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In Norway, where the Catholic Church currently owes the government more than $5 million for “fraudulently registering thousands of people on its membership lists,” it appears that thousands of people are breaking free from religion.

More than 11,000 people have resigned from church membership this year, a new record. And it’s not just because the Catholic Church is shooting itself in the foot.


According to one Norwegian news source, one of the main factors in that decline is the app , which makes it ridiculously easy to remove yourself from church membership rolls.

Want to “officially” leave the Catholic Church or Mormon Church in the U.S.? Good luck with that. It’s a lot of work — to the point where you need unofficial guides online to help you through the process.

But if all it took was a couple of clicks? You can bet the number of Nones would skyrocket.

There are other reasons for the decline, but I love that an iPhone app is hurting Church membership… and not just because it gives people access to Google and easy rebuttals to everything their religious leaders are saying.

(Image via dmitry_islentev / Thanks to Nuno for help with translation)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.