Father Z: Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. No outs.

Since Omnium in mentem took effect on 9 April 2010, defection from the faith no longer has any canonical effect.  “Defection” does not release one from ecclesiastical law, including the observance of canonical form in marriage.

Once a Catholic, always a Catholic is not just cultural, or emotional… it is juridical.    Baptism to death, friends.

From 23 November 1983 until 9 April 2010 if one formally “defected” from the faith, one was released from certain merely ecclesiastical laws, including the observance of canonical form ofr marriage.

Merely walking away or attending a non-Catholic Church does not qualify as a formal defection. That makes one a “lapsed Catholic”.

3 Comments

  1. I am a Roman Catholic who is about to be received into the Anglican Church in North America. This is an Anglo-Catholic denomination that is not part of the ordinariate created by the pope. Are you saying that, despite this formal conversion to a form of non-papal catholicism, the RCC will still consider me to be a Roman Catholic?


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