Is the Pope Catholic?
I often fine myself wondering how many atheists are at the top of organised religions around the world.
Why, because many of these people are well educated and have a wealth of information at their finger-tips leading me to think many discover that there are no gods throughout their life journeys, but are caught up in the social control of society and preservation of institutions.
And of course there are the charlatans like L. Ron Hubbard who use religion to fleece the stupid and gullible of their possessions and wield power without scrutiny.
I am inclined to believe that anyone that can get to the top levels of this huge organizations have abandoned any belief in religion or ideology and uses pragmatic approaches.
They know about the religion/ideology and use the knowledge to bend the political situation in order to promote themselves.
Even this pope, he talks in a way that seems to be progressive, but he concedes nothing new. He just sugar coat the same conservative stuff that the catholic church became in the post war.
Organized religion in my area is nothing more than a club or lodge and those who go to the meetings have friends, companions, and a belief that they are right. I don't think everyone believes the god bit of it but they have to have that community part. What pisses me off is that I can't go to a senior center without the religious crap carrying over. I don't want to pray, stand and say a pledge, or any other nonsense.
Wealth and privilege often plug religion, not because they believe it but because they think it's good for the 'little people' to believe in something so they don't ask too many questions about our shitty unfair world. Look at Rupert 'Douchbag' Murdoch, peddler of Fox and it's phoney Christian credentials. Anyone think he worships any god but money and power? Regarding the Pope though I'm sure he believes all that catholic crap, and has no desire to do anything substantial to modernise it.