Q: We have a situation here in which we were told about a person who is of another Christian tradition and has been baptized and confirmed in their faith tradition. Would that person need to be re-confirmed upon entering into the Catholic faith? Is there a book or article that we could also refer to for information of this type? Thank you for whatever help you can give us.
A: The only non-Catholic confirmations we recognize are those from Orthodox Churches. Other Christian churches who practice confirmation do not regard it as a sacrament, and we do not recognize the validity of the orders of their ministers. Just as we cannot accept the Eucharist over which their ministers preside, so we do not accept their confirmation. Here are a few of my book titles that have explored relevant themes: