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In the early years of Catholicism, worshippers with a common purpose banded together to create one of the biggest Christian entities. At the time the Catholic Church started all Christian beliefs that came before it were thought of as heresy. Even today the Catholic Church still does not recognize other denominations of the faith. The recent Second Vatican Council ...view middle of the document...
How does a person become Catholic? Until this interview I had no idea it was a long process. Father McDevitt told me that everyone is welcome in the Catholic religion. The first step was to become baptized. Someone who has never been baptized is called a catechumen, not baptized. The Time the catechumenate takes varies depending on how much the catechumen has learned. It also depends on how ready he believes he is to take when becoming a Christian. However, the catechumenate lasts less than a year. The purpose of the catechumenate is to teach the background of Catholic doctrines. The next is the right of election. The catechumen expresses the desire to become a Christian. There are seven rituals they must take part in before the initiation. The initiation takes place the day before Easter. During the evening mass the catechumen is baptized.
For Christians, who come to the Catholic Church already baptized, the wait is much shorter. They do not have to go through the same rituals the catechumen do. There induction into the Catholic Church can take place any Sunday throughout the year. Even though these Christians have been baptized, the priest still holds confession to remove any remaining sin from the host. Afterwards, the priest administers the sacrament of confirmation. From this point the Christian is accepted into the Catholic faith and the church’s congregation.
The next question I asked was about the Catholic Church’s position on gay marriage. Father McDevitt refused an official position for the church, but quoted the Bible to me in defense. He said, “Scripture records God's statement that it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him" (Gen. 2:18). As a result, "a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24). Some may forego the good of marriage to serve a higher calling (cf. Matt. 19:10-12), but it is a good nevertheless.” Because the Church sees marriage as holy it must be treated with reverence. It recognizes that marriage is a public institution that must be defended against harm. (Personal communication, June 6, 2010). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies . . . must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." (Catechism of the Catholic Church Ibid 2358.). I believed this answer to be a good comparison from the answers I had seen on television prior to the interview.
I asked Father McDevitt about his thoughts on the book and movie, The Da Vinci Code. He shook his head, but remained polite. “Where can I even start?” he said. M McDevitt (personal communication, June 6, 2010) He explained to me that the book was just a book. There are more incorrect facts then there were correct. He told me the prospect of the Catholic Church possessing a specialized...