A formal act of defection from the Catholic Church (Latin actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica) was an externally provable juridic act of departure from the Catholic Church, which was recognized from 1983 to 2010 in the Code of Canon Law as having certain juridical effects enumerated in canons 1086, 1117 and 1124. The act must be formal. Perhaps leaving the Catholic Church is one of those things one should do for oneself and one's own piece-of-mind rather than primarily as an attempt to send a message to an organization that does not seem to be interested in listening. I think the legal concept of "Formal Act of Defection" has recently been abrogated from Canon Law. The situation of those who, by the heavenly gift of faith, have embraced the Catholic truth is by no means the same as that of those who, led by human opinions, follow a false religion; for those who have accepted the faith under the guidance of the Church can never have any just cause for changing this faith or for calling it into question. How does one leave the Catholic Church now, if a formal defection is no longer possible? Let me address other aspects. If you’ve been baptized in a Catholic church, as I was, the church counts you as a member for life even if you stop attending. godly powers and census, i don't want either. Re: Apostasy-Poll leaving Catholic church, Formal Act Defection Post by lostexpectation » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:53 am well there's that they'll still claim you and then theres they'll still count you. However, the Catholic church has an odd policy regarding who they consider a Catholic. If you defect from the faith that in no way changes those acts, it merely adds another one -- just as an annulled marriage is registered in the marriage register as annulling a rite that took place, not as pretending it never happened. formal act is not simply an act of the will or intention, i.e., purely subjective, to leave the Catholic Faith; rather, it should be accompanied with an external act considered to be in Other posts have focused on the material act. (Just starting to attend another church or falling out of the habit of attending the Catholic Church does not count.) The church's records are its own records of its acts (and God's through the sacraments). Defection from the Catholic Church by a formal act (“actu formali ab ea defecerit”) in canon 1117 consists of two notions: 1) defection, and 2) a valid formal act that manifests the internal will of the party. When you leave the Church by a formal act. A formal act of defection from the Catholic Church (Latin actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica) was an externally provable juridic act of departure from the Catholic Church, which was recognized from 1983 to 2009 in the Code of Canon Law as having certain juridical effects enumerated in canons 1086, 1117 and 1124. In Canon Law, this is known as "defection from the Catholic Church by a formal act" (in Latin: actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica ). From Wikipedia: "The motu proprio Omnium in mentem of 26 October 2009 removed from the canons in question all reference to an act of formal defection from the Catholic Church. A formal act of defection from the Catholic Church (Latin: actus formalis defectionis ab Ecclesia catholica) was an externally provable juridic act of departure from the Catholic Church, [1] which was recognized from 1983 to 2010 in the Code of Canon Law as having certain juridical effects enumerated in canons 1086, 1117, and 1124. The details of how you do this practically were recently clarified by … If nothing else, it would be one way to make sure that one is not complicit in their crimes. The only way to have this reversed is to formally defect, notifying the bishop of your local diocese that you’ve left the church. I don't know what you mean when you write that “a formal defection is no longer possible”. There must be a moment in time when the individual performs some kind of formal act, such as being baptized in another church or sending a bishop a letter of resignation from the Church.