A belief in the absurd requires validation by others, the more the better.<quoted text>
The catholic churches records have been miffed since the first catholic quit going to church centuries ago, and every catholic divorced does not go back to the church married in to have the priest rub out his name on the record book.
You can't reverse or disolve a sacrament.
The latest american statistics indicate less than 25% of Roman catholics attend mandatory sunday mass.
Imagine a huge corporation and only 25% of the employees go to work when required? You would be out of business in a hurry.
One only has to look to western europe to have their eyes opened up of catholics bailing out of their church.
The bleeding is profuse.
Thus, the Vatican inflates the numbers and believers such as hojo embrace those numbers without question.
But when you give links that dispute those numbers, ESPECIALLY credible RCC links, then hojo sees that as an attack on the validity of his faith.
Point being -- truth and reality are not welcome by some who look to the spiritual realm for comfort. Truth and reality kick away their crutch.
For those who need constant validation, maybe becoming a eunuch would do the trick.