irish: I don't fault you your beliefs, or any other Catholic (my husband was raised Catholic and actually feels the way you do about many issues, although he's much more moderate). However, I have to admit that the reason I got away from Christianity is that saying that I believe in God and Jesus was no longer good enough--I had to compromise many of my own principles, mainly that all people are equal, regardless of gender (and I do consider abortion a gender issue) or sexual orientation or religion, and all people who try to make the world a better place are worthy of eternal salvation. I have no problem with God or Jesus, but the exclusionary viewpoints of the Christian religion, and the extent that it promotes sexism and homophobia, were too much for me. It is against my very being to accept these things as the truth. If that makes me a non-Christian, as I was told many times that it does, then so be it--I'll deal with that. I won't call myself something I'm not. But sometimes I do wonder what happened to "All those who believe in me will have eternal life."