One could apply the criteria to any who profess to be "true disciple's of Christ" or any 'cult' who claim to have a hotline to the great ju-ju in the sky.<quoted text> are you talking about the Catholic Church ??
They exist for one purpose, those at the top exert power and control over the acolytes of said 'cult'.
They will tell you what you can eat, when you can eat it, who you can marry, who and how you can have sex with, what happens to your body after you die, what you must do to your newborns.
People who cannot see this deserve everything they get.
I had a man who came to clean my windows, he was a JW and I offered him a cup of tea every week and the subject invariable turned to his religion and, if only I would attend the Kingdom Hall once I would see that his was the only true faith.
When assailed with the normal and logical questions one asks regarding the origins of the religion, the failed predictions, the covered up child abuse and the shunning, he exhibited perfect cognitive dissonance. He replied with a mixture of, "I don't know anything about that, I will ask my elders(sure he will)" or "well I can honestly say I have never experienced anything like that" or "they are just disgruntled apostates with an axe to grind".
I dare say the same answers would be forthcoming from any 'religious' person.