BTW, archaeologists have discovered artefacts and relics that suggest that some of the early Hebrews carried on worshipping the Caananite pantheon of Gods (one of whom was Elohim interestingly enough). It seems to have died out rather quickly though, as the Hebrews moved toward monotheism and Yahwehism.
Not really, since JC preached "Love thy neighbour" too (Leviticus 19:9).
What people seem to forget - including Christians - is that the man from Nazareth, whilst he hung out with sinners ("It is the sick that need a physician"), still expected a high, perhaps even unattainable, standard of morality from his followers.
I'd agree with Cruimh, that the RCC is actually quite global in its outlook. It's been pointed out by some Catholic commentators that the Church's survival in Ireland may depend on immigrants.