February 19, 2013

Vatican Losing Battle with Modernity

Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

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It is the Roman Catholic Church, not the Republican Catholic Church or the People's Revolutionary Socialist Democratic Catholic Church. Its rigid hierarchy and its centralizing instincts are almost entirely due to the fact that it became the state religion of the Roman Empire over 1,600 hundred years ago. And the pope is still, in essence, the emperor.

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