And may I say to Poop-er Pope Benedict XVI this: Fuck You!
And may I further add: And the horse you rode in on!
Perhaps I should change that to the Chariot you rode in on.
Yes, the Chariot. For you, as the head of the Catholic church, have refused to acknowledge that there may be any advances of mankind past the wheel.
You see, God gave us the power of imagination.
And that power enabled us to imagine that there might be something to do other that spend our entire life worshipping Him.
That power enabled us to imagine that some day, humankind might find a cure for diseases that had killed millions of us.
That power enabled us to imagine that someday we would break the bonds of gravity and fly.
That power enabled us to imagine that some day, humankind might esape the bonds of this Earth, and live in the Stars.
That power enabled us to imagine that we as a people would launch a deep space probe named Voyager,
And that power of imagination helps me to think that my 2 nephews will one day lead humanity in establishing a human Republic in Space that will last for Millienia. Hey, a man can dream.
And, most importantly, that power of imagination helped us believe that God wouldn't mind if people chose to worship Him in dozens, if not hundreds, of different ways.
So I reject your finding that there is no other valid religion. As I have rejected every other tenet from a religion that seems to want to stay permanently mired in the 15th century. Mankind has progressed in spite of the Catholic church, not because of it. And I have to believe that we are all the better for it.