Around the world the vast majority of Roman Catholics are poor uneducated people living below the equator or in the middle east grasping at anything coming their way. Catholic/protestant missionairies compete fiercely for their souls in every one of these countries.<quoted text>I have to agree with you,religion can and does change people,a lot of serial killers claim they killed because they were told to do so by god (son of sam)or read something in the bible that triggered them to kill,is it true or just a way to get sent to a hospital instead of life in prison,or the death penalty? lets look at the serial killer well known in this era,son of sam,he said that god talked to him through his neighbors dog (black lab),is he lying or telling the truth? there are many stories in the bible about god talking to people (donkey,burning bush),and we are suppose to except it as truth,but today you are considered insane if you say that god talked to me through my dog/cat/ bird etc. why is it that religious people kill more than non-religious people? "dis-regard the fact that most of the population believes in a god in one form or another". people do become what i'd call over-religious,they take it to the extreme, a guy i used to work with, out of the blue became very religious what seemed like an over night event,dove head first into it that he became very annoying and was not doing his job,he was let go for this reason.he he would stand by the door in the morning where the time clock is and hand out religious pamphlets every day,it was rediculous.
In the USA less than 1 in 4 americans claims to be roman catholic, and according to the bishops of america less than 1 in 4 of those, actually practice their faith.
Same number of catholic churches in america in 1965 as today.
Where is the beef?