I spent the first 40 years of my life in a strict religious environment. Religion was all around me. Every book I read, every sermon I heard, every conversation I engaged in was about the Catholic religion. Everybody who trained me and taught me and formed my thinking was either a monk, nun, priest, bishop, cardinal or pope. But not all of them were spiritual. Some were, like Pope John XXIII, who taught me many lessons in spirituality during the two years I lived in the Vatican; some were not. It was easy to tell the difference.
Organized religions are nonprofit companies, which means they don't pay taxes. However, they organize themselves around pinnacles of power exactly like their for-profit neighbors. Pastors of churches are simply managers, and when they bring in money and members, they are considered "religious people" because — like good managers — they are furthering the cause of that religion. However, spirituality has nothing to do with religion. In fact, if the pastor happens to be spiritual, but not religious, (that is, not a good manager) he or she gets fired.
What does it mean to be "spiritual?" My definition (just my opinion, of course) is a person who truly loves other people. That means, among other things: willing to listen, willing to understand, willing to question and willing to engage in dialogue — not argument and dissent and degrading accusations.
"Spiritual but not religious" (SBNR) is now a popular phrase used to identify the lifestyle of spiritual people who sometimes reject all organized religions. This is the reason we can see church/synagogue attendance falling rapidly, but the vast majority of Americans were still appalled when they thought Planned Parenthood was harvesting baby parts for sale. Religions do not have a monopoly on morality.
Seventy two percent of Generation Y agree they are "more spiritual than religious." What does this really mean? It means this younger generation wants a God of love and peace and forgiveness, and not a God of power and fear and punishment, and they're willing to seek this God in their own like-minded communities instead of in the confines of some of our organized religions.
My Comment: I actually agree with the part on pastors being good business men/women or managers. What appalled me about Pope Benedict's resignation was that he felt he could not be a good manager of the curia and Vatican which under him and certainly under the handicapped days of Pope St. John Paul II got out of control. Why does the pope or any priest need to be a good manager? They need to be good Christians, spiritual and good teachers with word and deed, piety and life. Pope Benedict was certainly this.
As for the commentator's Oprah remarks about being spiritual rather than religious, barf! Such superficiality, individualism and narcissism. Nothing like creating God in one's own image!