Someone help Clay with reality. His head is spinning in circles.<quoted text>
When did it become a state religion? In what state (country)?
Do you mean a sovereign nation? That just happened last century. At that point the Church attained allot of wealth and influence thru investments etc. Thank God for that because they were able to stare down the Soviet Union now that they became a player on the world stage.
Again, that was only a hundred yrs ago. Now if you're talking about 'state religion' as in, Rome, Sprain and France's governments becoming predominately Catholic - and in some cases like Spain imposing and carrying out an Inquisition to benefit their Monarchy - then yes, I would agree politics and religion shouldn't mix like that.
But keep it real, that has nothin to do with the doctrine and dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. If anyone abused power and sinned while masquerading as Catholics, then they violated the teachings of the Church.
Answer: It became the State religion of Rome for starters.
Answer: The RCC became a sovereign country with its own bank -- thanks to Saint Mussolini.
Answer: The RCC never "stared down" the Soviet Union. What are you even talking about?
Again... no one can honestly rationalize why Jesus would want a church with its own bank, and diplomatic immunity.
You must think Jesus' last act as a free man on earth meant nothing. That dang Jesus guy keeps getting in the way of your Church mission. Go figure?