I haven’t believed in any form of religion since I was twelve and even then I thought it was all nonsense.
But yet, until recently, I thought it was sufficient simply to walk away.
I was wrong.
The Catholic church is not something you just walk away from, because the Catholic church clings like old chewing gum to everything it touches. It abuses our children and our sick. It owns our politicians, and it takes our money.
It hates us.
Therefore, to walk away is not good enough.
We must brush it off as we might remove something distasteful from our sleeve.
There’s a web site called countmeout.ie that will automate the process for you if you happen to be a collapsed catholic, but I felt it would be more appropriate to write out the documentation by hand. It seemed like the right thing to do.
I wrote two things: a letter to the local catholic bishop, Donal Murray, and a formal declaration of defection. I made some modifications to the wording on that web site because I wanted to convey slightly more emphasis, and show considerably less respect to a debased and discredited institution.
To Bishop Donal Murray, I wrote this:
Please remove my name from the baptismal register for the diocese of Limerick.
I enclose a declaration of defection completed and signed, together with my personal details.
I have no confidence in the Catholic church, nor any belief in it, and neither do I have any confidence in you personally.
Then I wrote out a formal declaration.
Declaration of Defection from the Roman Catholic Church
(Actus formalis defectionis ab ecclesia catholica)
I, Bock, give formal notice of my defection from the Roman Catholic church. I do not wish to be regarded as a member of the Roman Catholic church.
I am aware of the consequences of this act regarding the reception of the sacraments of the church, including the sacraments of the eucharist, marriage and the sick, and with regard to burial.
I will make this decision known to my next of kin and ensure that they know of this decision in the event that I become incapacitated.
I make this declaration without any form of mental reservation, evasion, duplicity or deception. I further make this declaration under solemn oath, being of sound mind and body, and in the presence of a witness who can testify as to the validity of this document.
Address Friend’s place
Date 2nd December 2009
That’s it. Quite simple. They have to accept what I tell them, and suddenly they can no longer count me among their statistics.
Why do I do this?
Because it isn’t good enough any more to slink away from these bastards.