No, it's not. If I spent the time getting my hands on the defection form, filling it out and sending it away surely it means I thought it through. I think it might be a last ditch attempt to make you think twice, that makes me happy - it means that it matters to them that I'm leaving.lostexpectation wrote:is this really necessary?I sent mine at the start of the year and didn't get a reply till the middle of March. I had to confirm my choice and send it away again. Still waiting.
The problem the Catholic church don't realise is that not every member on the register is a catholic or supports the church. Most of the young generation have no interest in the Church, it is only kept alive by the older generation. We have become more secularised in the last couple of decades, but old catholic Ireland is still within living memory. Society has changed but there is still a base-line of old die hard catholics, we have to wait until they die or their influence is diluted by the next generation.
We still might have relatively high mass attendance and "cultural" catholics, but that is far better than real die hard catholics. I think the evolutionary line goes like this:
staunchly catholic - a la carte catholic - "cultural" catholic - cuddly "church of england" catholic