Confirmation completes the initiation of a person into the Catholic Church. It is considered one of the three sacraments of initiation, along with Baptism and the Eucharist. The Church teaches that the graces imparted by baptism are perfected in the sacrament of Confirmation, and it encourages all baptized Catholics to receive Confirmation if they have not done so already.
The Catholic Church teaches that Confirmation was prefigured in the Gospel of Matthew at Christ's baptism in the River Jordan when the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the form of a dove. In the Book of Acts, the Apostles are filled with the Holy Spirit, which they pass on to other Christians through the laying on of hands. The Church considers the laying on of hands to be an essential part of the sacrament, along with the words "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." The Church uses consecrated oil in Confirmation as an outward sign of the inward grace conferred by the sacrament. It believes that the sacrament imprints a spiritual mark upon the soul of the receiver. Ordinarily the sacrament of Confirmation is administered by a bishop, but the bishop can grant faculties for Confirmation to parish priests on occasions where the bishop cannot be present.Learn More
Religious organizations are not generally bound by the same financial reporting requirements as other entities, but the Catholic Church is very likely to be the wealthiest single religious organization on Earth. The Economist estimates that annual expenditures of the Catholic Church in the United States alone exceed $170 billion.Full Answer >
People are confirmed to complete the process that the Catholic Church terms "baptismal grace." The three steps in the process are baptism, Eucharist or first communion, and finally confirmation, which form the sacrament of initiation.Full Answer >
The Great Western Schism, as opposed to the Great East-West Schism, had a profound destabilizing effect on the faith people held in the institution of the Catholic Church. Most of all, it seriously deteriorated the prestige and assumed authenticity of papal power.Full Answer >
A Kairos retreat is a multi-day spiritual awakening activity sponsored by the Catholic Church for high school and college-age youth. The purpose of the retreat is to help the participants contemplate their relationship with God, discover their own identity and build stronger bonds with their peers. The Kairos retreat dates back to the 1960s and has its roots in the 16th century spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.Full Answer >