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If the Vatican and the organization that is the Church dissolved tomorrow, Catholicism would still exist.
Then help me out. As an outsider, I see "Catholicism" as the fealty to and dogma of the Holy See. The approach to faith, divinity, and the Biblical word seems to be fairly well similarly represented in the myriad other denominations of Christendom.
Again, I don't expect someone who doesn't believe in any of this to understand. I'm not disillusion enough to think I'm going to convince anyone here of anything. Someone asked a basic question to any Catholics here and I answered.
I am having difficulty seeing this as anything other than special pleading. A fundamental part of the catholic church is its hierarchy and the way they interpret scripture and set the traditions that eventually become the domga that you follow today. Everything supposedly not evil about the catholic church that you follow today? It's pretty much the result of these higher ups deciding on it based off of scripture, divine revelation, and tradition, followed by swiftly kicking the shit out of anyone that disagreed.
Catholicism is inseparable from its leadership, and I have no idea how you could believe that the Vatican is just some peripheral.