(Quote) John-146319 said: John, I have often equated the level of awareness and education possessed by RCIA Catholics pertaining to the te...
(Quote) John-146319 said:
John, I have often equated the level of awareness and education possessed by RCIA Catholics pertaining to the tenets of the Faith to that of naturalized citizens in similar reference to US history, government, and constitutional rights. Like naturalized citizens, RCIA candidates are beyond the age of reason when they make the independent choice to join the Catholic Church and convert to the Faith. As such, converts are better educated with current interpretations of the infrastructure and underpinnings of the Faith, much like naturalized citizens are better informed with understandings of American government and their rights and privileges as citizens. Fortunately, RCIA in most US parishes is also open to cradle Catholics who wish to gain a better understanding of their Faith. Apart from that, apologetics can and should be studied independently by all Catholics as a form of stewardship and as a personal evangelic ministry.
To many of us, education about The Faith happened when we were children. It needs to be approached in adulthood, as well---which may be why so many Catholics appear under-educated about their faith. Also, we Catholics depend on our priests for interpretation of the Bible, as much of it is quite complex: much like interpretation of poetry, and requires a theological education, or access to it. If we attend mass regularly we gain much!
RCIA may meet the needs of many for an overall review, as well as bible studies and other classes held at the parishes. Those questions that were never quite answered as children, may become much more clear as an adult. Another good approach is to ask good praciticing Catholics for reading on particular Catholics issues and subjects. You many even find some good suggestions from people here!