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That is a quite ridiculous statement to be honest. How anyone can assume that if we are living as Christ wanted we would be Catholic is beyond me. If we lived the way Jesus wanted us to then we would be in the Garden of Eden, not in an organization that moves pedophiles from parish to parish and covers up child sexual abuse by the clergy.
That last part will make some mad, but that's ok. The truth hurts sometimes. All denominations have been struck with clergy sexual misconduct...all of them, but not all of them actively covered it up.
How did we cover it up you might ask....a report titled, "The Problem of Sexual Molestation by Roman Catholic Clergy:Meeting the Problem in a Comprehensive and Responsible Manner," was submitted to the bishops conference in 1985 by Father Tom Doyle (Vatican Embassy, 1981-1986) where he addressed these issues and the report was rejected by the bishops. The list of examples goes on and on.
So let me get this straight...if I wanted to be a true follower of Christ I would be in that organization?
The bottom line is is that the Catholic Church is the truth, and some people will just not accept that, and some people will take a very long time to accept that fact.
Christ would not leave us alone without some earthly guide. That guide is the Catholic Church. Not the Methodist church, not the Southern Baptist church, not the Presbyterian church, but the Catholic Church.
What are we supposed to do? Go searching through break-offs? How can you be so sure that the Southern Baptist religion is the truth when it was founded in the mid-1800's - nearly 2000 years after Christ left this earth?
Anyways, just like there are evil people in every institution, there are evil people in Christ's Church. There are evil people everywhere, and just because evil things have gone on in the Church's name, doesn't mean the Catholic Church is evil.