It is interesting that for decades I was told that Catholicism is a spiritual disease and that many of my fellow pewmates in our Baptist church were “saved out of Catholicism”. It was as if Catholics were the old version of the Branch Davidians or something.
The bottom line is that Protestants, particularly Evangelicals, use a strawman approach to Catholicism. I sat through dozens if not hundreds of sermons lambasting Catholics. The pastors usually had a laundry list of bad things Catholics do like worshiping Mary, etc.
I only wish non-Catholic Christians would take some time to study Church History and put some effort into understanding what Catholicism is and, more importantly, what it is not.
If people approach the subject with an open mind and some intellectual honesty, many will come away with a better understanding. Don’t let some pastor pre-digest these things and spoon feed you his interpretation. (He probably was spoon fed a pre-digested interpretation by someone else.)