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How powerful is the Catholic Church exactly?

How much pull does it actually have in the political world and such?

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wickedpissah

They have more money than god.
Literally.

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Very powerful.Im not catholic but it is the largest Religion in the world.It really has the power to do anything.

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A LOT. So many Christians and Catholics in the world and in the government. They pull strings where strings shouldn't even be...

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that depends on which conspiracy theorist you ask. In reality though, the Catholic Church does not hold a whole lot of pull in the political world, because those in the political world who claim to be Catholic, such as Joe Biden, do not follow the church's teachings, and so are not really Catholic. In other matters though, the Church holds great sway and does great things. The Church is still the largest charity organization in the world, and does quite alot of good for those in need.

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Not as powerful as before

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that's kind of vague, how do you want define and quantify power? if you pin those down first you'll probably come to a real answer easier.

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I just mean their influence I guess. The power of influence.
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if you count numbers of adherents and the money they give as a source of power i'd have to say the church is still quite powerful. probably more powerful than many governments.i think there's something like about a billion catholics world wide,that's a lotta influence.not to mention $.
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Not nearly as powerful as they formerly were. In fact these days you can even openly disagree with them without having the skin flayed off your body with brands of fire.

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That's only because I'm not Pope yet.
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Pope AND Supreme Overlord of Earth? You'll be unstoppable.
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Not like they used to be but in some places like Italy they have a lot of power still i suppose. The Catholic Church is worth several billion dollars.
Was a time when they ruled the then known world and operated basically as a Theocracy/Oligarchy and a fairly brutal one at that. Fortunately in places like the US they dont have nearly as much political power as they once did. In more catholic regions they still may hold some power in politics but in many states and regions they have none. Many are even quite anti-catholic. The US is heavily protestant (over 50%) and most protestants are opposed to catholic beliefs.

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