Today I got a response from the Chancellor of the Columbus Diocese.
I will transcribe it for you.
Your notice of defection from the Catholic Church was forwarded to Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus of which you are now a resident, from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. I have been asked been asked by Bishop Campbell to respond to your declaration of defection on his behalf.
I wish to first express my sorrow that you have concluded that you desire to defect from the Catholic Church. It is apparent from your postal and email address that you are a student at The Ohio State University [Me: What?], and so I encourage you to seek to speak with a member of the clergy or staff at the St. Thomas More Newman Center to discuss further your concerns and resolution regarding the Catholic Church.
Regarding your notification of defection, I need to explain that it is true that with the implementation of the 1983 Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church there was a process by which a person's notification of defection from the Catholic Church could be received and that notification would have the canonical effect of recognizing and recording such a defection. With the motu proprio Omnium in mentem, dated October 26, 2009, however, this procedure was removed from the Code with the effect that a person's declared defection can no longer be recognized by the Catholic Church. Given that your declaration was made on November 7, 2011, it is not possible for you to receive confirmation that your attempted defection will have canonical effect or be recorded in your baptism record.
Because of this change in the Canon Law of the Church and the resulting lack of canonical effect, it is equally true that you are prevented from seeking reconciliation with the Church and receiving the sacraments beyond seeking reconciliation with the Church and receiving the sacraments beyond celebrating the Sacrament of Confession. That being stated, any member of the Catholic clergy would certainly respect your declared desire not to receive the ministry of the Church and so it is particularly imporatnt that you communicate your desire to whoever might otherwise contact the Church so long as you persist in the desire declared in your declaration of November 7, 2011.
Very Reverend Shawn D. Corcoran
So...I have to follow Catholic rules, even though I'm not Catholic? I'm at a crossroads here, dear readers. How should I proceed? I have a few ideas, but I'd like to hear yours. I am considering contacting the clergy member he recommended (or this dude himself) for a face-to-face meeting. Because that would be super fun.
I am also considering writing a letter listing all of things I have done that violate Catholic rules. I think making a comprehensive list would be super fun. If the church won't let me defect, then I will get excommunicated...which will be significantly more fun for me, and probably a lot more annoying for them.
My letter to them would look something like this.
Reasons to Excommunicate Me
- I have had premarital sex while using a condom.
- I use contraception on a regular basis.
- I have acted upon homosexual desires (and will do so again).
- I watch pornography.
- I support same sex marriage.
- I vote pro-choice.
- I have assisted women in getting to a medical center where they can obtain an abortion.
- I actively speak out against the pope's authority.
- I refer to belief in god as "silly, superstitious magic."
- I have not sought reconciliation for over a decade.
- I refused to get confirmed.
- I do not tithe.
- I frequently give money to secular and atheist charities.
- I work for an atheist organization.
- I am an atheist and do not believe in any supernatural deities.
- I organized a book tour for Richard Dawkins.
- I think the Catholic Church is a disgusting and morally reprehensible organization that protects child rapists and has helped spread AIDS in third world countries.
- I will publicly destroy a Bible and a magic Jesus cracker if you will not excommunicate me.
Is this enough to get me excommunicated, you think? Any other suggestions are totally welcome!
Suggestions from people:
Suggestions from people:
- I masturbate.
- I am engaged to a person of the same sex.
- I deny that the holy spirit exists.
- The bible is made up nonsense.