Hi, guys —
- How does one completely disengage
from the Catholic Church?
does one completely disengage from
the Catholic Church? }
Hi, Robert —
Sorry to hear you feel this way.
- Are there any issues we can
help with or address?
- Is there a specific reason,
you or whoever, wishes to disengage
from the Church?
- How does one
completely disengage from
the Catholic Church?
If you are a baptized Christian,
whether you are a Catholic or not,
you will always be a Christian. Baptism
imprints a character on your soul
that can't be removed. From a Catholic
view, it's like asking:
- How do I stop being a member
of my natural family?
You really can't, though my colleague
Eric answered a similar question
Hope this helps,
Hi, Robert —
In essence, this is not possible.
The best you can do is stop receiving
Under law, you will always be treated
as a Catholic (unless the law changes).
You cannot reverse Baptism.
You can formally adopt another religion,
or you can formally renounce Catholicism
by word and deed.
You will always be a baptized person,
with a supernatural capacity to live
the life of God and, should you choose to, to know the truth.
Let me add one more thing to think
about. Baptism is analogous to Marriage.
Even though your parents and godparents
may have stood up for you when consent
was made at your Baptism with their I
do's, it was in essence the
ratification to your marriage with
Christ, our Groom, as a Catholic
Christian. Similar to Christian marriage
you have the freedom to leave and
breach this Covenant by cohorting
or even cohabitating with other gods (or
distorted versions of the same God).
However, as Christian marriage is
indissoluble, the character of this
marital bond to Christ as a baptized
Catholic Christian also remains.
Though you have the freedom to leave, and you should always follow your
properly formed conscience, other
religious relationships outside of
this covenant could be seen as objectively
analogous to adultery.