>The church is all about feel good politics
I call your bullshit. It isn't about that at all, at least the Catholic church.
Of course considering their prevalence in the world and politics, they still need to present a politically correct front, and of course gospel teaches above all, forgiveness and charity, so that's what they try to do.
But going to church is mainly for:
1) daily reminder of the word of god, with the eucharist and with it remembering your faith and purpose in life;
2) repenting and abstaining from sin, that is the constant reminder that we're all sinners but are able to abstain from it;
This is opposed to most protestant churches (and circles like it), where they do indeed have feel good politics, where they try to interpret the gospel to justify their sinful lives (just see how in some circles there is very little repenting for their own sins but instead blaming it on possessions/demons).
3) and finally the crucial, and might I say most important part, that the Church is a place for the community to gather, because repenting and reading the bible you can pretty much do it on your own, but meeting people and taking on decent activities that not only helps your personal growth but tends to be very enjoyable, is just the best part.
And while churches in general have that "feel good" front, many of its peers are much like minded individuals and traditional than I ever thought, some even very advanced spiritually. This was also my biggest surprise and I have to say my biggest enjoyment as well.
So for example the practice of lent, superficially you might think is all about not eating meat for a day of the week and be rewarded for it, but in truth, its about fasting and abstaining from comfort (while repenting) for a period so that you might find or be reminded of your faith and purpose in life. Most casuals will only consider the first, but deep down any true Catholic does the latter.