You’re a sweetheart, and you add so much to this forum with your enthusiasm. May God bless you abundantly.
Maybe some people will have different answers, but I think it’s when one realizes that our beloved Lord did, in fact, found a Church, and no matter what the warts are, that that Church is the Catholic Church founded on Peter.
I say this because I came back to the Church after leaving it. After I had to face the evidence that Jesus founded a Church (not a publishing company), I had to listen to what she said. Initially, I had a lot of problems (being a married person, one of the biggies was contraception), but I found that in every instance that I looked carefully into the Church’s position and listened to what she actually said (versus the often stupid reasons that others gave for her positions), I was left with the inescapable fact that she was right. Chesterton said something to the effect that the Church does act, in a very unique way, as an institution that has a message that she is preserving. It doesn’t matter what the world says, she is going to preserve that message.
But in answer to your question: why would a Methodist or Baptist not join the Church if they realized what I’ve just said? Why wouldn’t they want to join the Church that Jesus founded? I understand that there are difficulties, but then Jesus did say that those who would not give up mother or father, etc., to follow Him were not worthy of Him.
I don’t know if you saw my response to another post of yours regarding your angst in not being able to receive the Eucharist. In case you didn’t, I’ll repeat it: offer up that angst for the souls of those who reject Jesus and His Church. One of the wonderful things about Catholicism is that we can unite our sufferings with Jesus for others.