After a TV show about homosexuality and the church aired in Finland, people began leaving the church in droves. At the moment, more than 20,000 people have resigned.
On Saturday, some 4,500 members resigned from the church. On Sunday, a further 5,600 had quit, according to figures released by the Finnish-language online service “eroakirkosta.fi”.
Under normal circumstances, resignations total about 400 members over the course of three days.
Is that all it takes? An online form and the acknowledgment that the church is no friend to gay people? How simple… Who knows how many people will leave the church before the number levels off. (And how many of them would’ve left years ago if only they had known how to do it?)
If the Catholic church was brave, they’d make it easy for people to leave the faith. But they make it as hard as possible so they can keep the numbers high, even though many of those people want nothing to do with Catholicism.
Can you imagine a church that functioned like Zappos? “Come visit us and see what we have to offer! If you’re not interested, we’ll pay you to leave and only keep the people who really want to be here.”
It’d be better for the church and the people who don’t want to be there.
(Thanks to everyone for the link!)