A former Roman Catholic from Quebec that I met earlier this year has sent me some information on Catholicism. I wanted his input since he was born into the religion and therefore would have a unique insight into it. He sent me the testimony of a former priest named Richard Bennett.
I read some of his life story and was struck by how similar his account is to that of Charles Chiniquy. Once he was exposed to the Bible, he saw how it differed from the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Bennett declared that once he began to study the Bible, he discovered that it “teaches clearly that it is from God and is absolute in what it says. It is true in its history, in the promises God has made, in its prophecies, in the moral commands it gives, and in how to live the Christian life. ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works’ (II Timothy 3:16-17).”
When I was asked to talk to the prayer group in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, I took as my subject the absolute authority of God’s Word. It was the first time that I had understood such a truth or talked about it. I returned to Vancouver, B.C. and in a large parish Church, before about 400 people, I preached the same message. Bible in hand, I proclaimed that “the absolute and final authority in all matters of faith and morals is the Bible, God’s own Word.”
Three days later, the archbishop of Vancouver, B.C., James Carney, called me to his office. I was then officially silenced and forbidden to preach in his archdiocese. I was told that my punishment would have been more severe, were it not for the letter of recommendation I had received from my own archbishop, Anthony Pantin.
Wow, that doesn’t sound very “tolerant,” but the media elite are unlikely to say anything about it.
Mr. Bennett says he “left the Roman Catholic Church when I saw that life in Jesus Christ was not possible while remaining true to Roman Catholic doctrine.” My acquaintance from Quebec also remarked that, essentially, he felt that no one could be a Christian while in the Roman Catholic Church. To read the rest of Richard Bennett’s very interesting story, visit http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-r011.html