a) If the Bishop decides circumstances warrant: a change in time outside
the usual times (RCIA #34.2);
b) Danger of death (c. 865.2);
c) Serious pastoral needs (a great many people to be baptized) (RCIA #26).
4. Divorced People: A divorced person may participate in the RCIA process
and receive the sacraments. There is no impediment to being received into the Church. However,
it is important that they know the teaching of the Church regarding marriage. The divorced
do not need to petition for an annulment before receiving the sacraments of initiation. They
will need to petition for an annulment if they plan to marry in the future.
5. Divorced, Remarried and in Need of an Annulment. If a person is divorced,
remarried, and in need of an annulment, they may participate in the precatechumenate, the
Rite of Acceptance, and the period of Catechumenate. They may not participate in the Rite
of Election until their annulment has been granted.
6. Recording of those Received into Full Communion. There may be some confusion
about the recording of the reception of baptized Christians into the Catholic faith from other
faith traditions. Here is what the RCIA rite # 486 says: “The names of those received
into the full communion of the Catholic Church should be recorded in a special book, with
the date and place of their baptism also noted”.
In checking with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, they do not know of any
publisher producing a “special book” for the newly received. If a parish has made
it’s own “special book” for the newly received and is recording the information
there, that is proper and may continue.
However, if you have no “special book”, the reception is to be recorded in the
parish Baptismal Register according to the procedure outlined in RCIA #486. Of course, the
Confirmation and First Communion of the newly received are to also be recorded in the parish
Confirmation and First Communion register.