As I mentioned in my earlier post about this (“Excommunication“) I want to leave the Catholic church. The first question I always get is “why?” typically followed shortly thereafter with “if you don’t believe in it, why is so important?”
This is something I’m doing for the principal of it. While I agree with many of the teachings of Jesus, I wholeheartedly do not believe in many the teachings or acts of the Church. I firmly believe that the Catholic Church is a perversion of the original teachings and I feel I must do everything in my power to separate myself from them and what I perceive as the evil that they are bringing to the world.
I am not doing this lightly, nor without much thought and introspection. I’ve chewed this over in my head for many years and I’ve not swayed from my original stance. This is my belief.
Now onto why I’m doing this. Moreover, why I’m doing this in a public forum.
I want to ensure I have “legal” ground to stand on with the church. (Yes, they have their own legal system — more on that in another day’s post) To get excommunicated one must commit one of several offenses. From Wikipedia:
According to the Catholic Church, excommunication, in the sense of a formal proceeding, is not a penalty, but rather a formal proclamation of a pre-existing condition in a more or less prominent member of the Catholic Church. When such a person commits acts that in themselves separate him from the communion of the faithful, particularly when by word, deed, or example he or she “spreads division and confusion among the Faithful”, it is necessary for the Church to clarify the situation by means of a formal announcement, which informs the laity that this is not a person to follow, and notifies the clergy that the person, by their own willful acts, has separated from the Church and is no longer to receive the sacraments, with the exception of Reconciliation if they turn from their ways. The decree may also indicate the mode of Reconciliation required for re-entry into the Church, specifying whether the local bishop may administer the process or it is reserved to the Pope. Excommunication is never a merely “vindictive penalty” (designed solely to punish), but is always used as a “medicinal penalty” intended to pressure the person into changing their behaviour or statements, repent and return to full communion.
One of the principal means to spread division and confusion is by heresy. Again, from Wikipedia:
Heresy is a controversial or novel change to a system of beliefs, especially a religion, that conflicts with established dogma. It is distinct from apostasy, which is the formal denunciation of one’s religion, principles or cause, and blasphemy, which is irreverence toward religion. The founder or leader of a heretical movement is called a heresiarch, while individuals who espouse heresy are known as heretics. Heresiology is the study of heresy.
I am guilty of apostasy. I have in the past, and now formally and publicly denounce the Catholic church. I will be guilty of heresy with these series of posts. While these are true, I will not blaspheme; I personally hold religion as irrelevant to my existence, but I have and will fight to preserve to right for others to pursue their beliefs. Similarly I have never, nor will I ever, knowing desecrate something that someone perceives as sacred. I want to ensure I hold my actions above that which I abhor.
As written by the First Vatican Council, I will prove myself anathema to the church. I refuse to abide by the idiotic dogma. I refuse to believe in the primacy of the pope. I refuse to be associated with an institution that I feel is guilty of murder. I refuse to belong to an intolerant organization — intolerant by both teachings and actions.
Moreover, I will at the end of this I will submit my formal “resignation.”
Between the two I hope to prove to The Church that I should be gone from their membership. In the form of heresy I hope to open the eyes of others to the evils that The Church brings upon humanity. I hope to offer an alternative to the hypocrisies they speak.
My alternative isn’t a religion. It’s merely a way of thinking. You can be religious or spiritual as your heart, brain and soul commands you.
Whatever that is, be true to yourself. But be certain that the teachings you follow are true to your heart.
Just don’t be hypocritical. Hypocrisy is what I consider to be among the highest of sins.
Know who you are. Be who you are.