register defection from the catholic churchIf you wish to register your church defection please select your choice and enter your details. We respect your privacy and do not use your details for any purpose whatsoever.

We only ask for an e-mail address so you can register, login, leave comments and amend your records later.

You can optionally leave details to display on our defection board – including a display name, the parish where you were baptised, a rough date of baptism (so the church can amend their records) and any comments on your reasons or thoughts on defect (keep it clean please or we may have to edit). These details are optional and you can leave them blank if you want.

We reserve the right to delete troll accounts or offensive comments.

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The information below here is optional. If you enter information it will be displayed in a register for people to view. If you are uncomfortable with your name being on public view then you could just enter your first name or a nick name – John or JohnMcD. If you do not know your parish or date of baptism just enter “don’t know”. Please leave a message to tell others why you left the church. We request that you keep such messages polite as this is a public forum.



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    Tracy-Leigh Tallant August 29, 2015

    i was baptised into the catholic faith in South Africa. I do not regret my convent schooling but I am not religious. I am an atheist and have been for more than 20years. I wish to be taken off the catholic count registaar.

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    Pauline Scanlon October 10, 2015

    I was baptised a Catholic in childhood, before the age of consent and desperately wish to be taken off the register. I feel sullied as a person by my involuntary membership of what I consider to be a criminal organisation. They are rotten to the core.

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    Dympna flynn October 09, 2016

    I left the Catholic Church through My baptismal cert was amended and I got a copy if it along with a letter from the pishop. I’m just wondering if this is the same thing. ??

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    Michael Keating-Dake July 22, 2017

    I never asked to be a Catholic.

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    John Phelan July 27, 2017

    I left da Catholic church and have become a full member of another church am so happy I left da Catholic church ..

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    Aengus Doyle September 30, 2017

    I was sexually abused on a number of occasions, as an 8 year old child, by a catholic priest, headmaster of my school in Dublin, Ireland. (Another member of my immediate family was molested as a child by a christian brother in a separate incident at a different school.)
    I dislike the religion, and completely reject it, and everything it stands for.
    I reject the concept of a deity, afterlife, so-called divinity of j christ, etc. I regard the bible as a piece of rubbish.
    I believe that catholicism only appeals to weak minded, stupid people.
    I very strongly resent the catholics’ attempts to make it difficult for non-believers to leave the church.

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    Piotr October 28, 2017

    In Poland we also have a problem with lack of possibility to leave the catholic church.
    I’m really happy to see your website. I think it would be perfect if we could to create a similar website in Poland.
    Do you really succeed with updating of church records according to the requests sent to your website?

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      Helen O'Shea October 29, 2017

      Hi Piotr, this site is purely symbolic, a public declaration of defection. We do not have any control of what churches do with their data retention.

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    Mike February 11, 2018

    How about leaving Islam ?

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    Mike February 11, 2018

    How about leaving Islam ? You support this as well

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      Jay Carpenter March 30, 2018

      I would, but this page is about leaving christianity, not Islam.

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    lisa smyth February 28, 2018

    My Goodness! Where to begin?… I do not support the Catholic/Jesuit NWO b/s… Which would mean the culling of 6 1/2 BILLION PEOPLE, I Don’t condone this massive cult, Sacrifice of or sexual abuse of children… The pope is insane! They have CIA etc. Military, Now control of all banking corps. poison our air water soil food, Are striving to enslave us!.. make us all poor! GOD is love not This evil… We are no more than cattle! opening portals, The demons of satan have no souls! so now the pope wants to give them ours!… Obviously Jesuits don’t like jesus! Well he did want to stop what is going on now! I spread the truth and have had demonic attacks!… The pope represents the snake, He would rather people starve and die as opposed to helping… I hope he chokes on his throne… People have a right to truth.. now history and education is rubbish.. Whilst destroying family values, they provide the drug/sex trafficking… Totally disgusting…

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    Mike March 27, 2018

    The Catholic Church is about nothing but money and power over its flock of sheep.

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    Jay Carepenter March 30, 2018

    I never believed – from an early age (7-8) I questioned it. Forced to go to church weekly – “What was the sermon?” I was asked, this only reinforced my resentment/rejection of their BS. The sooner we free ourselves of this catholic burden the better – we’ll be able to flourish as a society.

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    Herish Ali Muhamad April 20, 2018

    I am a Jewish from mom root side and Muslim by born, I would like to defect from Islam and have no Religion. as I do not believe in any religions. Please help me to get out of this religion nightmare.

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      Jayawardena Sharmini July 09, 2018

      YES! You will be able to leave this hoax of a violent religion very soon. Work towards it in every way you can. Gather other like minded people and work towards abolishing Islam all together, NOW!

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    Rob Sutton May 13, 2018

    Non-believer. No problem with people who are but have a big problem with the amount of influence the catholic church has on our Society. There should be a complete separation of church and State.

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      Jayawardena Sharmini July 09, 2018

      YES! It will be possible from what has happened in the few weeks past. I wish all of you every success in achieving separation of state from church and religion and gaining your independence and also redress for everyone of you who has been abused in one way or another, soon.
      Good luck to all ❣️

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    David Flynn May 28, 2018

    i was baptised catholic, but since i was old enough to think for my self, i could never believe in such nonsence. i have no wish to be associated with any religion.

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    Ivor Geraghty May 29, 2018

    I was baptised without my consent. By the time I was a teenager I knew I wanted nothing to do with this cult. The most evil un christian people I have met in my life are priests, Christian Brothers and nuns. I have been an atheist for decades. I should be allowed to leave this cult and not have my existence used to prop up false membership numbers. I want out!

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    Leanne O'Sullivan May 31, 2018

    Born into a cult I don’t want to be a part of. I don’t believe in god, or the church or any religion for that matter.

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      Recycled Padre July 03, 2019

      So what do you believe in then? Things don’t exist because I believe in them but because they are what they are. Total reality does not originate from inside my head.

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    Marjorie Magee June 01, 2018

    I was brought up a catholic and obviously had no say in it. I have wanted to be counted out for as long as I can remember as I hate the catholic church for how it impacted on my childhood and ultimately my life. It is mysogynist, cruel and dictatorial. Ultimately it is irrelevant and I want out.

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    Leah Healy June 13, 2018

    I was baptised and made my communion and confirmation, but have never been a practicing Catholic. I don’t wish for whatever record the church has on me to be removed, I simply want any such record to be updated that I am no longer a member as I am an atheist. I disagree with many church teachings and believe many of their teachings are contradictory.
    I have never acknowledged myself as any religion on the census. I can’t ever remember believing in a ‘higher power’ and I’m certain I’ll never find solice in religion of any kind.

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    Ciaran Ryan July 26, 2018

    I never asked to be indoctrinated into this utter nonsense and i refuse to be involved in any of its teachings and lies

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    Christina Troller Mueller August 09, 2018

    Thank you for this opportunity. I never really considered that my name was still on the books as I have not set foot in a catholic church for 35 years. I feel free now, as though a boulder has been lifted from my shoulders.

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    Valerie Kerr August 25, 2018

    It’s all about money and power over people. All religions. And they’re all controlled by men!

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    Michel Tuohy August 26, 2018

    I wish to no longer be considered part of the Catholic church. I do not believe in a monolithic God particularly one who would allow his so called disciples abuse and torture their followers. I am not against anybody who believes in anything spiritual. I just don’t believe in any organised religion whose goal is to control the population.
    Yours sincerely Michael Tuohy.

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    Margaret O'Connor August 27, 2018

    The Catholic Church is irrelevant to my everyday life, my spiritual development, and my relationships with other people, and with my god. I believe the historical wrongs done by the Catholic Church to the poor, to women, to children – all over the world – prove that a systemic inhumanity and godlessness are the cornerstones of this particular religious cult. I had no say as a child in my baptism, communion and confirmation, and had to undergo these initiation rituals. No more. No longer. I want out of this vile cult.

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    ian finlayson August 31, 2018

    Devout atheist for many years, the majority of religions are harmful to humanity with perhaps the exception of bhuddism and wiccan

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    Sylvia Gipe September 01, 2018

    I was baptized at Corpus Christi Church in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Diocese of Harrisburg and the sex abuse chain that broke in Pennsylvania. I have not associated myself with the church for three years. I first began questioning my faith when I joined a Catholic group my first year of college. I learned more about my faith on top of the ten years of Catholic school education I received from kindergarten through eighth grade. The more I learned about and discussed Catholicism, the more I began doubting my beliefs in god. I finally realized I had never had any deep faith in god, and that for my whole life, I had only “pretended” he was there instead of having true faith. I used to not have a vendetta against the church, until I learned of the atrocious, disgusting pedophilia that was hidden behind its walls. I was never taught the extent or horror of the sexual abuse when I went to Catholic school, and only learned about it through the film Spotlight. Then, a few weeks ago, I learned that the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania, the diocese that contained my church, had been hiding rampant sex abuse. One of the priests listed, Father Thomas Lawler, was at Corpus Christi when I was very young. To think he or any other priest could have harmed myself or my fellow friends is absolutely appalling and revolting. Due to the Catholic Church’s DELIBERATE actions, THOUSANDS of children have suffered. The Catholic Church is a hierarchical system to gain money and will protect child predators to do so, and for that reason, I wish to never be associated with it and its SINS.

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    Vincent McCaffrey September 10, 2018

    Many thanks to for this opportunity, albeit symbolic, to make a statement of disassociation from the church. I would like to request that the church delete all my personal data, in accordance with the GDPR legislation that came into effect across the EU in May 2018. This includes the “right to be forgotten”. Is the church subject to these regulations? Thanks.

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    Stephen September 12, 2018

    I wish leave the catholic church as my brother died of cancer aged 32 and if there was God then why would he allow this. On this basis I do not believe there is a God.

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      John Hayden January 11, 2019

      Sorry for your loss. I started to lose faith at the age of 6 when my grandmother died. I didn’t choose to be a part of this and I WANT OUT!

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    John Hayden January 11, 2019

    I didn’t think that I could remove my name from the numbers until I saw this website after doing a quick google search. many thanks to the people who created this website. I was born in the UK but raised by Irish [Catholic] parents and moved back to Dublin when I was three. I was also baptized (obviously) and my school, along with almost all other Irish schools, we were taught religion and were also forced [literally] to make our communion. the only thing I got out of that was all the presents from my grandparents/uncles/aunts and that kind of thing. Anyway. let’s get on to the part when I started having doubts.
    When I was six and my grandmother on my dad’s side died, as well as my uncle shortly after due to a heart attack. [Quick note. whenever you are in a public building, check to see where the AED is. and also take a first aid course too. it may help save a life.] that was when I started questioning “why would god to that? why can’t everybody just live?” after that, I quickly became interested in things like how the universe started, and evolution, despite my young age. but when we did our communion in school, I noticed my best friend didn’t participate (I later learned that he was a part of the church of Ireland) and I started thinking “why do we have to do this??” keep in mind this was around 2010 right when the recession was starting to recover (although it never really did, did it?) and most people in Ireland were still religious. then, in 2012, we took a leap and moved to Canada. (Canad’eh?!) when we arrived in what was the equivalent of third class (grade three).
    I noticed that nobody seemed to go to church and literally the only other people that went to the basilica seemed to be elderly. there was no other children or young adults/teenagers. I asked a few of my classmates if they normally go to church, and I got responses like “church is for old people” and “my parents say there is no god”. there were a select few that went to a Baptist church, and one or two Muslims, but other than that, the class was mostly atheist. And, the part I loved most about school in Canada was.. NO RELIGION IN SCHOOL! this was when I was eight years old and I started thinking “why do we have to get up early for church when everybody else doesn’t”. anyway.
    I started having some serious doubts about religion when I was eleven years old, and I started to really hate going to any kind of religious event. By the time I was twelve, I had decided: there is no god, and all religion is bullshit. When I was thirteen, I finally built up the courage to tell my parents that I didn’t believe in god. and, understandably, they were concerned and we had a fight about it. but the day later, I sat down with them in the evening and told them my reasoning for my beliefs. and they listened, and eventually agreed. my parents don’t force me to go to church anymore, (except for Christmas day, which I consider an okay compromise) and I have noticed that my parents, too, have started going to church less and less. so here I am now, nearly fifteen years old, and am a devout atheist. Now that I’m approaching high school, I’ve noticed a few of my religious friends have started to have their doubts, too. I’m helping them out with building up the courage to tell their parents. My life without religion has never been better, and I’m trying to help anybody struggling with the same issues I did. here’s what I tell them:

    “Religion was created thousands of years ago because humans simply did not have the knowledge to understand otherwise. the Greeks had theirs, as did the Egyptians. but now, those religions have been proven false. it’s only a matter of time before modern religions suffer the same fate. In the end, I’m not forcing anybody to move away from their religious life, but instead ask them to seriously ask themselves this question: Do you truly believe in your god(s)? are you a believer or a follower? if you’re a follower, it might be time to seriously consider where you’re going with your life. I don’t have anything against people that truly believe in god, but I do have a problem with teaching people that there is a god while they’re at the age that they still believe that the Easter bunny, or Santa Claus exists. because I’m telling you, if they started teaching religion at the age of, say, 12, nobody would believe. no one.”

    Appreciate anybody that listened. thanks.

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    Noel Stronge January 13, 2019

    I was brought up by the nuns and brothers, a more evil and sadistic bunch you would find anywhere in the world. Most of them joined up because they were an embarrassment to their families and were forced to leave their holmes as they were either gay lesbian or paedophiles and holy Irelsnd handed over thusands of children to their care. I’m only sorry there isn’t a hell because if there were they would be all burning there

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    Recycled Padre July 03, 2019

    The point may well be missed. Catholic means universal So if one defects from the RC church does this also mean they defect from Jesus and God. A person of faith who defects from a church organisation has a duty to put something else in its place presuming they still want to worship God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. People can highlight the negative as is their right but what are they doing to fix the problem other than walking away

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    Lee ritchie November 20, 2019

    i dont want want misery anymore

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    Lee Ritchie December 07, 2019

    I want out

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    Lee Ritchie December 14, 2019

    I want out I don’t want a god

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    Lee Ritchie December 26, 2019

    I want out of Christianity

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    A.Alcala January 06, 2020

    I am a believer in the existence of both good and evil. The pole of good is where God is, and the pole of evil is where the devil is. I believe in white and in black magic. Humans who invoke evil spirits in order to be able to acquire such power as to become invisible at will, in order to become magicians using spirits, socio-psycho–narcissists, all abusers will be at the mercy of the evil spirits. Human souls are sought out by both good and evil spirits. White magic is the talent or ability to use supernatural help to perform small miracles such as healing someone or performing exorcisms.

    The condition of humanity on earth is about an individual journey of each person and known by God. Every human being is given free will at birth. Man has the free will to choose between good and evil. If each person is given free will, and no one individual can control the actions of others, there will be good things and bad things that will happen to all humans. All the innocent souls, newborns and grandparents will be together and at the end of time all the saved souls will be together with God. God will take and destroy the earth, the universe, heaven, and hell. He will establish the new life of all saved souls with their loved ones. All suffering and evil will be no more.

    As for this life, live and let live. Love God by being good, by loving yourself but not being full of pride or being selfish and self-centered, but by helping your family and loved ones as much as possible on a daily basis!

    Most churches keep their own records for as long as their institution survives. Take for instance a flood, a city fire, or warfare, or Viking attacks as happened to the long-lasting Roman Empire. Forget amending your baptism or other church records. The churches, clergy and ministers, don’t care, other people don’t care, and why should you care once you profess your atheism?

    The story of Luke Skywalker is the story of David and Goliath and is the story of each and everyone of us: Good versus evil.
    Best wishes to you and may the God force be with you!

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    Lee Ritchie February 01, 2020

    I want out

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    cyan June 05, 2020

    zero tolerance

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    L R June 22, 2020

    There can’t be a being so vile that would burn people eternally if there is a god he is evil and drinks the tears of humanity.

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    Anonymous July 01, 2020

    I don’t want this anymore if there is a God he is jubilant with my misery he created me to be hideous an outcast bullied and hated my whole life then he will burn me for not doing what he wants he’s a narcissistic maniac

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    Lee ritchie December 12, 2020

    There can’t be a monster as the one painted in the bible


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