Is the church the "Great Whore Babylon" ?

Many Bible Commentaries on the Book of Revelation refer to the Great Whore Babylon as the Catholic Church. This especially seen in commentaries on Revelation chapter 17.
Why is this so?

The following links should assist you in better understanding the Catholic Church’s teaching on the “rapture”. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.
**Recommended Reading:
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*]The Rapture
*] Without the Rapture, what is Revelation about?
*]Where does “Left Behind” go wrong?
*]The Antichrist
*]Hunting the Whore of Babylon
*]The Whore of Babylon
*]False Profit: Money, Prejudice, and Bad Theology in Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind Series
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Additional study:

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*]What Jesus Really Said About The End Of The World

*]Beginning Apologetics 8: What Catholics Believe about the Second Coming, the Rapture, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Indulgences
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