I was too young to think for myself when I was baptized into the Catholic Church and I wasn’t asked for my opinion either. Now I despise this ignominious organization and I want out. Unfortunately the Church doesn’t let anybody leave voluntarily.
In their infinite arrogance they say that when you are baptized into the Church your soul is “marked” for eternity. The only way to get out is apparently to get excommunicated. But what the heck does one have to do to get excommunicated when apparently even child rape doesn’t do it? I shudder at the thought…
Some of my friends ask: why bother? Well, it is a matter of principle. I do not want to be counted as one of the “sheep” of a flock tended by hypocritical men in robes. I do not want my name to be on the registry of this repressive cult. I do not want to be tacitly associated with the Church-sponsored genocide in Africa. I want my protest against the current Pope and his decades long protection of child-rapists to be heard loud and clear.
I’ve been looking into how to do this and here is some of what I found:
Understand that there is no secular legal method for leaving the catholic church, but within the Catholic church a person can be forced out, usually by acting in a way that is contrary to church belief or goes against the code of canon law. Excommunication is the formal way the Catholic church punishes a member. The member is excluded from church worship services and can’t receive the sacraments.
Also found this article on WikiAnswers:
How do you get kicked out of the Catholic Church?
Being “kicked out” of the Catholic Church is impossible. Once you are baptized you become Catholic and one of the effects of baptism is to place an eternal mark on the soul that forever identifies that soul as a member of Christ’s Church, whether in heaven or hell. You can, however, become a “dead member” of the Church. To become a dead member is fairly simple, you can sin and remain unrepentant, thereby depriving yourself of the sacraments by joining another religion or practicing nothing at all, or you can commit an act that will incur excommunication, in which case, the Church Itself will no longer make the sacraments available to you.
The Church, due to spiritual, political or disciplinary circumstances, can pronounce a sentence of excommunication on someone that has shown severe disregard for God, His laws, His Church or Its members. There are certain sins or transgressions considered so heinous, however, that the sinner can incur an automatic excommunication, without the Church having to review and declare it. An automatic excommunication is attached to those sins that are so heinous the soul must have premeditated the deed and maliciously decided to go through with it despite the blatant obviousness of its evil. Automatic excommunication is incurred by heresy, schism (usurping legitimate Church authority), apostasy (denouncing the Faith by a member of the Faith), desecration of the Blessed Sacrament, violence against the person of the pope, involvement in an abortion, ordaining bishops without a papal mandate, absolution of a illicit sexual partner (for priests only, trying to cover their tracks), breaking the seal of confession or being a participant in any of the above. Someone who incurs an automatic excommunication must reveal their sin to a confessor who may require them to confess to a bishop, as some sins are so serious they must be put to a bishop first.
Interesting tidbit, they list: “desecration of the Blessed Sacrament” as worthy of excommunication. Does that mean that if I were to take a communion wafer and spit and step on it I would be excommunicated? Is this really worst in the Church’s eyes than child rape? However, according to this, the only result of excommunication is that you can no longer receive the “sacrament”, they probably still wouldn’t take my name off their books…
Seems like a lost cause, my “soul” is really doomed to be associated forever with the cult that steals from the poor and lives in a $150B gold palace.