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Young Catholics deserting church in droves to protest same-sex unions ban

Around 700 young people have formally left the Catholic Church in Belgium since the Vatican banned blessings for same-sex couples.

Johan Bonny, bishop of Antwerp, told The Tablet that many of their members pulled away from the Catholic Church after the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) issued its controversial rules around blessings for same-sex couples in March.

In an explanatory note, the Vatican’s orthodoxy office told church members that same-sex couples must not be given blessings as doing so would be an affront to God.

In addition to the 700 people who have formally left the church, 2,000 have cancelled their baptismal registrations in Belgium’s Catholic stronghold, Bonny said.

Speaking at a webinar hosted by The Tablet on Wednesday (28 April), Bonny said there was a “dramatic” backlash from “mainly straight people” in his diocese who felt that the Catholic Church’s regressive guidance was “a step too far”.

Bonny was highly critical of the CDF, saying its firm ban on blessings for same-sex couples represented a “theological weakness”.

“It’s as if it was written in the time of Pius XII,” he said, suggesting that the document fails to take into account advancements in theological thinking that have taken place in recent decades.

He said the Vatican had failed to consult with bishops and other departments within the Catholic Church before issuing its explanatory note in March.

Bonny said the cost of this failure is that people are leaving the Catholic Church in their droves.

“It’s not about principles or theories – it is about real people and that is my concern,” Bonny said.

“That is our responsibility in front of God our Father,” he added.

‘Demoralised’ friends and family of LGBT+ people are leaving the Catholic Church

There was significant backlash within the Catholic Church when the CDF issued its rules around same-sex unions in March.

The controversial document claimed that same-sex relationships are “not ordered to the Creator’s plan” and said offering blessings to queer couples would constitute “a certain imitation” of opposite sex marriage.

The document said that God loves all his children and they are more important to him than the sins they commit.

However, it added: “But he does not and cannot bless sin: he blesses sinful man, so that he may recognise that he is part of his plan of love and allow himself to be changed by him. He in fact ‘takes us as we are, but never leaves us as we are’.”

Days after the guidance was issued, Jesuit priest James Martin – who campaigns for LGBT+ acceptance and inclusion within the institution – said the Catholic Church was facing its biggest walk out since the child-sexual abuse scandal.

Martin said “demoralised” Catholics were ready to leave the church over the document – and it wasn’t just LGBT+ people who were planning on calling it quits. Their families and friends were also preparing to walk out, he said.

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by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

And the rest are leaving because the Catholic Church molested thousands upon thousands of kids all over the world

by Anonymousreply 105/02/2021

How do you "formally leave" the Catholic Church? They make it sound like there's some form you have to fill out. All you do is stop going to church.

by Anonymousreply 205/02/2021

Considering this cites 700 out of 1.2 million professed Catholics... This is hardly a landslide victory.

by Anonymousreply 305/02/2021

Hee. Those closet caftans will have to start auctioning-off their paintings and gold goblets if this keep$ up.

by Anonymousreply 405/02/2021

[quote] How do you "formally leave" the Catholic Church?

You can leave the church, but the Catholic guilt never leaves you..

by Anonymousreply 505/02/2021

R2, in Germany you have to formally leave, otherwise you're still paying the church taxes

[quote]All citizens in Germany who are officially registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews pay a religious tax on their annual income tax bill. If you are a employed and received a regular salary, the German Church Tax is collected in the same way as the standard income tax model. If you want to quit paying the church tax in Germany, you have to do an “Kirchenaustritt“. It translates to “Church exit”.

by Anonymousreply 605/02/2021

Good news. Everyone needs to denounce organized religion.

by Anonymousreply 705/02/2021

In Poland, if you want to formally leave the catholic church, you have to proceed with a process called apostasy. Otherwise, you'll still be part of church statistics and formally count as one of the members. Apostasy sort of cancels your baptism and disconnects you from the institution.

A couple of years ago it was pretty difficult to do, as you needed 3 witnesses to testify that you're not crazy to leave the church. Now all you need is have an appointment with a priest, hand him a form and wait a couple of weeks for the process to complete. I did mine back in January and am very happy to have nothing to do with those freaks. Catholic church in Poland really is terrible.

by Anonymousreply 805/02/2021

Could you use a less misogynistic homophobic source than PenisNews? They've done the gay community almost as much harm in much less time.

by Anonymousreply 905/02/2021

Of course people are abandoning the church. He supports every leftwing policy but gay marriage.

by Anonymousreply 1005/02/2021

Homosexuality is right-wing because it is untreated gender dysphoria.

by Anonymousreply 1105/02/2021

[wuote]R2 How do you "formally leave" the Catholic Church? They make it sound like there's some form you have to fill out. All you do is stop going to church.

Notifying the church that you’ve formally resigned is supposed to get that statement filed alongside your baptismal register.

[bold]How to Leave the Catholic Church[/bold]

[italic]1. Complete a declaration of defection.

2. Send it to your local diocese.

3. Realize that they may request a meeting to discuss your decision. You don't have to comply, but you do need to respond to the request or they may use this as an excuse not to process your request.[/italic]


But this church policy might have changed in 2010 (?) Basically I think the church changed canon law so baptized Catlicks are just registered as “wanting to defect,” but they won’t actually take you off the books now. Probably it was happening with frightening frequency and they were like, “Oh shit!”

by Anonymousreply 1205/02/2021

R2, there is also something to be said for a walk-out/strike — it can shock an institution or company into reality, that’s exactly why we all need to do more of this. Show churches who don’t give gay people dignity that they will lose support. That gets their attention. Trust.

by Anonymousreply 1305/03/2021

I wish antisemitic homophobic churches and mosques would get bombed for fomenting anti-gay anti-Jewish hatred.

by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021
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