reply to post by airspoon
I only can speak about the Catholics I know here in the west of Germany. Indeed, most are just Catholics, because their family always was and they
think, you have to be Catholic, your children must have that nice day, when they get the first holy communion, you have to pay the church tax (which
they take from your loan over here), but it is not necessary to visit church, despite on Christmas or so.
Outside in the villages it is more important to be Catholic. Neighbours could talk about you, if you are not. You have to appear at every fiest and
pay some donations now and then. And you have to be present in the church on sundays - at least one of your family, usually the wife.
The intellectuals in the city dare to critizice the pope and his policy. But they don't accept, that the whole burden of the Christian past is put on
their religion. If they don't like, what the pope does, they even write petitions to protest.
I view this from the perspective of one of those, who was raised as a Catholic, because the family always was Catholic, but never was brought up in
that tradition. For myself I decided, that he history of the Church indeed IS important to judge their words.
Nowadays both main churches here, Roman Catholics and Lutherian Protestants, lose a lot of sheep every year. I think this trend will continue,
especially since the churches are only mentioned in the news, when another pedophile was identified.
We just had that scandal around bishop Mixa, who did not abuse the children sexually, but with physical force. First he allegedly gave them a clap now
and then, then he had to admit more and retreated - and then he suddenly came back and did as if nothing had happened! He complained, that he was
forced to sign the document. Then again he said, he could not leave the bishop's home to live on the street.
Maybe, we should get him out of there and chase him through the streets! But then again... I am too much a "Christian" to do things like that. And I
don't need no church or belief at all.