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Testimonies from ex-Roman Catholic Priests
CARM ^ | 1997 | Richard Bennet

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:

  1. Henry Gregory Adams.  Born in Saskatchewan, Canada. He entered the Basilian Order of monks and adopted the monastic name of "Saint Hilarion the Great."  He was ordained as a priest and served five parishes in the Lemont, Alberta area. 
    1. Sacraments.  "The monastic life and the sacraments prescribed by the Roman Catholic Church did not help me to come to know Christ personally and find salvation...I realized that the man-made sacraments of my church and my good works were in vain for salvation.  They lead to a false security." (p. 3)
  2. Joseph Tremblay.  Born in Quebec, Canada, 1924.  He was ordained a priest in Rome, Italy and was sent to Bolivia, Chile where he served for 13 years "as a missionary in the congregation of the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate."
    1. Salvation by works.  "My theology has taught me that salvation is by works and sacrifices....my theology gives me no assurance of salvation; the Bible offers me that assurance....I had been trying to save myself on my works...I was stifled in a setting in which I was pushed to do good works to merit my salvation." (pp. 9, 11-12)
  3. Bartholomew F. Brewer.  He applied to the Discalced Carmelites, a strict monastic order.  He received training of "four years of high school seminary, two years in the novitiate, three years of philosophy, and four years of theology (the last after ordination)."  He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in Washington, D.C.  He eventually served as a diocesan priest in San Diego, California and entered the Navy as a Roman Catholic chaplain. 
    1. Upon questioning Rome's Beliefs, "At first I did not understand, but gradually I observed a wonderful change in mother.  Her influence helped me realize the importance of the Bible in determining what we believe.  We often discussed subjects such as the primacy of Peter, papal infallibility, the priesthood, infant baptism, confession, the mass, purgatory, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, and the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven.  In time I realized that not only are these beliefs not in the Bible, they are actually contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture." (pp. 21-22)
    2. Relying on works.  He left the Roman Catholic Church, got married and through conversations with his wife and other Christians, "I finally understood that I had been relying on my own righteousness and religious efforts and not upon the completed and sufficient sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  The Roman Catholic religion had never taught me that our own righteousness is fleshly and not acceptable to God, nor that we need to trust in his righteousness alone...during all those years of monastic life I had relied on the sacraments of Rome to give me grace, to save me." (p. 25)
  4. Hugh Farrell.  Born in Denver, Colorado.  Entered the Order of our Lady of Mount Carmel, commonly called the Discalced Carmelite Fathers.  Ordained as a priest.
    1. Priestly power to change elements:  "The priest, according to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, has the power to take ordinary bread and wine, and, by pronouncing the words of the consecration prayer in the sacrifice of the Mass, to change it into the actual body and blood and soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.  Hence, since one cannot separate the human nature of Christ from his divinity, the bread and wine, after being changed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ, are entitled to the worship of adoration." (pp. 28)
    2. Temporal punishment due to sins. "I knew from the teachings of the priests and nuns that I could not hope to go directly to heaven after my death.  My Roman Catholic catechism taught me that after death I had to pay for the temporal punishment due to my sins.  The Roman Catholic Church teaches that 'the souls of the just which, in a moment of death, are burdened with venial sins or temporal punishment due to sin, enter purgatory.'" (p. 29)
    3. Penance.  Regarding life in the monastery and doing penance.  "These penances consist of standing with the arms outstretched to form a cross, kissing the sandaled feet of the monks, receiving a blow upon the face from the monks, and, at the end of the meal, lying prostrate before the entrance to the refectory so that the departing monks must step over one's body.  These, and other penances, are supposed to gain one merit in heaven and increase one's 'spiritual bank account.'" (p. 36)
    4. The Mass and sorcery.  "According to the teaching of the Roman Church the priest, no matter how unworthy he may personally be, even if he has just made a pact with the devil for his soul, has the power to change the elements of bread and wine into the actual body and blood, soul and divinity, of Jesus Christ.  Provided he pronounces the words of consecration properly and has the intention of consecrating, God must come down on the altar and enter and take over the elements." (p. 39)
  5. Alexander Carson.  Baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as an infant.  His priesthood studies were at St. John's seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts.  He was ordained by Bishop Lawrence Shehan of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1955 and was a priest in Alexandria, Louisiana.  Also, he was pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rayville, Louisiana.
    1. Bible or Tradition.  "...the Holy Spirit led me to judge Roman Catholic theology by the standard of the Bible.  Previously, I had always judged the Bible by Roman Catholic doctrine and theology." (p. 53)
    2. Mass contrary to scripture.  "In my letter of resignation from the Roman Catholic Church and Ministry, I stated to the bishop that I was leaving the priesthood because I could no longer offer the Mass, as it was contrary to the Word of God and to my conscience." (pp. 54-55)
  6. Charles Berry.   He entered the Order of Hermits of St. Augustine and became a priest after 17 years.  He was given orders to continue studying until he achieved a Ph.D. in chemistry and was then "transferred to the headquarters of the Augustinian order in the United States."
    1. Superstition.  "In the United States the Roman Catholic Church is on its best behavior, putting its best foot forward because of its critics and opponents.  In a Roman Catholic country, where it has few opponents or critics, it is a very different matter.  Ignorance and superstition and idolatry are everywhere, and little effort, if any, is made to change the situation.  Instead of following the Christianity taught in the Bible the people concentrate on the worship of statues and their local patron saints." (p. 59)
    2. Idols and Statues.  "When I met in Cuba a genuine pagan who worshiped idols (a religion transplanted from Africa by his ancestors), I asked how he could believe that a plaster idol could help him.  He replied that the idol was not expected to help him; it only represented the power in heaven which could.  What horrified me about his reply was that it was almost word for word the explanation Roman Catholics give for rendering honor to the statues of the saints." (p. 59)
  7. Bob Bush.  He went to a Jesuit Seminary and studied for 13 years before being ordained in 1966.  He entered a post graduate program in Rome.
    1. Works:  "When I entered the order, the first thing that happened was that I was told I had to keep all the rules and regulations, that to do so would be pleasing to God, and that this was what he wanted for me.  We were taught the motto, 'Keep the rule and the rule will keep you.'" (p. 66).
    2. Salvation is by faith:  "It took me many years to realize that I was compromising by staying in the Roman Catholic Church.  Throughout all those years I continued to stress that salvation is only in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and not in the infant baptism; that there is only one source of authority which is the Bible, the word of God; and that there is no purgatory but rather that when we die to either go to heaven or hell."  (p. 69)
    3. Salvation by works:  "The Roman Catholic Church then goes on to say that in order to be saved you must keep its laws, rules and regulations.  And in these laws are violated (for example, laws concerning birth control or fasting or attendance at Mass every Sunday), then you have committed a sin....'individual and integral confession and absolution constitute the only ordinary way by which the faithful person who was aware of serious sin can be reconciled with God, and with the church' (Canon 9609)." (p. 75)
    4. Works: "The Roman Catholic Church adds works, and that you have to do these specific things [keeping its laws, rule and regulations] ]in order to be saved, whereas the Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9 that it is by grace that we are saved, not by works." (pp. 75-76)

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).


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1 posted on 01/25/2014 11:26:41 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

*Fetches popcorn*


2 posted on 01/25/2014 11:28:55 AM PST by Luircin
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To: Gamecock

“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.


3 posted on 01/25/2014 11:31:39 AM PST by Bayard
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To: Gamecock

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.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 11:41:26 AM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Bayard

*Consults Catholic/Protestant thread drinking game rules, then takes a shot*


5 posted on 01/25/2014 11:46:32 AM PST by Luircin
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To: Gamecock
He left the Roman Catholic Church, got married and ...

...set upon a career of attacking his former church to justify breaking his vows.

We've seen these tales somewhere before.

6 posted on 01/25/2014 11:54:36 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
Martin Luther? We've seen these tales somewhere before. 
7 posted on 01/25/2014 12:01:53 PM PST by Justice
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To: Gamecock

“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!


8 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:24 PM PST by sueQ
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To: Gamecock

FIFTY Testimonies? WOW That’s a lot. /sarc


9 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:36 PM PST by Bob Eimiller
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To: Luircin

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.


10 posted on 01/25/2014 12:04:51 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Gamecock

FIFTY Testimonies? WOW That’s a lot. /sarc


11 posted on 01/25/2014 12:05:29 PM PST by Bob Eimiller
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

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.


12 posted on 01/25/2014 12:08:47 PM PST by huckfillary
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To: Luircin

13 posted on 01/25/2014 12:15:50 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Luircin

You’ll ruin your liver, kid.


14 posted on 01/25/2014 12:28:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Luircin

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.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 12:35:55 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


16 posted on 01/25/2014 12:36:11 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Gamecock

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.


17 posted on 01/25/2014 12:55:17 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Luircin

*cracks_open_a_Dr_Pepper*

Kidneys are overrated.


18 posted on 01/25/2014 12:58:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM; Gamecock
...set upon a career of attacking his former church to justify breaking his vows.

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.

19 posted on 01/25/2014 12:59:20 PM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: Steelfish; newgeezer
where any person is free to crack open the Bible

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.

20 posted on 01/25/2014 1:04:33 PM PST by DungeonMaster
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To: Gamecock

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.


21 posted on 01/25/2014 1:22:03 PM PST by sueQ
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To: Steelfish

*Consults list. 134: Take a shot when someone compares Protestants in general to well-known kooks. Takes a shot.*


22 posted on 01/25/2014 1:38:17 PM PST by Luircin
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To: sueQ

Are you trying to ruin “the drinking game”? [see prior discussions among others, this thread...]


23 posted on 01/25/2014 1:38:22 PM PST by BlueDragon (I saw what you did, and I know who you are! (elephants never forget))
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To: Gamecock

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/155444624609302553/

Over 1000 ordained Protestant pastors have become Catholic in the last decade. CHN is here to help them on their journey. “The purpose of the Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork) is to provide fellowship, encouragement, and support to men and women who are considering becoming Catholic and those who have already come home. In particular, the Coming Home Network seeks to assist non-Catholic clergy who often face acute difficulties and struggles during their journeys.”

http://www.ctsbooks.org/finding-the-fullness-of-faith

Stephen Ray was raised in a devout, loving, Baptist family. In this presentation, he shares his amazing conversion to Catholicism and explains why he is convinced it is the Church founded by Christ over 2000 years ago

http://www.ctsbooks.org/im-not-being-fed-1

Jeff Cavins explores and responds to some of the reasons why so many people have left the Catholic Church for evangelical Christianity.

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.

http://www.ctsbooks.org/why-a-protestant-pastor-became-a-catholic

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.

http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/features/conversionstories/02.asp

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

http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9901/opinion/ferrara.html

I began to read—papal 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 faith—all were eager evangelizers. The more I read and talked, the more convinced I became of the truth of the Catholic Church’s teachings and doctrine.

http://chnetwork.org/

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 God’s 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.


24 posted on 01/25/2014 1:40:42 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: DungeonMaster

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.


25 posted on 01/25/2014 1:42:24 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Bob Eimiller

*Consults drinking game list. 5: Attacking a side issue instead of the message. Takes a shot*


26 posted on 01/25/2014 1:44:12 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Gamecock
I asked many priests how I could be sure I was going to heaven. To a man, they would look at their shoes and say: "Well, that's a Great Mystery."
27 posted on 01/25/2014 1:44:43 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Gamecock

Testimony from former Protestant Ministers who discovered the truth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKdaU0snPRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDumU0TSrY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPpzA7OGDFk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXX6oE5kn38

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev40dzl-35o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZUBhZDj0_w

http://www.katoliko.com/Former_Evangelical_Protestant_Pastor_Who_Converted_CatholicismNowCatholicPriest.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1rD2sLbFRw&NR=1

http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Mega-Church-Pastor-Discovered/dp/0984131833


28 posted on 01/25/2014 1:44:58 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Gamecock
Obviously these Catholic priests were not catechized right! /s
29 posted on 01/25/2014 1:45:29 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: DungeonMaster

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.*


30 posted on 01/25/2014 1:45:58 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Gamecock
Tiber Backstroke Placemarker!

Welcome Home to Christ!

31 posted on 01/25/2014 1:46:52 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: NKP_Vet

Wow! These sinful Protestant pastors must have not been catechized right!


32 posted on 01/25/2014 1:49:14 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: sueQ

*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.


33 posted on 01/25/2014 1:49:56 PM PST by Luircin
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

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.


34 posted on 01/25/2014 1:53:55 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Luircin

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


35 posted on 01/25/2014 1:54:00 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: NKP_Vet

*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.*


36 posted on 01/25/2014 1:54:20 PM PST by Luircin
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To: vladimir998

Thanks much; I’ll make a note of that.


37 posted on 01/25/2014 1:55:46 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Bayard; KingOfVagabonds; Berlin_Freeper; UnRuley1; mlizzy; mc5cents; RichInOC; Prince of Space; ...

“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]


38 posted on 01/25/2014 1:55:51 PM PST by narses (... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.)
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To: fr_freak
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.

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.

EXCELLENT.

39 posted on 01/25/2014 1:58:21 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Luircin

*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.*


40 posted on 01/25/2014 2:00:07 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Luircin

Jimmy Swaggart made me Catholic!

http://www.st-dominic.org/index.php/calendar/mass-intentions/icalrepeat.detail/2011/04/04/3196/0/OGQ4NTgyZWM3NDI0MGViYWFmNDAzYzU2NThhZjAyZGI=

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!


41 posted on 01/25/2014 2:03:33 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Luircin
No grief from here, intended.

Seems a sane way to cope with the near-incessant back-and-forth of the same 'ol same 'ol.

Carry on

42 posted on 01/25/2014 2:04:52 PM PST by BlueDragon (I saw what you did, and I know who you are! (elephants never forget))
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To: NKP_Vet

*Takes another third of a shot*


43 posted on 01/25/2014 2:08:10 PM PST by Luircin
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To: huckfillary

Judge Robert Bork disagreed with you.

http://www.pinterest.com/shethomist/famous-catholic-converts/


44 posted on 01/25/2014 2:09:17 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Bayard

“This man abandoned him”

Quite the opposite: You misread him; he left the Catholic institutions and found Christ.


45 posted on 01/25/2014 2:10:35 PM PST by Wuli
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To: NKP_Vet
"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."

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.

46 posted on 01/25/2014 2:19:41 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

[... forgot to post link of where quote came from]

http://www.ibtimes.com/why-catholicism-losing-influence-protestantism-brazil-723323


47 posted on 01/25/2014 2:21:00 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Truth is hate to those who hate the Truth)
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To: Luircin

Hokay, so what church is the true church founded by Jesus and as discipled by the Jewish apostles ? Where would one find it today ?


48 posted on 01/25/2014 2:29:40 PM PST by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: Steelfish
"Only 50 priests out of how many worldwide?"

Well, when you take out those and the ones that fiddle with little altar boys, there are only about 17 left...

49 posted on 01/25/2014 2:30:56 PM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: huckfillary

For which church did you leave the Catholic church ?


50 posted on 01/25/2014 2:32:01 PM PST by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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