BUT the network which has the Vatican at its head -- well, to me, that's just another state with all the apparatus, extremely active financial arm, political BS and out-of-touch ideology -- all with the aim of ensuring its own survival.
Jesus' last prayer at Gethsemane the night before he died was for unity, which shows just how important it is. A hierarchical structure helps ensure that unity and provides a singular doctrine of beliefs within the entire Church, but at the same time it introduces all sorts of politics. It's a double edged sword.
As for the term "out-of-touch ideology", if you mean that the CC is not very accepting of modern ideas such as gay marriages, abortion, etc., that's the whole point. They're maintaining the Truth that was given to them 2000 years ago. If the truth is absolute, it will not change with the times. If they were flexible, the rules could be anything by now.
Too bad truth hurts, but if you cannot face up to it, may as well continue wearing your rose-colored glasses, and carrying your Bible, and looking up to the sky. Oh and keep that little fish symbol on your trunk. But my little fish has feet...heh.
Agreed, the truth very often hurts. Indeed, even if I was an athiest, I'd have to admit that the Bible carries a lot of truth that I haven't found elsewhere. For example, the notion that pride is the root of all sin. The most difficult people to work with (Christian or not) are those full of pride. They're hard to motivate when the task doesn't feed their ego, they "stick-to-their-guns" even when they know their guns are wrong, and they tend to be selfish. I've seen pride render a brilliant coworker useless to us and humility bring out the best in a rookie.
Well, I thought we'd be able to get through this thread without anyone's beliefs being attacked. So much for that idea.
::shrug:: A testament to the truth is how well it withstands attack.
To answer the original question, I believe in God, our Heavenly Father.