Italy: Requests for ‘debaptisms’ soar in Milan

published on May 30, 2009

Milan:  The northern Italian city of Milan is experiencing a boom in the number of people who want to renounce their baptism and leave the Catholic church. A report in the Italian daily ‘Il Giornale’ said the diocese had received over 200 requests in the first five months of 2009, equalling the total number received in 2008.

” As a pastor, I worry and suffer every time I have to sign, as I did this morning, when I signed five or six of these requests,” said Luigi Manganini, the priest who presides over the discipline of the sacraments of the Milan diocese quoted by Italian daily ‘Il Giornale’.

Manganini said this upwards trend of so-called ‘debaptisms’ is ” worrying ” because the majority of the cases are of people between the age of 40 and 50. In his view, baptism is irreversible.1`

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