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Why do they always refer to themselves as "not Catholic yet" or "almost Catholic" or "I'll be Catholic this Easter"?  I mean, if you believe the Creeds and you are living a Catholic life, wouldn't you be Catholic?
(11-22-2017, 04:25 PM)Justin Alphonsus Wrote: [ -> ]Why do they always refer to themselves as "not Catholic yet" or "almost Catholic" or "I'll be Catholic this Easter"?  I mean, if you believe the Creeds and you are living a Catholic life, wouldn't you be Catholic?

If they are already baptised and fulfill the conditions you list, they are, indeed, Catholic. If they are not yet baptised, they are not.


Quote:Can. 204 §1. The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through baptism, have been constituted as the people of God. For this reason, made sharers in their own way in Christ’s priestly, prophetic, and royal function, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world, in accord with the condition proper to each.
(11-22-2017, 04:25 PM)Justin Alphonsus Wrote: [ -> ]Why do they always refer to themselves as "not Catholic yet" or "almost Catholic" or "I'll be Catholic this Easter"?  I mean, if you believe the Creeds and you are living a Catholic life, wouldn't you be Catholic?

Because they're not baptised yet. Or not supposed to be, since RCIA is meant to be only for the unbaptised.
Got it!

Thanks!