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50 Years in the Church of Rome

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Protestants in the Catholic Schools
Excerpt from Chapter 11

In the history of paganism parents often slew their children upon the altars of their gods to appease their wrath or obtain their favors. But we now see a stranger thing. It is Christian parents forcing their children into the temples and to the very feet of the idols of Rome, under the fallacious notion of having them educated! While the pagan parent destroyed only the temporal life of his child, the Christian parent, for the most part, destroys his eternal life. The pagan was consistent. He believed in the almighty power and holiness of his gods; he sincerely THOUGHT that they ruled the world, and that they blessed both the victims and those who offered them.

But where is the consistency of the Protestant who sacrifices his child on the altars of the pope! Does he believe in his holiness or in his supreme and infallible power? Then why does he not go and throw himself at his feet? The Protestants say, as an excuse, that the superiors of colleges and convents have assured them that their religious convictions would be respected, and that nothing should be said or done to take away or even shake the religion of their children.

Our first parents were no more cruelly deceived by the seductive words of the serpent than the Protestants are by the deceitful promises of the priests and nuns of Rome.

I myself witnessed this promise given by our superior to a father who was a judge in New York. Then a few days later that same superior said to me, "You know some English, and this young man knows French enough to understand each other. Try to become his friend and bring him over to our holy religion. His father is a most influential man in the United States and this only son is the heir of an immense fortune. Great results for the future of the Church in the U.S. might follow his conversion."

I replied, "Have you forgotten the promise you have made to his father, never to say or do anything to shake or take away the religion of that young man?"

My superior smiled at my simplicity, and said, "When you shall have studied theology you will know that Protestantism is not a religion, but that it is the negation of religion. Protesting cannot be the basis of any doctrine. Thus, when I promised Judge Pike that the religious convictions of his child should be respected, and that I would not do anything to change his faith, I promised the easiest thing in the world, since I promised not to meddle with a thing which has no existence."

Blinded by the reasoning of my superior, I set myself to work to make a good Roman Catholic of that young friend. I would probably have succeeded had not a serious illness forced him to return home.

Protestants who read this may be indignant against such deceit but your contempt should be upon your own selves. The superior, Mr. Leprohon was honest. He acted upon principle which he thought good and legitimate and would cheerfully have given his last drop of blood for them. The priest of Rome is not the traitor here. It is the Protestant who wishes to have his children educated by a Jesuit who is a man of no religion. Nothing is more ridiculous than to hear such a man begging respect for his religious principles! It was not the priest of Rome who was contemptible, dishonest and a traitor to his principles, but it was the Protestant who was false to his Gospel and to his won conscience by having his child educated by the servants of the pope.

When I was in the Church of Rome, we often spoke of the necessity of making superhuman efforts to attract young Protestants into our colleges and nunneries, as the shortest and only means of ruling the world before long. The priests of Rome themselves boast that more than half of the pupils of the nuns are the children of Protestants, and that seven-tenths of those Protestant children, sooner or later, become the firmest disciples and the true pillars of popery in the United States.

Chapter 16 - The Priests of Rome, the Holy Fathers, and Interpreting Scriptures

Chapter 17 - The Ceremony of the Mass

Chapter 60 - Chiniquy's Salvation