- Why does the Pope think he's infallible?
- Do people get cast out of the Church if they don't believe what the Vatican says? (and the variant, what if they don't believe as the Pope says).
- Can a priest cast you out of the Church if he doesn't like your confession?
- How much of the Catholic Faith do I need to believe to be considered a good Catholic? (i.e., disagreement with teaching on contraception)
- How do I get back into the Church's graces after divorce?
- Why do Catholics say that other religions don't have salvation? (or why does the Catholic Church believe that it's the true church)
- Does Catholicism have variations?
I was amused by the questions about headcoverings and canon law. However, I came away with a disturbing feeling that there's a "what's-the-minimum-I-have-to-do-to-become-a-Catholic?" attitude. My suspicion was confirmed by our priest in a "decompression session" after class. He sensed that I needed to vent. Very astute of him. Anyway, he charged me with making sure that the class understands that this is a period of discernment and therefore they need to--at the very least--attend Mass and pray.
There are a couple of people there who are pretty serious about becoming Catholics. We had been exchanging e-mails about doctrinal issues for a few months now and they are present at Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Those two will be in a separate track from the uncatechized and unbaptized. The level of discussion with the rest of the class will only serve to alienate and frustrate them.
One of the things about RCIA that frustrates me is how everyone is lumped in together in class, the uncatechized/unbaptized with those who are practicing Christians. The adult catechesis documents say expressly that they are not to be lumped together. My own experience in coming into the Church was being grouped with people whose basic knowledge of Christianity was seriously lacking. Furthermore, our curriculum was lectionary-based and so the catechesis was thin gruel. "Breaking open the Word" was dangerous country where sharing opinions was all there was. Support materials tended to be hit-and-miss...i.e., "here's Catholic Update on this topic"....which promptly ended in the trash can for me.
Anyway, how is your parish's RCIA program run? How well do you know those directing the classes?