The Cursillo (cur-see-yo) movement originated in Spain in 1947. The
official name, Cursillos in Christianity means "a short course in Christian
Founder Bishop Juan Hervas states, "The cursillo movement is aimed at
Christian renewal and to bringing to the Church a group of Christians
dedicated to living the life of Grace and working with all their strength
to bring others to live it."
The movement encourages evangelical-sounding words (born again,
salvation experience, receiving Christ) without the biblical basis for
salvation, the completed work of Jesus Christ on Calvary. Those who attend
cursillos (cursillistas) are encouraged to live their "Christian" lives
within the sacramental framework of Romanism; they are usually fervently
involved in the sacraments.
Terminologies Roman Catholics learn in cursillos confuse their
evangelical friends, who don't realize these terms have a different meaning
for Roman Catholics. In some cursillos, evangelical are recruited to share
this experience with their "Catholic brothers", and some are now being
conducted almost solely for Protestants as an ecumenical ploy.
The lay involvement promoted in Cursillos has greatly strengthened the
This movement is creating a "climate of tolerance" which supposes that
religious people can meet together in "love and unity," regardless of
totally different beliefs regarding Christ's finished redemption.
The national Cursillo movement has began a pilot program of
evangelization of non-Catholics called Arise. It is directed to the
unchurched and to members of other churches. The Arise program used a three-
day weekend of prayer, community experience and presentations by a team of
two priests and 14 laymen to examine the Catholic Church's history and
After a Cursillo, cursillistas get together for a bi-weekly Ultreya,
where they talk about their spirtitual lives.
Address of the Cursillo movement: 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA
THE CURSILLO MOVEMENT by ALEX DUNLAP
The Cursillo movement is one of the newest of Rome's successful plans to
fool sleepy Protestants and others. The R.C. Church has replaced the mailed
fist approach to non-Catholics with the Trojan horse of infiltration by
guile, intrigue and deception. The Cursillo Movement is an example. A
pamphlet from the Louisville, Kentucky office says, 'although it is
Catholic in origin and setting, now Protestants and Catholics can have an
encounter with Christ together.' This retreat revival weekend is called a
Cursillo. So today's priests are being trained to use expressions like born
again, salvation experience, salvation history, encounter with Christ,
baptism of the Holy Spirit, salvation from a non-divine existence,
receiving Christ, charismatic experience, kerygma, etc. They are attending
evangelistic crusades, learning the hymns, the messages, the terminology.
They are going forward at invitations, being interviewed in the inquiry
rooms by counselors and personal, workers, filling out cards indicating the
church of their choice as R.C.. Priests and nuns are being trained to
attend Full Gospel meetings and to copy the actions and motions of others.
Priests are joining local councils of churches, YMCAs, speaking in
pentecostal, Methodist, Baptist and other so-called Protestant churches.
One priest, Cursillo Director in Louisville, told me the Baptist minister
welcomed him as a brother in Christ because, he said, we both believe in
Jesus. This priest boasted to me that he was conducting a revival in a
Methodist Church. Fundamentalists, beware! Modernists are not the only ones
being fooled. The FGBMI, for instance, has published a booklet, ROMAN
CATHOLICS AND THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. It contains testimonies of
priests, nuns and laity telling how they received the baptism of the Holy
Spirit and now they attend Mass more regularly, are more devoted RCs and
say, 'We appreciate the liturgy more fully.' The RC Church is doing away
with the old catechism books. It is not denying the contents contained in
them, it's just phasing them out for its new program of the Trojan Horse.
Now they have modern castechisms. You can read about it in the 40-page
booklet by this name published by Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana.
They now admit that the old catechism classes were drab, dull and
Modern catechists are to teach the liturgy as the saving actions of
Christ made present to God's people today. Christ's purpose was 'that they
might accomplish the work of salvation which they have proclaimed by means
of sacrifice and sacraments around which the entire liturgical life
revolves.' And again they say that Christ is present in the sacrifice of
the Mass, especially under the Eucharistic Species.
Expressions appealing to Protestants such as salvation centered appear
often. On the one hand they are trying to acommodate themselves to
Protestants, even fundamentalists, by speaking of salvation as a gift of
God not to be merited. On the other hand, under all the camoflauge there is
still the Roman pope, the blasphemous Mass, the idolatrous devotion to
Mary, salvation by sacraments, the new birth by water baptism and the same
old purgatory - all denying the efficacy of the blood atonement of Jesus
Yes, it is the same old Romish attack on the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ
hidden inside the Trojan Horse of Protestant expressions and activities. In
modern catechisms we read that all of creation is evolutionary and the
dynamism of God's creativity points to man as the crown of creation. Hence
salvation is the final step in this creative process, and is the divinizing
of creation in the person of man.
And some Christians, even pastors, are snowed by such verbiage and
effervescence. We need to read and study passages in the Word of God that
warn of crafty teachers, deceitful workers, and Satan and his ministers
coming as angels of light. (Luke 20:23; Eph 4:214; II Cor 11:13; Mt
24:4,5,24; Acts 5:3; Rom 16:18; Eph 5:6; II Cor 11:26; II Peter 2:1; Luke
21:8; I Cor 6:9; II Tim 3:13; Rev 18:23; II John 7.
Then warn truly converted persons against being fooled by Rome's espionage
agents. Instead, in the love and power of the Holy Spirit pierce their
disguise with the word of God, the sword of the Spirit. Bring them under
conviction of sin. Expose their counterfeit Christ (II Cor 11:14). Show
then how to be truly converted according to the Christ of the Bible, the
Christ Who saves fully and completelty from, sin and hell by faith alone in
His substitutionary blood sacrifice. Then lead them out of Roman idolatry
into a Christ-centered, Bible teaching, missionary-minded, evangelical,
evangelistic, fundamental, separated, Protestant, New Testament Christian
church. Turn the tables on the devil."
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