I know Catholics that read the scriptures daily and they love being Catholic and most of all Jesus. Sounds foreign doesn't it? But I know being R Catholic doesn't exclude one from being a Christian.
Never found them (there is one exception) and I grew up in a very RC family, went through their schooling system, taught in RC schools, the priests were around all the time drinking with my alcoholic father. My father was a great contributor to the church.
I met one very old RC woman and she had started a mixed bible study group. Really lovely person, as the only other RC there at the time she pulled me aside and said I cannot find Mary in the bible like we are taught. She was in her 80s I said just keep praying and reading the scripture. She loved Jesus but she is a rarity. I mean my grandmother told my father not to worry I would return but no I will never go back to where I know the truth isn't. The old catholic guilt, no longer works on me. I have RC friends and family members who go to mediums. I blame the false teachings about praying to the dead for this. I tell them it is not in scripture and the RCc says not to do it but they still go. The problem is the syncretism, the way the institution has mixed with the world. I mean my Italian relatives were all into the evil eye and doing signs to avoid it. Seriously, this is what happens when you base your teachings on things of the world and not scripture.
Yes to the cynics I do have RC friends. But they do not read scriptures. They do not know of Jesus and do not have a relationship with Him. It is a shame. I know others who have left because the do not approve of the way their institution has handled the latest scandals. You can say something until you are black and blue in the face but actions speak louder than words.
The scriptures tell us to discern the fruits and when there are false claims, I will point out the evidence. The evidence is in their institutions actions. It does not matter how much they want to put their heads in the sands, those actions tell us their claims are false. Also, if they think these scandals have stopped then they are deluded. Pedophiles might go under ground they do not disappear. Also, they act as if these latest scandals are the only ones. It has a history of scandals century after century, decade after decade. It is poisonous fruit.
They talk a lot, they talk about loving their neighbour we ex RCs have felt that love in their posts.
I still do not see Jesus in their actions. Jesus would not allow sin to flourish, He would protect children and the nuns, He would not allow mothers to witness their unbaptised babies being buried in unconsecrated grounds, He would not have allowed the inquistions, He would not put those popes who cared more about themselves that is just some of the ways they do not prove they do not follow Jesus. That does not include false teachings.
As I have said the devil believes in Jesus and he is not saved and we know his future.