Juridically “received”

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I have an 18 year old senior who is scheduled to be confirmed with her class soon. I just found out that she was baptized Methodist back when she was four years old, but then made her First Penance and First Communion at my parish when she was about 10 years old. Her mom is Catholic. We have no record of her going through RCIA or being received into the Church. (I’m sure the Pastor at that time didn’t do any of that.) Do we consider that Penance and Communion “received” her into full communion, or should there be a gesture of reception yet with her? Your thoughts?


A: I think that she was juridically “received” (instead of ritually received) at the time of her first communion.

A canonist I know has a statement on this pertaining to children below catechetical age, but I think that this case is close enough. No further ritual is necessary.