How are things in the rest of Europe for those who no longer wish to be considered part of this or that religious institution? What are the procedures, the steps to take, bureaucracy-wise, in order to see the sacraments one has received in his or her childhood "deleted" or nullified? I know that in some countries, such as Finland, all it takes is an e-mail or little more.
As for Italy, things are a bit more complicated and cases of parish priests refusing to acknowledge someone's will not to be considered a Catholic any longer are not unheard of. Not to mention that a step like that can sometimes open real rifts within a family. Alas, I must admit that I still haven't had the courage to do it, although my atheism is no longer a secret in my family and I make no mystery of it. It's something that periodically pops up in my mind, I decide to do it but then realise that the consequences might be pretty harsh, so I end up asking myself the same old question over and over again: where should one draw the line between the need to be honest to oneself and holding on to one's own convictions on one side and the need to maintain necessary social ties to one's kin on the other? How do you find that balance?