Did you know that if you have ever been baptized in the church that they still count you as a member even if you've been an atheist for years? They'll keep counting you until you make your "defection" official.
For information on how to leave the Catholic church, visit CountMeOut (update: link no longer active). As you will see, the process is actually quite simple and involves the following steps:
- Complete a declaration of defection.
- Send it to your local diocese.
- Realize that they may request a meeting to discuss your decision. You don't have to comply, but you do need to respond or they may use this as an excuse not to process your request.
Update: The CountMeOut website I had been linking to above has shut down. You can read about why here. If you find an alternative, please let me know about it so I can help to get the word out.
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