I am writing here to seek a possible solution within the doctrines of Catholicism to a very grave problem in my family. I’ll give the short version and forgive me if this is the wrong forum (it seems to discuss doctrine though).
I come from a traditionally Catholic family, only a few actual Catholics remain, but baptism of newborns is still a tradition held. I have never been Catholic and converted in my teens to another religion (about ten years ago). Recently, my aunt became aware of my conversion and has been aggressively harrassing me about it. She believes baptism permenantly makes me Catholic whether I believe or not. She has not particularly bothered the non-religious in our family but has targetted me for, I believe, my non-Christian religious beliefs
I have been discussing this problem with Catholics and I was pointed to several places, finally here and to this document (vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a3.htm) as a statement of the Church’s support for my religious freedom. My aunt eventually countered with points 1739 and 1740, claiming that my freedom is limited and fallible and I’ve deviated from moral law by rejecting Jesus (in her language, I never rejected Christianity as I never accepted it).
I want to leave aside how all of this, both her behaviour and the resources I’ve uncovered, has made me feel about Catholicism, I’m here to ask, for the sake of my family’s stability, is there any Catholic catechism or statement that either expressly denies any Church authority over my person despite the baptism or my right to be free of these repeatedly and often aggressive attempts at conversion? Our family, if it came down to out and out conflict, would take my side, but if I can resolve this peacefully via some doctrine of the Church, I would prefer that.