How to Join the Catholic Church

On this page we shall detail how to become Catholic today, in obedience to pope Michael, the pope of Catholicism. (Note: This page is not an official Church document and has not yet been approved, and is only a draft, so view its contents with caution.)

Questions to ask:

1. Have you been validly baptized? If so, proceed to question 2. To determine if you were validly baptized, the correct matter, form, and intent must be used, and valid Catholic baptisms can occur in other groups which claim the name “Christian”. You can determine if you have received a valid baptism, [insert determination method here]. If you have had some kind of baptism but are not sure if it was valid, you may need a conditional baptism, and keep this in mind as you proceed to question #2.

2. Do you know and believe the Catholic faith? If so, proceed to question 3. If not, you should study the catechism. A link to a few catechisms can be found on the START HERE page. You could also start praying for help and guidance, and to see the PRAYERS FOR STUDY page.

3. Have you made a profession of faith and abjuration of errors? [Insert information on how to do this] If you have had a valid baptism and know and believe the Catholic faith, next you must make this profession and abjuration. If you have not yet been baptized, you may be baptized and then make a profession of faith [note: is abjuration of error necessary?]. If you have had a doubtful baptism, you will receive a conditional baptism and make a profession of faith. [Note: Can the conditional baptism or baptism be done at home?] Proceed to question 4.

4. Have you made a general confession? If you were not newly baptized or conditionally, you ought to confess the sins you have committed since your baptism and/or throughout your life. [Note: Ought the baptized to do this?] Those who have been baptized have had their sins prior to their baptism forgiven. If you cannot confess to a priest, make a perfect act of contrition with the intention to confess to a priest as soon as possible. Given the Crisis we live in today, it may not be reasonably possible for you to confess to a priest, so if you cannot use ordinary means to confess, then do not worry about this [clarify this here?]. Going the extra mile is commendable here and encouraged, though not if one’s duties of state in life are neglected. Proceed to question 5.

5. Have you received the sacrament of penance? If so, proceed to question 6. It may not be possible to do this given a shortage of clergy today, so you may reasonably stop here if you do not have access to any priests.

6. Have you received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist? If so, proceed to question 7.

7. Have you received the sacrament of Confirmation? If so, proceed to question 8.

What specific changes to Catholic life should be made today due to the shortage of clergy, until the Restoration occurs?

In general, the rule of thumb today is that an impossible law cannot bind. So, for instance if one cannot fulfill the Easter duty by receiving sacraments of penance and the Holy Eucharist, one is not obligated to do so and might consider doing some other pious act of prayer as a substitute.

If no priest is available: Instead of the sacrament of penance, rely on making perfect acts of contrition. On Sundays, consider still fasting from midnight and praying the prayers in the missal [note: is this obligatory? I kind of think it should be] and making Sunday holy. Consider forming Catholic prayer groups and perhaps God can send a priest for administering sacraments periodically.

A more detailed Catholic way of life should be written up, including instruction on sending children to school and so on, and will hopefully be done in time.

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