Good point on having caution at what people say about what they believe in Catholicism. Many, many people are born Catholic and are just Catholic by name and sometimes go to Church but don’t even know why they believe what they believe. That is why I left the Church almost 15 years ago. This is changing as many parishes are getting better and better at education, but it will take time.
I believe this is a kind of result of the thought that, since so many educated Catholics understand that it is the truth, they can’t fathom people being led astray very easily. They underestimate the level of ignorance or misunderstanding that can occur.
Getting back to the subject, I believe a simple gospel fits more the Catholic view, as you don’t have to argue over what everyone meant to say in scripture.* This all depends on peoples upbringing, values and agendas, which leads to all these different perspectives on what the Bible means. Leading to many discussions on what something means even in one church I once went to. If someone didn’t agree and got bothered enough by it they just went to another church which better fit their own beliefs.
I went back to early Christian writings, (Church Fathers), this led me to the Catholic Church. They give a perspective on what people thought, and believed back in the time of the apostles and directly afterward. Also each time I doubted the Catholic Church I investigated it and it has not let me down. Maybe I will start a thread on one of these when I have the time. Look for it in a couple of days I think I will title it about “Saint Death” and Mexico.
GK Chesterton once said something to the effect of, believing in the Church allows for a more indepth view of religion, as you don’t have to reinvent it each lifetime. It is great, one you understand that Jesus did create a Church here on earth.