From a reader:
I joined the Church through RCIA about five years ago. My experience as a Catholic has been pretty unsatisfactory and I’m beginning to wonder if I haven’t made a mistake. If I do decide that I’m not a Catholic after all should I renounce my new faith? Is there a formal process to do so or should I just walk away? (It seems more honest and honorable if I were to formally pursue a separation).
I suppose you would have to make a formal act of apostacy. You would probably need to present a letter to the pastor of your parish, or to the place where you were baptized/received, or your local bishop, stating your intention.
That said, if you believe that the Catholic Church is the Church founded by Christ and is His true Church, and you leave it anyway, you cannot be saved. (Lumen gentium 14)
Give this time. Just because Holy Church’s members have flaws, that doesn’t mean that the Catholic Church is not Christ’s Church. And there is a difference between questions and doubts.
As a matter of fact, Christ gave us the Catholic Church because we are flawed, not in spite of our flaws.