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Dutch Catholics Getting 'De-Baptized' To Protest Anti-Gay Pope

PopeBenThousands of Dutch Catholics have had enough of Pope Benedict's constant verbal attacks on gay people and are reportedly looking for a way to protest the homophobic pontiff by leaving the church all together.

Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the Church, said traffic on – "" – 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.

In addition to protesting homophobia in the church's ranks, Roes says he's also furious over the Vatican's sexual abuse cover-ups. Another group of activists performed similar "de-baptisms" in The Netherlands last year.

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  1. He's made so many changes to make any Catholic feel self-deprecating, not just Gay Catholics, it's no wonder people want to leave the church. There just a feeling of dread when you walk into a church now.

    Posted by: Garst | Dec 27, 2012 4:29:46 PM

  2. For holy man the Pope really looks like a horny devil in that shot

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 27, 2012 5:34:10 PM

  3. This man was notorious under the last pope, and obviously had JP2's blessings! As pope he has only pushed the limits. The exodus from the Catholic Church is now a matter of record, everywhere -- except in Third World countries. And THAT story is a subject all its own. Now that Bene 16 has stacked all the College of Cardinals for the next conclave, and has appointed the really poor quality bishops around the world, don't expect anything to change for Catholics until all these guys die out. And don't give me that nonsense about the Holy Spirit guiding these guys. I was a monk and know how really shallow a lot of that think is. The reality of the present Church is very much the product of the men in it -- with the absence of an integrated female and laity presence. Sad... but there is really nothing 'holy' about this "Holy Father".

    Posted by: Pierre | Dec 27, 2012 5:43:11 PM

  4. Roes got one thing wrong - it is possible to de-baptize someone: it's religion, so you can make up any ritual you like, including a de-baptism one.

    A good market for him would be to sell the de-baptism ritual to the descendants of those the Mormons baptized posthumously. It makes sense. As Alfred P. Doolittle said, "where do I come in?"

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 27, 2012 7:22:08 PM

  5. Fortunately, as far as I can tell, the Netherlands is one European country that does not divert tax money to support particular religions, so I suppose de-baptism does not have a practical impact on church finances. However, below is the link to the official de-baptism certificate granted by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

    Very sadly nobody ever asked Mitt Romney how many people, if any, he baptized posthumously or how many dead women he "sealed" himself to. But if Mormons can baptize people without their consent, does that mean that normal people can debaptize dead Mormons without their consent, or maybe even living ones???

    Posted by: EdA | Dec 27, 2012 10:46:56 PM

  6. "Debaptism" sounds like the Religious Right's concept of "second virginity". Even though you've lost it once, they believe that if you give your life to Jesus and stay chaste until your wedding night, you will loose your virginity again.

    On a more serious note, Christianity is a religion you can join but never leave. Christianity views Baptism as a one-time indelible act. It cannot be repeated. It cannot be repudiated. The best you can do is to remove yourself from membership roles.

    Let's leave LDS out of this.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 27, 2012 11:10:22 PM

  7. Walk away from this religion as quickly as possible. Do it today. Those admitting they are Catholic are quickly becoming the most hated in our free society.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 28, 2012 12:41:34 AM

  8. The pope's extremism is a blessing to gay people.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2012 12:55:30 AM

  9. The pope's extremism is a blessing to gay people.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2012 12:55:32 AM

  10. Catholics should defund the vatican asap and let them exist on their stolen loot from WWII.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 28, 2012 7:56:13 AM

  11. Oh, I certainly can "debaptized" a few lucky souls. I will just need two cans of shortening, 50 ft. of rubber tubing, faith in the High Lord Satan, my good boots and a few hours of Mancunian porn.

    Posted by: mCanem | Dec 28, 2012 9:26:38 AM

  12. Voluntary excommunication from the Catholic Church is a very difficult task to accomplish. I researched it. I think it's purposefully done so in order to keep the membership roles falsely elevated.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Dec 28, 2012 10:00:51 AM

  13. The Church is undergoing a brain drain. It's been going on for more than fifty years. It is obvious when some of their higher-ups speak publicly.

    Oh, and you certainly can leave the church: Just say "hoc es poc es" three times as you spin around until you're dizzy, and then you are out. Try it, this really works!

    (Hey, I can make stuff up too.)

    Posted by: Merry & Gay | Dec 28, 2012 10:22:54 AM

  14. I didn't know that there were any Dutch Roman Catholics left.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 30, 2012 9:46:06 AM

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