“I think a lot of what draws some of us to the Witnesses, based on talking to several ex-Catholics that have converted, is the foundation of the JWs on the Bible. Although a product of Catholic high school, CCD while in public school, and actually teaching CCD myself was the actual lack of Bible knowledge.”
I find it amazing when I hear or see Catholics claim that they had a lack of Bible knowledge while in the Church and that it took leaving Catholicism to teach them the truth before they could return to the Church.
When my family and I first moved here, I was 9 or 10, and there were more Protestant churches than Catholic. My (then) Protestant mother had to search to find the nearest Catholic Church. I went to Protestant churches not wanting to interrupt everything I’d learned about Jesus and the Bible in the Catholic Church.
JWs don’t celebrate birthdays or any holidays. They also believe Jesus to be Michael the Archangel. Like Mormons, they have their own version of the Bible and their own beliefs about who will get to Heaven and who won’t.
When I was a child, the priest of the parish I went to at the time said, “Don’t go to Protestant churches or to any church that isn’t Catholic. Their teachings aren’t like ours.” (This was in the 1960s before we moved here.)
Many people today do explore other churches. Our late priest used to encourage those who were about to be Confirmed to go out and see how others taught Jesus. And if they wanted to leave the Catholic Church, this was the time to do it. He didn’t want anyone regretting being Catholic or remaining Catholic. He warned that after Confirmation, there were no takseys backseys.