Gee, who really cares? In my opinion, religion is a huge waste of time and money. But that’s just me. I’m one guy out of hundreds of millions of citizens in this country. Many people find support, comfort, companionship, purpose and hope within the confines of a religious life. Good for them. It’s a freedom designed into our constitution. The government has no authority over which “faith” you choose to follow or if you follow one at all. Our laws are based on religious principles (yeah I know you guys will deny that with great vigor but it is true). So who are we as a nation? Some info pulled from a recently published study (3/16/13).http://religions.pewforum.org/reports78.4% of the poll respondents claimed to be “Christian” and 23.9% of those declared themselves to be “Catholic”. Meanwhile, Atheists – who are making themselves the biggest pain in the rear ever – make up just 1.6%. So if those numbers held true for the entire population (35K+ sample of adults 18 and older was used) then(I’m using 312 million as the total the last count I can find is mid 2011 at 311.8 million souls) there are 244.6 million Christians in the USA, 58.4 million of which are catholic.Atheists? Just a tad less than 5 million.Religion is “big business” in the USA. Make me think of a founder quote (LOL) but one quite apropos ….. It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel AdamsSo big shock. The “pope is catholic”. His opinion will guide “The Church” for the next few years. Hopefully he is humble and recognizes that his view – while consider by the uber faithful to be the word of god – is not a command but a suggestion as to life choices. And the next time there is a dust up in the middle of some small town over a cross in the public square or the ten commandments on the courthouse wall, keep in mind that this is a land where the majority have decided to erect those symbols, that all “government land” belongs to the people – not the city council or the county commissioners or event he federal government – all of which are forbidden by law to establish any rules concerning religious practice “by the people”. Duly elected officials are supposed to reflect the will of the entire community, not a very small minority of that community. Hope and change, where is it when you need it.