People are leaving the Catholic Church.
Well, at least blogger Jim Gardner is… but surely he’s not alone.
He needs to go through a “formal act of defection” first:
Roman Catholic canon law allows a process known as a “formal act of defection” from the faith. This means that a note will be made on a person’s baptismal record stating that they have left the church.
Here’s a bit of the note he’s sending a priest at the Bishops House, who needs the statement in writing:
But more than all of this, Father Stott, I tend to agree with Agnesë Mother Teresa Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, when she said, “I no longer feel God’s presence, even in the Eucharist”, because to my mind, it is a simple matter of deductive logic that there is no such omnipotent being as God, least of all the petulant sadist worshipped by those of my former faith from which I now seek final and public excommunication.…
For these reasons and myriad others, which I am almost certain you are equally uninterested in hearing about as you are those above, I hereby formally request that I am no longer, as a matter of public record, to be considered a Catholic. I would be grateful for written confirmation of this request as and when you are able to provide it.
Look on the bright side, father. You lose me, you gain Tony Blair.
Nice. Here’s the rest of the note. How cool would it be if you got a formal letter of un-acceptance from the Vatican. With a stamped signature from the Pope.
That would be worth framing.
(via How Good Is That?)