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Table of ContentsIII. Time and Place of InitiationV. Adaptations by the BishopEndnotes

IV. Adaptations by Conferences of Bishops Using This Roman Ritual

64. In addition to the adaptations envisioned in the General Introduction to Christian Initiation nos. 30-33, the rite of initiation of adults allows for the conferences of bishops to decide on other adaptations.

65. The conferences have discretionary power to make the following decisions:

  1. to establish, where it seems advisable, some method of receiving well-disposed inquirers ("sympathizers") prior to the catechumenate (see no. 12);
  2. to insert, where paganism is widespread, the first exorcism and the first renunciation into the rite of entrance into the order of catechumens (nos. 79-80);
  3. to decree that the tracing of the sign of the cross upon the forehead be replaced by making that sign before the forehead, in areas where the act of touching may not seem proper (no. 83);
  4. to decree that in the rite of entrance into the order of catechumens (no. 88) candidates receive a new name wherever it is the practice of non-Christian religions to give a new name to initiates immediately;
  5. to allow within the same rite (no. 89), according to local customs, subsidiary rites that symbolize reception into the community;
  6. to establish during the period of the catechumenate, in addition to the usual rites (nos. 106-124), "rites of passage": for example, anticipating the presentations (nos. 125-126), the ephphetha rite, the catechumens' recitation of the creed, or even the anointing with the oil of catechumens (nos. 127-129);
  7. to decree the omission of the anointing with the oil of catechumens (no. 218) or its transferral to the immediately preparatory rites (nos. 206-207) or its use during the period of the catechumenate as a kind of "rite of passage" (nos. 127-132);
  8. to make the formularies of renunciation more specific and detailed (see nos. 80,217).

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