While there are no official statistics, experts and secular activists count the numbers of de-baptisms occurring in Europe in the tens of thousands. It’s a phenomenon that has touched Protestant as well as Catholic communities.
This growing wave of de-baptisms in Europe is one of the most visible manifestations of the continent’s secular drift. Websites offering informal de-baptism certificates have mushroomed. Other Christians are formally breaking from the church by opting out of state church taxes.
“The movement is happening across Europe,” said Anne Morelli, who heads a center studying religion and secularity at the Free University of Brussels. “It was very apparent during 2011 — in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Austria. It is obviously related to the scandals of pedophile priests, but it has been going on for some time.”
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