First, the whole point of my post was that while Catholicism doesn't always fit me well... I believe it is the best religion for me at this point in time. I recognize that there are very many wonderful religions out there (including of course the other branches of Christianity, many of which are fundamentally similar to Catholicism) that provide guidance and solace to millions and billions of people... and I think that's truly wonderful.
Secondly, my favorite critic (my mom), argued that social work is a critical tenant of the Catholic church... and I think she has a valid point. What I was trying to say was that the emphasis seems to be out of alignment in 2013. It seems to me that there is so much in the Bible about helping the less fortunate, and so little about, for example, treatment of gay people. And yet as a church, we focus so much time, energy and effort on the latter. Just seems like a poor interpretation, to me.
I think it's safe to say that I have a lot to think about - and a lot to learn, both about Catholicism in specific, Christianity in general, and other religions even more broadly. There are facets of many, many religions which I find interesting, redeeming and worthwhile.
Thank you for reading.