I had the good fortune (or misfortune) to be raised Catholic.
The early indoctrination was a mixed blessing to me. I think I was about 3 when I was baptized. By the age of 7, I was seriously thinking that I might have a calling to be a nun, or a bride of Christ if you prefer.
At the age of 12, I had a confirmation ceremony and I was really hooked. Two years later, I began to think it was pretty much bunk and that I had been sold a bill of goods by the nuns and by my parents.
I made up sins to confess until I was 14. Then I actually had sins and I conveniently exchanged them for other sins when I went to confession. I figured I was covering my bases.
I did the penance for being less than honest, but did not admit to stealing cigarettes from my mother, (in other words, one "Our Father" and 10 "Hail Marys").
A year later, I admitted to "impure thoughts" although the truth was I "proved my love" to a high school romeo and then more or less quit going to church.
I read where the Catholic Church (the Vatican) is trying to save a woman in Iran from being stoned to death for a charge of adultery. In the first place, shoot, if that's the law, that's the law. I'm sorry Girl, but you took your chances and lost. I would have done the same thing.
The Catholic Church seems awfully damned concerned about this woman's punishment. (Why only in Iran? Why not in Saudi Arabia too?) As far as I'm concerned why isn't the Catholic Church telling it's parishes to wrap up in a condom so they don't spread AIDS? Surely that's as important as one woman in Iran.
As long as the Catholic Church is encouraging "no contraception" for it's members, I have to take the whole thing a lot less seriously. We have seriously overpopulated the planet. Is that less a sin than using a rubber?
Sorry, but bullshit is bullshit!