At the risk of starting a mini religious war, I have decided to respond to your question!!
From my research, the catholics are (or were) definitely NOT Christian. And I will state my case.
1. To say you are a Christian is to follow the principals of Christ himself. Christ, in my opinion, was history's first documented hippy. He
practiced love, forgiveness and gentleness. He was a healer. He preached to the people to forgive and love their brother, to turn the other cheek.
I have just posted in another thread that I believe the Catholics are great hypocrites as one of their greatest laws states "Thou shalt not kill"
and they have waged history's bloodiest mass killings during the inquisition (one author says nearly 25 million died). Priests and bishops bless our
army troups before they go into battle...to kill other human beings. This is hypocrisy.
2. Before and after the inception of Catholisism, Paganism was the most popular religion in Europe. Pagans were nature lovers/followers, they
revered the cycles of the earth and the heavens. Honouring mother earth and her seasons. Studying astrology and honouring the Sun, Moon and Stars
and their cycles. They were healers too, using plants (herbs) and nature to cure almost anything. Pagans also carried over some of the ancient
egyptian traditions and gods, such as Isis. The Catholic heirachy realised that if they killed every pagan, they wouldn't have much of a population
left to control, so in an attempt to sway what was left of the masses, they made Christmas Day on 25 December - the revered date of the birth of Horus
to his virgin mother Isis. And began to call Mary, the mother of Christ a virgin. Easter is always scheduled close to a full moon, another pagan
sweetner. I could go on and on, but just want to give you a short example of where the Catholics got their inspiration and demonstrate that early
Catholics were basically plagarists of pagan traditions and at the same time, were murdering the pagans labelling them "witches" and "devil
worshippers" and worse.
3. Catholosism has a very dark history, thats for sure! Some historians will say that the religion itself was created as a law to govern the people.
As the "fear of God" will ensure that the masses are under the control of the church and thus the picture of a cruel and punishing god was painted
to the people. If you follow Catholisism, you will be redeemed, follow Jesus and you will be saved! But the Church leaders are not following Jesus
If you are a practising Catholic, don't take this to heart as I am only criticising the leadership of the church, past and present, not the everyday
Anyway, just my 2 cents worth,