The catechuman phase lasts a year or more.
Calm me a cynic, but that would be a simple 'probationary' period of initiation. One of five. This is a simple bullshit ritual to convince the new disciple that he is on the way to being accepted by god (and the movement) This of course will also depend on how much money the new disciple can offer to the movement. The more you have , the more you give, the higher you get. Just like any other freeloading organisation.
This is what happens when one doesn't give to the movement;
5 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost
: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. [...............................]
10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
Yes this poor man and his wife were excommunicated (died) from the "church" for not giving all they had earned from a sale of some land. But Jesus (and the movement in particular) loves you, If you have enough fkn Dough.