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List of former Roman Catholics

This page lists individuals in history who were at least nominally raised in the Roman Catholic faith and later rejected it or converted to other faiths including the related schismatic Catholic faiths. One study estimates that 10.1% of people in the United States describe themselves as former Catholics in some sense, in total the study reports that 44% of Americans profess a different religious affiliation than the one they were raised in. A majority converted to another religion while a substantial minority are counted as currently unaffiliated.[1]

Note: The list includes those who leave the Catholic Church including any Eastern Catholic Church which is in communion with it. People such as Eddie Doherty, who were allowed to transfer from the Latin Catholic Church to an Eastern Catholic church, or vice versa are not considered as "former Roman Catholics", while Eastern Catholics who convert to a non-Catholic church or another religion are considered as such, even though Eastern Catholics do not typically refer to themselves as "Roman".


  • Individuals who converted to other churches, denominations and faiths 1
    • Eastern Orthodoxy 1.1
    • Anglicanism and churches in communion 1.2
    • Independent Catholic churches 1.3
    • Christian Science 1.4
    • Mormonism 1.5
    • Protestantism 1.6
      • Calvinism 1.6.1
      • Lutheranism 1.6.2
      • Pentecostalism 1.6.3
      • Seventh-day Adventism 1.6.4
      • Other Protestant 1.6.5
      • Self-described former Christians 1.6.6
    • Buddhism 1.7
    • Islam 1.8
    • Judaism 1.9
    • Kabbalism 1.10
    • Raëlism 1.11
    • Scientology 1.12
    • Debatable 1.13
  • Atheism, agnosticism, or non-religious 2
  • See also 3
  • Footnotes 4

Individuals who converted to other churches, denominations and faiths

Eastern Orthodoxy

Anglicanism and churches in communion

Independent Catholic churches

Christian Science






Seventh-day Adventism

Other Protestant

Self-described former Christians

American writer Anne Rice converted from Roman Catholicism and made this official through several messages on her website on 29 July 2010. She no longer wishes to be referred to as a ‘Christian’, though retains her belief in Christ, disagreeing with various positions of the Roman Catholic Church.








This section lists some who, while adopting ideas that some others would consider incompatible with the Catholic faith, may have defected from the Church neither by a formal act nor even informally by an act of heresy, schism or apostasy. Mere attendance at services of another religion or adoption of certain meditation techniques need not signify abandonment of one's own religion. According to a 2009 survey of the Pew Research Center Forum on Religion and Public Life, one in five American Catholics report that they at times attend places of worship other than the local Catholic parish (which does not have to mean non-Catholic places). The same survey noted that some Catholics incorporate "yoga as a spiritual practice", emphasize psychics, and draw on and involve themselves in other religious movements.[17]

Atheism, agnosticism, or non-religious

This section contains people who rejected Catholicism in favor of a non-religious philosophy.[19]

See also


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  12. ^ Clonaid chief backpedals on baby proof, Associated Press. 9 January 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  13. ^ [7] "RD: You were Catholic originally. Cruise: Well, we went from Episcopalian, to atheist, to Catholic..."
  14. ^ [8] "In 1990 Cruise renounced his devout Catholic beliefs and embraced The Church Of Scientology claiming that Scientology teachings had cured him of the dyslexia that had plagued him all of his life."
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  17. ^ Editors, "Believers mix their creeds, survey finds", The Tablet, 19/26 December 2009, 53.
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  19. ^ If any of them merely ceased to practice the Catholic religion without renouncing it, in the belief, for instance, that their ideas were consistent with the Catholic faith, they could be considered lapsed Catholics, rather than former Catholics.
  20. ^ Quoted from episode 1 of Tramadol Nights at Contrarian: Frankie Boyle.
  21. ^ Solomon, Deborah, The Right Stuff, 23 October 2008, The New York Times
  22. ^ "Unusually at such an early age, she became what T. H. Huxley had just invented a word for: agnostic."
  23. ^ Seth MacFarlane – Celebrity Atheist List
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  25. ^ Interview: Omar Sharif (English translation) – El Mundo on 2002.
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