First, I am a new member to Catholic Answers and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of Catholicism and the Church. While I grew up as a Southern Baptist, I made the decision to convert to Catholicism awhile back but because of some health problems have been unable to finish my RCIA classes. I am hoping that I will be able to return very soon, as I feel more at home in the Catholic church than any church I attended previously.
Today, I was astounded and appalled to turn my television to the Inspiration Network and hear someone named Doug Batchelor (apparently a Seventh Day Adventist, though I’ve never heard of him before) claim that the Catholic Church was/is “The Bride of the AntiChrist”!! How is it possible that a television station claiming to be “Christian” actually support and televise someone so obviously disturbed? I could only stand to watch for a few moments, but those few moments were enough to enrage me. I am aware that other so-called “men of God” in recent times have launched similar attacks on the Catholic Church (John Hagee comes to mind first) but I find it inexcusable that any station claiming to provide Christian broadcasting would include this kind of blatant, vindictive anti-Catholic programming.
Is it just me or should this anger every Christian, not just Catholics? Then what can we do, besides turn the station? How can we (or should we) make the Execs at Inspiration Network know this is unacceptable? If we do not hold them accountable, as well as those who speak these lies about the Church, are we not in essence also supporting them and their twisted views?
I would really like to get other opinions on this. Thanks for providing such a great forum.