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  1. My name is David Hackett. I am from Cork and 34 years old. I would like to publicly acknowledge my symbolic defection from the Catholic Church.

  2. I do renounce any connection to the Roman Catholic Church and denounce its claims for ecclesiastical authority. I am not pleased however with Notme’s Un-baptism certificate that was produced after I registered. It does not accurately state my position, but instead inserts another worldview that is also not mine. There was no preview showing what was to be posted in my name. I therefore, also denounce Notme’s worldview as well.

    Bryan Benedetti

  3. I was baptised as a baby in Waterford and wish to officially and legally defect from the church; this symbolic defection is better than nothing I guess.

    How is it legal for the Catholic Church not to accept defection? Is there any case against them or could there be? Has there been any recent discussions about changes to this?

  4. Just looking at the defection roll… it appears many people are filling in the sections wrong e.g. instead of filling the name of the church they were baptised in they are writing ‘catholic church’ or ‘Roman Catholic Church’ and some have left joke names e.g. ‘AK47’. I think this might end up discrediting what you are doing here. Can you not go back and amend some of these or at least blank the ‘church’ and ‘parish’ sections where they have been misfilled?

  5. Hi,
    I do wish renounce any connection to the Roman Catholic Church but I don´t want to be an atheist. I wish to be free of all titles or labels. I desperately want to be renounce officially not just symbolically but I do not wish to do so by having to join another group. Can you help?
    many thanks,
    Ailbhe

  6. This was posted online and expresses a fear and worry that many people may have regarding the church.

    “Like many Irish people I was baptised when I was young. I’m not particularly religious, so I would like to ‘leave’ the Catholic Church.
    For a while it looked like it was possible to leave the Roman Catholic Church, a process called ‘defection’. An Irish site Count Me Out explained the process and gave you all the required forms to fill out.
    However things have changed. The Catholic Church have changed their rules and no longer allow people to leave/defect. I filled in all the forms and sent them off. I got this letter back from them, basically saying you can’t defect anymore, but they’ll remember that I want to defect.
    I’m considering what to do next.”

    I responded as follows;
    Hi Rory,
    In response to your question, let me first point out that my view comes from carefully reading what Jesus spoke but deliberately without the attachment of ‘church’ rhetoric. As a result of this careful deliberation I wrote a book titled ‘The People Whisperer’. https://store.kobobooks.com/search…
    What I say below is based on the fact that the church uses illogical definitions that are contrary to those Jesus would have used.
    To address your situation and provide some direction for you, please consider the following;
    Did you make an agreement to join a church or did you make an agreement to follow Jesus? Think carefully on this. Let your inner spirit guide you. Was the purpose of joining ‘the church’ to seek God or was it to have fellowship with people and not to seek God?
    The most important phrase to consider here is from Matthew 18:18 where Jesus says; Most certainly I tell you, whatever things you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever things you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Matthew 5:31
    Everything we agree on here on earth is already agreed on in heaven. It occurs at the same time. There is no millisecond delay. Jesus would have said so if there was. It is another way Jesus says that heaven is here on earth and that we are all a part of God. There is much more detail in the book. The same goes from that what we let go of. There is no time gap or need for a repetition of what has already happened. It is already done when we do it on earth because heaven is here on earth and we have God within us as we make and dissolve our agreements .
    If you joined a church to seek God and or Jesus then your agreement is with God and or Jesus. You do not need the church to agree because your agreement is not with the church. (God and Jesus are one and the same. It is detailed in the book). It is not up to the ‘church to ‘release you because your agreement is with God, not the church. The church may want to claim that it is Jesus’ official representative but the church is nothing more than a false prophet. How can we know that? By its fruit. Today’s church does not do what Jesus did. The Vatican brags of its city of stored valuables and collectibles, larger than any other in the world. The church does not deliver what Jesus did centuries ago. If it did we would not need all the hospitals we have. There is much more detail in my book. If your agreement is for fellowship alone without God then you need to have the agreement of those who you had fellowship with. If that fellowship was based solely on a mutual seeking of God then your agreement is still with God if you feel that the others are not producing the fruit that Jesus did. If they are still attending Church then they are not producing the results Jesus did because the church they are attending has never produced those results.
    The only question is if you were seeking God or not.
    Let me know if you have further questions,
    Jan Maria Reijers (Pen Name)
    John Verway

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  7. I have tonight commenced separation from the Catholic Church in Australia. It was the testimony of Cardinal George Pell via telelink with the hearing into what happened in Ballarat that served as the propagator for this decision. I have consulted with this website as to the process and have sent a communication to the Archbishop in Perth of my decision.

    It has to be said that this doesn’t mean that I am an Atheist but it does mean that I am freeing myself from the ties to an organisation that is recalcitrant and abusive in it’s dealing with its members and with the wider international community.

  8. When I was a baby some bloke in a dress poured water on my head. That’s all that happened, nothing magical or mystical. The bloke in a dress had a mental disease that made him think that magic was happening but he was mad so who cares. I don’t feel the need to convince some other mad bloke in a dress to tell me that he will arrange for the magic to be dispelled because that would imply that I acknowledge there was magic there in the first place, and I don’t.

    So I just want to tell all the other people out there that were washed by a mad bloke in a dress, don’t worry about it. Babies get washed a lot during the first couple of years of their lives. Don’t get upset just because your parents or guardians decided to let a crazy man wash you once.

    • Did you find it difficult, John? May I ask which diocese you defected from? I believe that each diocese treats request for defections and excommunications quite differently.

  9. Hello I have deregistered as a Catholic .When will I get a (confirmation) letter of acknowledgement..Or what happens next.