Charles Chiniquy was a Roman Catholic priest who later was saved and wrote
FIFTY YEARS IN THE CHURCH OF ROME. Even though his testimony is genuine
and was brought on as a result of frequent Bible reading in his youth,
some Roman Catholic writers have tried to villify him.
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
From RADIO REPLIES, Frs. Rumble and Carty. "Father Chiniquy was a French
Catholic who was ordained a priest in 1843. On September 28, 1851, he was
suspended from priestly duties for immoral conduct. He left for the United
States, and persuaded a bishop there to give him another chance. But that
Bishiop had to expel him in 1856. He appealed to another Bishop, but was
not accepted. He finally persuaded the Bishop of Chicago to re-instate
him, but was again expelled. Then, having made himself impossible with
every Catholic Bishop, he went to a hotel and, after a night of agony and
distress over his abandonment by the Catholic Church, he says he saw the
light from Heaven fall upon him and he saw clearly that the Roman Church
was wrong, and that salvation lay with the Protestants.
"In 1862 the Protestant Synod of Chicago expelled him for
misappropriation nof funds. The American Presbyterians accepted and then
expelled him for embezzelment. After that, he became a Orange Lodge
lecturer against Rioman Catholicism.
"At the time of his death, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal most
charitably offered him forgivenmess and reconciliation." (It is not stated
in RADIO REPLIES whether he accepted this forgiveness.)
I have visited the Presbyterian Church in St. Anne, Illinois, the church
that Chiniquy founded when he left the Catholic Church. I saw a plaque
commemorating Chiniquy's pastoring that church from 1858, when he left the
Church of Rome, until 1888, a period of 30 years (during which time RADIO
REPLIES says he was with several Protestant groups and was dismissed, in
disgrace, from all of them.
Just befopre he died, Chiniquy made this notarized statement, "I commit
my soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Creator, by the mediation of
Jesus Christ alone, my Divine Redeemer, whose merits are infinite. I
cannot return to the bondage of Rome."
In a reply to Dr. Charles Hodge published in THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TIMES
(10/31/53), Chiniquy wrote, "After twenty-five years of experience and
study as a priest of Rome, I do not know a single truth which that
apostate church has kept intact and unmixed with the most diabolical and
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