MADRID – DPA – The Spanish judiciary has for the first time recognized the right of a Catholic to stop being a member of the church, radio reports said Thursday.
The National Court sided with a person who had taken the Valencia archbishop’s office to court for refusing to cancel his baptism certificate.
The archbishopric had argued that baptism certificates were not files that could be cancelled and that they did not prove a person’s ongoing membership in the Catholic Church.
The archbishopric’s refusal violated the complainant’s rights to protect personal data and his religious freedom, the court said, adding that it was legitimate for him to leave a record showing he did not consider himself a member of the Catholic Church.
Removing a indelible spiritual mark is not exactly easy and you just can’t go to even a dry cleaners to do it. Last I knew judges didn’t have the ability to remove an ontological change. I guess he needs to look around for John the Debaptizer.
Julian the Apostate took a novel approach to try to become unbaptized – he bathed in bath of bull’s blood.