how "necessary" is alot of organized religion
Yes I know there are many more religions than Catholicism, but that's what I was raised on and forced to learn about in school.
Basically, why is tradition so important that the meanings behind many practices are lost just so that the practices don't change. It took the catholic church plenty of time to get rid of speaking latin, and removing all the "mystery" from the mass. Not eating meat on fridays during lent is one thing. From what I understand, the tradition of eating fish (or cold blooded animals) was because fish was very cheap, and even the poorest of men could afford the meal. As most people know, fish and seafood are now much more expensive than warm blooded meats, but catholics still continue the practice. Is the meaning not lost? Is tradition more important than congruity and practices making sense? What good is practicing tradition if there is no longer meaning?