Contrary to what others have claimed in this thread so far, authentic Buddhism and authentic Catholicism are identical in essence, though obviously the theological concepts, the outward form, and the community feel are quite different. The trouble is that Westerners are exposed to a modern re-interpretation of Buddhism that is radically different from what Buddhism is in the minds of “native” Buddhists, i.e. those who are born and raised Buddhists.
This problem is nearly impossible to fix. As a Westerner you can fly across the world and sit in a monastery somewhere in the Orient, but what you’ll be taught (and especially how you’ll be taught) will still be tailored to your foreign background. Besides, it is difficult to undo the prejudices that the Westerner typically takes in before he travels East. Simple example: for any native Buddhist, the practical backbone of Buddhism are its basic ceremonies: kneeling, prostration, prayer, offerings, etc. That is where and how Buddhism starts if you grow up in a Buddhist nation. For a foreigner, much though he may learn to practice these rituals also, Buddhism typically starts conceptually: noble truths, eightfold path, three characteristics, etc. The Westerner typically ends up tacking the rituals onto a theoretical core that he has subconsciously already taken to be Buddhism’s essence. But the truth is that the rituals are much closer to Buddhism’s core and that the theoretical concepts are tacked-on; they didn’t even exist in their current form until the 18th century.
Anyway, my rant aside, authentic Buddhism’s goal is Salvation. Authentic Catholicism’s goal is Salvation. There is no difference, much though Catholics will insist otherwise. And while we’re at it, Islam’s goal is Salvation, Hinduism’s goal is Salvation, Jainism’s goal is Salvation, Sikhism’s goal is Salvation, Bahai’s goal is Salvation, etc. etc. I’m not saying all religions are equally good for anyone – they aren’t. I’m saying they are the same in essence. Best to stick with what you grew up with, unless the call to change becomes extremely strong and you are ready to deal with the massive consequences of conversion.