the church is not the vehicle through which one can best establish a relationship with "god". words are meaningless -- whether you say them every day or for an hour once a week. a person is (or should be) defined only by actions. this is why i don't attend church or subscribe to any one faith in particular. that, and all the hypocrisy.
why are ornate, million-dollar churches built for communities to worship in? can't and shouldn't that money better serve to assist the poor? the church is generally active in outreach programs and other charitable causes, but i never understood why a humble building in which to worship was not suitable.
actually i know exactly why -- it's to cajole people into attending mass in a beautiful building with stained glass, to give it that "holy" look. so much for finding god under an upturned stone or a split piece of wood.
and getting people to attend mass, it seems to me, is all about money. everything is.