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article imageProtesting Pope Benedict XVI, Catholics become 'Un-Catholics'

By Can Tran     Dec 28, 2012 in World
In response to the message about the gay community made by Pope Benedict XVI at the annual Christmas address, Catholics in the Netherlands are becoming "Un-Catholic."
If you live in the Netherlands, are a Catholic, a supporter of the LGBT community, and do not like the Vatican's stance on gay marriage, you can become an “Un-Catholic.” To start the process, you simply need to go to the website called “ontdopen.nl.” According to the Huffington Post, via a Reuters article, the website the website is getting thousands of visitors a day. Originally, the website was created by Tom Roes who is a television director. While Roes says that a baptism ceremony is an event, this website allows you to say that you're no longer registered as a member of the Catholic church. By using this site, you can say that you are no longer a Catholic.
On a humorous note, the website has a picture of "Buddy Christ."
Roes set this up because of the Vatican church's handling of sexual abuse scandals by the Catholic clergy across the world. But, the sexual abuse scandals are not the reason that the page is getting thousands of visits each day. It was something that Pope Benedict XVI said during the annual Christmas address at the Vatican. Benedict XVI, in his address, said that homosexuals were detrimental to the human creature and so forth. In short, the Pope had harsh words to say towards the LGBT community in general.
In response, thousands of people visited Roes' website in protest of what Benedict XVI said. Gay Star News further reports that once you enter the details of your baptism, Roes' website will generate a resignation letter will be sent to your respective parish. If you got baptized at a parish four miles away, the website would send the resignation letter to the same place and the head of the parish.
However, it isn't just the people of the Netherlands that are speaking out against Benedict's remarks about the LGBT community. An official with the Dutch government fired back at Benedict XVI. With regards to the website started by Roes, perhaps this may give people across the world the same idea and creating similar websites in the future. If you are a Catholic in the Netherlands none too pleased about Benedict's message about the LGBT community, can you become an “Un-Catholic.”
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