Now, I don't want it to sound like I'm Catholic-bashing. The Roman Catholic Church has been one of the greatest agents for good in the past 2000 years. It gets unfairly singled out for its lapses (far fewer than most other ideologies or groups), and is one of very few to ever actually apologize. Irish monks brought Christianity back to a de-Romanized Europe, and Spanish and Jesuit missionaries spread the gospel throughout the world (they get a bad rap, though). While I disagree with Catholics on many details, as a whole, they've got the right idea. Finally, let me recommend the movie The Shoes of the Fisherman
, a movie all Catholics and Protestants should see.