Originally posted by galveston75
So being burried by their rituals means your a Catholic even though you may not have lived by their rules and did as they may have asked of you as they ask of their members that actually go to their churches on a regular basis?
Or do you feel like a lot of people of many religions do and that is "once a Catholic, always a Catholic" or baptist, etc, and ...[text shortened]... e still accepted back to the church in a good standing to be in their memorial ceremonies?
People tolerate these religious rituals because they are an
ingrained part of the society they live in.
I have been to many funerals where the deceased
did not participate in religious observation for years.
It is a natural part of society that this is the way people
are dealt with once they die. They are buried or cremated
and that is that.
When I die a Catholic service will be held as I am put into the earth.
But the priest will know as he has known for others that religion has
played little or no part in the life of the deceased.
I would imagine the same will apply whether you're a Protestant
or a Jew or a Buddhist.
There are lots of people out there and the only part religion plays in
their life is when they are born, when they go to school, when they
have kids and when they die.
Other than that religion plays no part in their lives.
Here in Ireland the Catholic church runs 90% of the schools
so you have to bow to them or you don't get in. It's as simple as that.
But their power is waning. Here in Ireland only 47% of Catholics go to mass.