posted on Aug, 3 2007 @ 10:32 PM
Churches definitely are as much about social grouping as religious faith.
I know a fair number of staunch Catholics who aren't the slightest bit religious.
They go to church, are part of all the social stuff that surrounds it, but don't really show alot of interest in the god stuff. And that's okay.
The church is part of the structure of their lives. It enriches them, but just not in a purely spiritual way.
People who call for the End of Religion don't seem to grasp that particular positive value that a church provides.
I also can see that a fair chunk of Catholics don't blindly follow the strict laws of the church. They are Catholics, but they use contraception,
the accept abortion in some cases, they eat meat of Fridays, they miss the odd Sunday Mass if it's too awkward to get there. They are Catholics, but
still make up their own rules. Part of the Catholic Society.
[edit on 3-8-2007 by emjoi]