A local church is spending time and money bashing Catholics, to what end I can't say, but given everything that is going on in the world it's a bit startling to see. At its best, it reminds one of certain ego-centric tent revivals of the late nineteen fifties; at its worst it cultivates a sense of religious superiority that is done at the expense of both religion and humanity itself.
As far as I know God has never been in the church business. Nor has God built a church or set up a building fund. We can be fairly sure that God has not chosen to join a particular denomination, although, and this is strictly from me, I am sure He most frequents churches that keep tidy lawns and refuse to house Praise Bands.
Notwithstanding God's indifference to churches, God will, I think, agree that churches are quite important as starting points for fulfillment of the great commandment to love one another. The main reason why God may want people to belong to a church is that such affiliation requires both faith and work, especially work because love is often a hard, low paying job.
Many (many) people don't go to church, of course, and are satisfied and self-satisfied by identifying themselves as 'Spiritual,' and holding high minded thoughts about themselves. Frequently, these Spiritual Beings are excited about the potential of others to become as high minded as the Spiritual Person him or herself is high minded and, well, spiritual. I suspect that this gives God the giggles.
In my own view a true spiritual self only emerges after often long periods of succeeding at loving the self-righteous, immoral, hypocritical wing nut who sits in an adjacent pew every Sunday for the sole purpose of depressing you. Frequently, you are the self-righteous, immoral, hypocritical wing nut sitting in an adjacent pew, and that is really depressing. Anyhow, claiming a successful Spiritual Self without pew time and good works seems like claiming the Congressional Medal of Honor without having been in a war and behaving heroically in it.
Of course it is possible to become a spiritual being without attending to the rigors of life in a church. Viktor Frankl described Nazi concentration camps as a possible venue, and Hermann Hesse suggested the whole Siddhartha thing if you're process oriented and learn best through trial and error. But gosh, do we really want to go to Auschwitz when we've got a church handy on nearly every corner where we live?
I suppose my main observation--say bias--is that the 'Spiritual People' we meet in life have been born on third base and believe they've hit triples. And clearly we can observe the same mind set among 'Religious People.'
They too can possess an extraordinary faith in their own wonderfulness, and enthusiastically and artistically articulate it by condemning churches other than their own, sins for which they feel no temptation, and any activity that might approximate the behavior of the Good Samaritan. Jesus was especially hard on these folks, the irony of which they seem incapable of comprehending.
In conclusion, let me say: Catholics, you're doing fine! Keep up the good work!