Dutch Catholics “de-baptize” to protest Pope Benedict comments against gay marriage

December 27, 2012

(Pope Benedict XVI baptizes a baby during a mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican January 10, 2010. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano )

Thousands of Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information.

Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the Church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – “de-baptize.nl” – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage this month.

“Of course it’s not possible to be ‘de-baptized’ because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics,” Roes told Reuters.

He said he did not know how many visitors to the site actually go ahead and leave the Church.

About 28 percent of the population in the Netherlands is Catholic and 18 percent is Protestant, while a much larger proportion – roughly 44 percent – is not religious, according to official statistics.

The country is famous for its liberal attitudes, for example to drugs and prostitution, and in April 2001 it was the first in the world to legalize same-sex marriages.

In a Christmas address to Vatican officials, the pope signaled the he was ready to forge alliances with other religions against gay marriage, saying the family was threatened “to its foundations” by attempts to change its “true structure”.

Roes, a television director, said he left the Church and set up his website partly because he was angry about the way the Church downplayed or covered-up sexual abuse in Catholic orphanages, boarding schools and seminaries.

A report by an independent commission published a year ago said there had been tens of thousands of victims of child sexual abuse in the Netherlands since 1945 and criticized the Church’s culture of silence.

via Website helps Dutch Catholics “de-baptize” over gay marriage.

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Congratulations to these people for their honesty! They really don’t belong in the Church and are acting accordingly.

Posted by sg1510 | Report as abusive

De-baptism? A more sensible thing to do would be to try and see if you can declare your baptism null and void even according to Church Law.

Lots of priests are modernists – ie secret liberals who believe Jesus did not found the Church or start Catholic baptism. The CDF in the Vatican declared that Mormon baptism is invalid for Mormons hold that baptism was not established by Jesus Christ.

Lots of priests are atheists or believers in something different from the Catholic God. Modernists use religious language in a symbolic way. The CDF said that Mormon baptism despite being done in the name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit was done with the intention of denying the three in one God and so was invalid. It follows that a modernist priest whose theology of God may be even more unChristian than the Mormons cannot validly baptise. Its only a ceremony with no effect. It does not make the child a member of the Church like valid baptism allegedly does.

If you have reason to believe the priest who baptised you was a modernist at the time, then the baptism was invalid for he broke the Church rule “a valid baptism must always be performed with the intention to do what the Church does.”

Finally if baptism really puts God’s power and grace in you, you will know that. If you can’t perceive it then clearly you have proof but only to yourself that your baptism did nothing supernatural and was not real and thus you never were a real Catholic.

Posted by PatrickHGormley | Report as abusive