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All the major religions are good at the core, and mean well. It's the practitioners that distort them. Christianity may have done cruel things, but do you think that's really the main idea of christianity and Jesus's intentions? No, it was humans who did those things. Just like there are terrorists who claim to follow Islam but through their violence are actually going against true Islam. The problem is not the religion themselves, it's how people interpret & misinterpret them and twist them to their own advantage.|
I'm no expert on religion, that's all just my view.
It's true that there is a lot of guilt in Catholicism, I was raised mildly Catholic as a child (I'm not christian now), and the idea of everyone being a sinner can be a tough idea to deal with. But Buddhism says we are all born into suffering. That was a tough idea for me at first too. If you can understand one of those, then maybe you can try to understand the other int he same way.
Buddhism says we are all held back by desire, attachment, worldly things and pleasures, and we should try to let go of the attachment to these things.
Catholicism says we are born sinners, and will always be tempted and must work hard to overcome our unhealthy desires and pleasures.
Those two can be seen as similar if you like.
One thing about Catholicism that doesn't work for me is the necessity to confess your sins. In Buddhism and some other religions you can forgive yourself, but in Catholicism you should be forgiven by a priest. It's not a big deal really, in both cases you are encouraged to let your mistakes go and move on, trying harder next time. I personally don't think it's necessary to go to a priest for that, but some people may feel more comfortable and secure going to a more religiously knowledgable person for that sort of thing.