Without getting too in depth, I have been a follower of Jesus only for about 2.5 years. I was searching many different paths at one point, went to a Buddhist meditation, Unitarian, Lutheran church, Episcopal, etc. When we moved to Mechanicsburg a few years ago, I was looking for a church to go to in the evening. I Googled a church in the area and found a Brethren in Christ church that had a Sunday evening service. I went there, things "clicked" for me, and the rest is history! I even got to invite my sister and her now husband there, and they are both committed followers and members now of McBic. I didn't grow up in the church, though, and the few times we went, we went to a local Episcopal church or something similar to that. The anabaptist church is quite a change from my previous experiences! Hubby, on the other hand, grew up sometimes going to a Catholic church, and unfortunately, had some crappy experiences (i.e. being told he was going to hell for listening to a certain kind of music, etc.) Anyway, those left a bad taste in his mouth, so we just keep an open dialogue and respect one another on our own paths. My hope is that I can be the wife that I was meant to be and show him that there are many different 'flavors' of Christians, and not all are condemning to others! God knows exactly what path he is on anyway!
PS. I know his experience is not indicative of all Catholic churches, or Catholics, just his own.