This is very true even today, I agree. However For those Christians who were close to Christ and whom recognized the falsehood of the c.c stood up against the c.c and gave their lives by the hands of the c. Machine. We r not just talking about disagreeing with doctrine, but the con sequences for having left the c.c. We can all walk away from any church today if we disagree with church doctrine or actions, but during the reformation your life was at stake.
The RCC, as well as many other Protestant churches have blood on their hands. As a former Catholic myself, I know exactly what you're getting at, but since my exodus from that church, I have also seen a tremendous amount of teachings that are absolutely not in line with scripture, yet people buy into it hook line and sinker, and you know why? It's simple. Their eyes are fixated just as the Catholics were in Spain during the inquisitions, on a man made religion and man himself, rather than on Christ Himself, He who they supposedly depend upon for their very salvation here and thereafter. It's a lazy and unbelief issue at play, one that finds it easier to look to a man to tell you what God's will is than to rely upon God Himself through scripture. We still face those things today.
Remember when Jimmy Swaggert fell, or PTL, or insert minister of your choosing? People were and are devastated, because they were deceived into the false sense of security in looking to the man following Christ than Christ Himself. I can't tell you how many people were shaken in their faith when these people fell, and all because they were looking to the creation rather than the creator. It's a very easy trap to find yourself ensnared in, but the one thing we all should be mindful of if we're following Christ is that Christ came to save us all from our sins, and none are perfect, no not one, so don't follow imperfection or even place it upon a pedestal of any kind of hierarchy. It's just sinners who Christ came to save from themselves, every last one of them, including yours truly here.