The situation in Kiryas Joel (and also New Square, NY, to a lesser extent) is not really analogous to Catholicism thusly: if a teenaged kid in a Catholic family decides that they’re just not going to go to Mass anymore, the deacons and the parish priest don’t descend on his household, try to force him into compliance and encourage his family to kick him out and banish him from the home without regard to where he’ll end up if he refuses.
The Catholic Church also encourages higher education, research and knowledge, running colleges all over the country, where 41% of Kiryas Joel residents, born and raised in the U.S. don’t even speak English, because they’re never taught it at home nor in the Kiryas Joel schools where classes are conducted in Yiddish.
The Catholic Church also doesn’t insist that families expand themselves beyond their point to financially subsist without outside assistance. 2/3 of Kiryas Joel families are below the federal poverty line and more than 40% are on food stamps as a direct result of community edicts to marry young, shun any family planning (including contraceptives and the NFP acceptable to the Catholic church) and to become single income households once children begin to arrive.
Nor does the Catholic Church run any enclaves where the bishop or archbishop has to approve candidates for town offices, with uncharacteristically dense housing, running the public school (at least in the U.S.) And when a bishop hands down a ruling that women shouldn’t drive cars and that the public buses of the enclave should be gender-segregated, brace yourselves for the firestorm of the century, and rightly so.
Kiryas Joel calls itself a Hasidic oasis, but it’s really a modern day shtetl.