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Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:33 pm
by Dane
Hi,

I dont know if this has been discussed before but does anyone know if its is possible to actually officially leave the catholic church in Ireland? Untill recently my lack of association with anything religous has been enough for myself but the idea that i am still officially a catholic is starting to irritate. In germany it is possible to leave because they have a church tax and leaving is a way of not having to pay this. But here??????

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:08 pm
by davef
Hi Dane, welcome to the forum.

See the De-baptism thread for this discussion.

Enjoy your stay here!

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:09 pm
by Scorpio
There HAS to be a way. Nobody can tell you that you are a catholic... you make the decision...

PLEASE get back to me if you find out it's not possible... because I will make it possible... :|

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:40 pm
by Ygern
Scorpio,

*ahem*

Click on the link davef provided above. Its quite possible. :)

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:27 am
by Scorpio
Oh... so you're saying de-baptism is the final step? How hard is it to do this? Do you have to be 18?

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:42 am
by Ygern
I'm not too sure. Legally the age of majority is 18.
Saying that, religious matters are not legal matters. But I am not sure if there is any applicable case precedent on this.

I'm going to phone a friend. :)
Will report back.

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:55 am
by Scorpio
Thanks...

I feel so horrible and dirty knowing I 'legally' exist as a Roman Catholic... :lol:

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:17 am
by JH
Scorpio wrote:Oh... so you're saying de-baptism is the final step? How hard is it to do this? Do you have to be 18?
Here's some unsolicited advice: Wait another few years until you're safely out of the house and living on your own.

Otherwise you'll be on a collision course with your parents... I can feel it coming! :D

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:19 am
by Scorpio
Fuck my parents...

My beliefs are my beliefs and nobody will stop me believing them... :D

Re: Leaving the catholic church

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:10 pm
by Ygern
I don't think its one of those things worth having a fight over, its after all more of a gesture than anything else. I think JH's advice is dead-on.

As you say, what you think in your own head is your own private business.
But there's little point in aggravating your parents for the sake of an empty gesture. Its not that I disagree with the idea debaptism, its just not something that's going to make any real difference one way or the other to your outward life.

Being an atheist is not made any less valid by a musty old paper record or certificate.