The Church is just another word for political machine. It has ZERO to do with The Divine that lives in all of us. Power and greed are it's foundations. I'm a 60 year old woman still waiting for someone in a robe & a collar to tell me I can us birth control to have some manner of say in my own destiny. But Nope. There is a special ring of hell - if hell even exists - for those who are wolves in sheep's clothing. I, too, am a RECOVERING Catholic. Because life after you leave the church is just that - an attempt to recover your humanity, your self-esteem, your free will.