"The Roman Catholic Church traces its history to Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Over the course of centuries it developed a highly sophisticated theology and an elaborate organizational structure headed by the papacy, the oldest continuing absolute monarchy in the world.<quoted text>
And converts to other religions leave the church.
You forgot to mention that important issue.
The number of Roman Catholics in the world 1.2 billion is greater
than that of nearly all other religious traditions. There are more
Roman Catholics than all other Christians combined and more Roman
Catholics than all Buddhists or
Hindus. Although there are more Muslims than Roman Catholics, the number of
***Roman Catholics is greater than that of the individual traditions of Shīʿite and
These incontestable statistical and historical facts suggest that some understanding of Roman Catholicism—its history, its institutional structure, its beliefs and practices, and its place in the world—is an indispensable component of cultural literacy, regardless of how one may individually answer the ultimate questions of life and death and faith."
Silly little June!