I was brought up a Roman Catholic (for better or worse) we were inculcated in ‘the faith’ and woe betide the individual who challenged the authority of the Church. I observed from quite an early age (pre teen) that some of the congregation at Sunday mass gave the outward appearance of being very much a believer in the Gospels. Yet, for the other six days of the week their behaviours varied from nasty to downright wicked. I never experienced in my ‘home town’ church/school any ‘Priest or Teacher misbehaviour’ other than a propensity to violent chastisement for what they perceived as misbehaviour. My local church where I now live has had a very serious scandal regarding the resident Priest who is now in prison serving 23 years. The many recent scandals in the Roman Catholic church and their now admitted covering up, have left me with a sense that the church is too big and too corrupt to be corrected and because of all of that I have arrived at the painful conclusion that the RC church does not appeal to me like it used to. Many of you on here have made it very clear you do not believe in a god or in organised religion and before you start to crow at me, I do believe there is a divine creator/influence and I also believe that we go on after our earthly existence. So the big question for me is, ‘is it time to move from organized religion to some (free of organisation) form of trying to understand universal, natural, and spiritual laws’? I would be interested in any replies but in particular any Catholics who might have experienced a similar quandary.