Is Catholicism nothing more than a public relations strategy that got out of control?

Catholicism was invented by the Roman elite while Rome was in decline to persuade peasants to pay taxes to Kings who then paid money to the Pope and Roman elite. This was necessary because centuries of mismanagement and corruption made peasants disloyal to old Rome, which fell apart. Unfortunately, the myths stuck... show more Catholicism was invented by the Roman elite while Rome was in decline to persuade peasants to pay taxes to Kings who then paid money to the Pope and Roman elite. This was necessary because centuries of mismanagement and corruption made peasants disloyal to old Rome, which fell apart. Unfortunately, the myths stuck and people built societies around it while Rome parasitically lived off of everyone's money for almost 2000 years.
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