Christy Beth I think that the worse anti-catholic person I’ve come across is Jack Chick. www.chick.com. It’s pathetic. Basically, he claims that the catholic faith is nothing more than cleaned up pagan worship. He uses tracts and the like for evangelizing. You can buy these tracts, as well as books and comic books, through his web site. Or you can order his catalog. It’s all pretty sick. Maybe some of you can check out his stuff. You can read it online.
These people are so consumed by hate that they can’t see where they are. They don’t see the danger in what they are doing.
Indeed. I’ve read a few Chick tracts, and they make me sick. Not just the accusations, but the ignorance.
The religion that Jack Chick portrays as Catholic in his work is nowhere near what we know and love…it is a vile, low, evil thing that consumes souls. It’s as if he makes no effort whatsoever to understand the truth.
I realized that the best way to try to bring home our departed brethren is not to combat them, not to argue with them, but be reasonable. Prime example: It seems at times i’m far too argumentative when I know i’m going to have a hard discussion with someone, as I did with a teacher of mine. He’s a Baptist, and reasonably anti-Catholic. The conversation started inauspiciously, then became a heated debate, and ended with him degrading the logic of my arguments with some weird belief that the Holy Spirit inspired the Petros/Petra inconsistency when the Scriptures were written. That almost made me laugh, but that was the only satisfaction I could take away from that discussion–I had come no further to convincing him that the Catholic Church was the Church.
To contrast, I have a friend who is Methodist and is quite reasonable to talk to and quite enthralled with the book of Revelation. I told him of the book “The Lamb’s Supper” by Scott Hahn, and he seemed interested. I took that interest and the conversation continued very nicely, with a lot of misunderstanding removed. I explained some of the outward aspects of the Church, like Latin in worship and Marian devotion. Whether or not I will be able to convince him to convert, I don’t know. But the important thing is starting the idea of unity.
In short, the type of negativity and trash that Jack Chick makes his money off of will gain little ground in winning souls. But if we imitate Christ and seek to lovingly bring people to the Father, the seemingly far-off dream of unity in Christ may not be as far off as we think.