Originally Posted by judasfeast
in answer to your first two points:-
today the catholic church does have an iron grip on many people's lives, its not difficult to find examples of this. BA, I am "with the present", your the one lagging behind!
in answer to your final point:-
There are many people who are Catholics, but to say that the church has an iron grip on their lives is inaccurate.
Maybe in the past, but not in the present.
Therefore, it is you who is lagging behind.