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Victor wrote:

Hi, guys —

I believe the Catholic Church to be the truest representation of what Christ intended, however,
I am unable to join the Church.

I suffer from a severe social anxiety disorder that despite my best efforts has crippled my life.
Others have tried to help me as well.

  • Is there hope for someone like me?
  • Being unable to even attend RCIA, what is someone like me supposed to do?


  { What if I want to join the Catholic Church but suffer from a severe social anxiety disorder? }

Fr. Jonathan and Mike gave the following team reply:

Hi Victor,

I sent Fr. Jonathan your question and he replied:

What's to stop him from using Skype for RCIA formation.

  • Are you familiar with this video software?

You would have to talk to your RCIA director about setting up a Skype installation up on a PC at the parish when classes are being given. On your end, at home, you would have to:

  • get a Video Cam for your PC and
  • install both:
    • the Video Cam software that comes with the Video Cam and
    • the Skype software.

Here are some Skype alternatives.

Not much of a techie?

  • Maybe you know a good friend who is a PC guy who can help you out, or
  • maybe the parish has someone they can send out to your house.

If you have addition concerns about being a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church and your obligation to receive the sacraments, talk to your pastor about:

  • having Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist make regular visits to your home, and
  • having a priest regularly visit you so you can receive the sacrament of Confession.

  • Does this help and make sense?


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