Toronto atheist Karolina Sygula has had trouble officially leaving the Catholic Church. She finally received the good news (reprinted with permission).
You may have despaired of ever hearing from me again since it has been almost a year since we last corresponded.
However, I have this past week received a notification from your parish of baptism in Krakow that appears to indicate that a notation has been made in the record of baptism indicating your wish to defect formally from the Catholic Church. I can only presume this is what it states since it is written in Polish on the letter I originally sent. However the seal of the parish is included with the written notation, which causes me to believe it is a formal acknowledgement of an annotation having been made in the baptismal record.
Consequently, you may understand that your defection from the Catholic Church has been duly noted in the appropriate record and that you are no longer a member of the Catholic communion.
Rev. Paul Baillargeon, E.V., J.V.
Diocese of London
Although removing yourself from an official list is largely symbolic, religions use these records to keep their numbers artificially high. I encourage everyone with a religious background to follow Karolina’s lead and officially remove themselves from their former parishes.