Skip to comments.Testimonies from ex-Roman Catholic Priests
Posted on 01/25/2014 11:26:41 AM PST by Gamecock
The following quotes are taken from the book by Richard Bennet, Far from Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of 50 Converted Roman Catholic Priests, Carlisle, PN: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1997. They are quite interesting and valuable since they give an insight to Catholicism from those who were priests in the Catholic Church and then left it to find salvation in Jesus.
Following are excerpts from only a few of the fifty testimonies in the book:
As you can see, even Roman Catholic Priests can discover the truth found in God's word and escape the error of the Roman Catholic system of works righteousness. To God be the glory.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast," (Eph. 2:8-9).
“my theology gives me no assurance of salvation; the Bible offers me that assurance”
Jesus offers that assurance. This man abandoned him because he is an idiot who doesn’t know where salvation comes from.
I figure I’ve got roughly 50 years of Purgatory to go through before the big Maitre’ D comes to seat me at a table. I’ll wait at the bar.
*Consults Catholic/Protestant thread drinking game rules, then takes a shot*
...set upon a career of attacking his former church to justify breaking his vows.
We've seen these tales somewhere before.
“As you can see, even Roman Catholic Priests can discover the truth found in God’s word and escape the error of the Roman Catholic system of works righteousness. To God be the glory.”
Amen brother! No one has an obligation to remain in error and bondage upon discovering the TRUTH!
FIFTY Testimonies? WOW That’s a lot. /sarc
Most of the priests I know about who left the Catholic church did it because they wanted to marry - or to go live a gay lifestyle - seriously!
As such, it is true that they left because they did not accept the rules of priesthood. That is their decision. Sad that many faithful Catholics had these priests assigned to their parishes. It is very much a disillusion.
FIFTY Testimonies? WOW That’s a lot. /sarc
I left the Catholic Church as well-—mostly for political reasons. I can’t remember the last time I heard a sermon on liberty. Nor have I ever heard a priest or any Catholic spokesperson note the difference between benevolence and public welfare. To the Church, there seems to be no difference. In the Church’s eyes, charity and forced charity are both good.
I have read about the role of the churches in pre-revolutionary America. They played an important role in supporting the patriot cause and agitating for liberty.
Abortion issue aside, today’s Catholic Church is so pro-government and so pro-establishment, I simply could not bring myself to attend anymore. When the Catholic Church
takes up the banner of liberty and regularly attacks
our criminal and corrupt system of government from the pulpit, I’ll return to the fold.
You’ll ruin your liver, kid.
Bwaha - I think you have the best method for viewing these threads. Just make sure you use shots of beer or wine rather than liquor, or you’ll be puking your guts out by post 50. And eat before you play.
True enough; good thing I’m so poor that I can’t afford booze. I’m settling for Mountain Dew, so instead of ruining my liver, I’ll ruin my kidneys.
Only 50 priests out of how many worldwide? These were folks who wanted the “Protestant” view of Scripture where any person is free to crack open the Bible (a set of books deemed authentic by the Catholic Church) and provide “their” own interpretation and of course they have a large choice of 35,000 Protestant sects and sub-sects or why not simply start up your “own” congregations in the traditions of Rev. Schuller; Rev. Jeremiah Wright; or Joel Osteen.
Kidneys are overrated.
When a Protestant moves to Catholicism, it's a wonderful event of truth and enlightenment.
When a Catholic becomes a Protestant they're attacking the church.
OKkkkkkkkkkkk. BTW-We have quite a few former Catholics in our Sunday School class. On rare occasions I might make a comment about Catholic dogma. It is surprising how many agree with me.
Wow, that phrase all by itself is very interesting. This is something that Satan, via the RCC, has wanted to accomplish. It sure seems that good progress has been made. Discuss the bible with an RC and count how many seconds it takes for said RC to begin attacking not only your "interpretation" of the bible but serious belief in the bible and the bible itself.
Was the purpose of your post to encourage derision and mocking of Christians who believe the Word that states that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and not of works? I think I’m in the wrong place.
*Consults list. 134: Take a shot when someone compares Protestants in general to well-known kooks. Takes a shot.*
Are you trying to ruin “the drinking game”? [see prior discussions among others, this thread...]
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As he presents the story of his return to Catholicism, Cavins also builds a case for why the Catholic Church is the Church founded by Christ.
Dr. Scott Hahn explains through his legendary testimony how he was militantly anti-Catholic but self-driven to seek the truth.
This ultimately led him into the Catholic Church. He soon became an ardent defender of the Faith and one of its most passionate promoters.
Fr. Francis Jamieson was born and brought up in England as a Protestant. He was later ordained. It wasn’t long before Fr. Francis realized that it was the Catholic Church that made any real sense
I began to readpapal encyclicals, Vatican II documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, theologians such as Louis Bouyer, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. I conversed with other Protestant pastors who had become Catholic and with priests who had grown up in the faithall were eager evangelizers. The more I read and talked, the more convinced I became of the truth of the Catholic Churchs teachings and doctrine.
The conversion story of Marcus Grodi
Becoming Catholic was never my dream or intent. It is still an all too vivid memory to me, sitting alone at age 40 in a half-lit basement, having resigned from the pastorate. I ached for having abandoned the weekly privilege of a pulpit from which to proclaim Gods truth. Would I ever have this privilege again? Will I ever again have a pulpit? Now they estimate that each week from the pulpit of The Journey Home television program I speak to a potential audience of over a billion viewers and listeners. In one night I speak to more people than I ever could have in my entire career as a Protestant minister. This is the humor of our merciful God. Before I converted I had no idea whatsoever how I would support my family let alone how I would continue in ministry. But this is getting way ahead of myself.
At the moment I’m working as a part-time chaplain. One of the other chaplains is a lady who is a lesbian Catholic, and she’s outright told the class that she doesn’t rely on the Bible, and she told us that she doesn’t read it as much as the rest of us on the chaplaincy staff do.
I also minister to Catholics as part of the chaplain work, and a not-uncommon statement I hear is, “I don’t need to read the Bible; I have a priest for that.”
I like Catholics—a good chunk of my family is Catholic, so I’d better like them—but this is what they outright told me.
*Consults drinking game list. 5: Attacking a side issue instead of the message. Takes a shot*
Testimony from former Protestant Ministers who discovered the truth:
Oh, and just so no one can accuse me of not ribbing both sides:
*Checks drinking game list. 78: Whenever someone mentions brings up interpreting the Bible, take a shot. So takes a shot.*
Welcome Home to Christ!
Wow! These sinful Protestant pastors must have not been catechized right!
*Consults drinking game list. 54: When someone attacks the drinking game, take a shot. So takes a shot.*
But seriously, no, I’m not mocking Christians. I’m a seminarian and a chaplain. Mostly I just see these arguments taking pretty much the exact same shape every single time. And so instead of getting angry, I’m trying to be amused. And perhaps soothe some tensions.
And maybe it’ll get people to think deeper instead of just posting talking points. I know that I’ve started to think deeper about faith matters instead of lashing out at Catholics for their differences, and I’m the one who came up with the gag.
Just say when and I can give you thousands of more names of former protestants that are now Catholic. But my fingers get tired of tying.
Then have them talk to their priest and he can remind them of this:
“This sacred Synod earnestly and specifically urges all the Christian faithful...to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the excelling knowledge of Jesus Christ... For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ...”
Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Section 25
*Consults drinking game list. 92: When people post links as proof to the rightness of their Church body, and the links are FROM their church body, take a shot for every three links. Takes two and a third shots.*
Thanks much; I’ll make a note of that.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”
These things he said while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum
Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?
What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?
It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.
And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”
As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him
Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”
Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil?”
He was referring to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot; it was he who would betray him, one of the Twelve. [John 6: 49-71]
Can't afford beer; I'm settling for Mountain Dew on top of nachos. It seems that I'm already getting some grief over the drinking game, though.
*Consults drinking game list as well. Whenever someone brings up anecdotes with co-workers who are of the other church body, take a shot. If they are family members, take two shots. Takes a shot.*
Jimmy Swaggart made me Catholic!
Tim Staples was your typical protestant, on fire for his faith—until he met the “wrong” marine: a Catholic man who was both willing and able to defend his faith. Let Tim tell you his story...why Tim was defending the Catholic church during his time at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and how this school expedited the process of Tim becoming Catholic!
Seems a sane way to cope with the near-incessant back-and-forth of the same 'ol same 'ol.
*Takes another third of a shot*
Judge Robert Bork disagreed with you.
“This man abandoned him”
Quite the opposite: You misread him; he left the Catholic institutions and found Christ.
No doubt you could.
You can look around the world and find hundreds of millions of former Catholics who left and found Christ and now fellowship with local assemblies. Heck, you can find millions in Brazil alone, not to mention America.
"Forty years ago, Brazil's Catholics stood at 92 percent of the population. In 2000, that figure dropped to around 74 percent, and a decade later it dwindled to less than 65 percent. Protestantism, on the other hand, increased from 15.4 percent of the population in 2000 to 22.2 percent in 2010, a gain of 42.3 million followers."
I'm excited when anyone comes to faith in Christ.
[... forgot to post link of where quote came from]
Hokay, so what church is the true church founded by Jesus and as discipled by the Jewish apostles ? Where would one find it today ?
Well, when you take out those and the ones that fiddle with little altar boys, there are only about 17 left...
For which church did you leave the Catholic church ?