CATHOLICISM VS. FUNDAMENTALISM
ROMAN CATHOLIC AND CHRISTIAN COMMENTS
ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMENTS
From CATHOLICS, FUNDAMENTALISTS AND THE BIBLE, Karl Keating, p. 1: "You can
talk on equal terms with Fundamentalists. In the process, you can teach
them important truths about the Bible. You can point out to them, for
example, that the Bible is an eminently Catholic book. It was written by
members of the Church, was preserved by members of the Church, and is
interpreted authoritatively by members of the Church. You should feel
confident, not anxious, when speaking about the Bible with
Ibid., page 5: "Newer Bibles are actually based on older, better
sources, such as the Qumran scrolls of the second century discovered in
This is a grossly inaccurate statement. In the first place, antiquity has
nothing whatever to do with accuracy. More recently found New Testament
manuscripts do not agree in substance with 85% of the extant manuscripts.
The Qumran (or Dead Sea) scrolls do not contain the New Testament, and
where they have been translated, agree with the established Hebrews text of
the Old Testament.
ROMAN CATHOLIC COMMENTS
From CATHOLICS, FUNDAMENTALISTS AND THE BIBLE, Karl Keating, p. 8. "As a
counter, ask your Fundamentalist friends to prove that the Bible was
intended to be the sole rule of faith. The Bible itself makes no claim.
(Fundamentalists usually bring up 2 Timothy 3:16 and say it proves
Scripture is sufficient as a rule of faith. Have them read the verse along
with you. It calls Scripture `profitable' for doctrine, not `sufficient.'
The words mean different things.)"
From Roman Catholic ad in the PASADENA STAR NEWS (and other publications).
"The next time `Bible Christians' knock at your door, will you know how to
respond? Fundamentaslism is one of the fastest growing religious movements
in the country, and with many converts coming from the Catholic Church.
Those who convert usually know little about the Catholic faith they've
abandoned and often, even less about the history of the `different gospel'
(Galatians 1:8) they've embraced. You should attend this free public
seminar to find out the following: Why Fundamentalists try to discredit
the Catholic Church. Which questions they're not prepared to have you ask
them. Why some of their doctrines aren't Biblical. How to present clearly
and effectively Catholic doctrines such as purgatory, the Eucharist, and
apostolic succession. How you can convert Fundamentalists to the Catholic
2 Timothy 3:16,17 says the Bible is profitable for doctrine, reproof,
correction, instruction in righteousness and adds "that the man of God may
be perfect." How much more sufficiency do you need?
The Catholic Church claims to be "the mother of the Bible." If this is so,
we have a classic example of child abuse. The Catholic church has never
been in favor of a plain Bible being in the hands of the laity. It would be
interesting to ask if members of the Catholic church wrote the Bible, why
they neglected to insert vital Catholic beliefs like Mass, prayer to Mary,
purgatory and sacraments. Rather than preserve the Bible, the Catholic
church systematically burned Bibles for centuries, and the only "preserved"
manuscript was found, by accident, hidden away in the archives of the
Vatican. This is a corrupted text. The Catholic church iteself says it will
only interperet the Bible "according to the unanimous consent of the
Fathers." There has been no unanimity on many vital subjects, e.g.
Immaculate Conception of Mary, Papal Infallibility. In fact, only seven
verses in the entire Bible have been dogmatically interpreted by Catholic
From ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL 11/5/88 p. 4, "ECUMENISM. Conservative Roman
Catholic Church historian James Hitchcock says ecumenical dialogue with
fundamentalists is difficult but 'more promising' than with mainline
denominations. He told a recent conference on fundamentalism that unlike
mainline Protestants, fundamentalists say there can be an authoritative
expression of Christian faith, although they contend the Catholic version
is wrong. It is 'more fruitful', Hitchcock said, to talk with someone who
says 'you're wrong' than with people who don't consider the issue
(Write to C.E.C., Box 99141, Louisville, KY 40269 for booklet TREASURES
FROM GOD'S STOREHOUSE, an in-depth study of the Catholic and
fundamentalists arguments on most major subjects.)
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