I would have to agree that the Catholic Church is pretty far from the religion that Christ pushed. It is also pretty obvious that the Catholics added a lot of pagan ideas into the mix in an attempt to bring in more followers. If you go to Central America and look at the Catholicism there, it is merged with local customs and beliefs. While the priests may try to stay with the Church's doctrines, the people don't. I am sure the early Church was greatly influenced by the pagan cults that existed in Rome at the time. But nobody knows exactly what the original Christian Church was like. There are differences in the accounts presented in the different books of the New Testament. And I have heard supposed experts talk about the need to read the texts in the original language. And of course you need to understand the context of the time. Which all sounds a little like arguing about the what the meaning of "is" is. I wonder if Christ had known what the future of his religion was going to be like, if he might have just kept his mouth shut. That would have saved a lot of people a lot of suffering. At the very least he should have written the words of the Bible himself and kept it short and to the point.