Editorial Comments -
Fr. Cecilio Reyna of the Diocese of Lansing, describes Steve Steve Ray as a well known apologist and author who is a former fundamentalist. His intellectual honesty demanded a conversion to the Catholic faith. Steve is not only a Catholic scholar; he is also well versed in every argument opposed to the Catholic faith. He has extensive experience in the fundamentalist world and well versed in their literature, having once studied under Francis Schafer, a prominent Evangelical Theologian and Philosopher from Switzerland.
--Wally Arida, Publisher and Editor in Chief
Were Baptists right to leave the Catholic Church?
By Steve Ray (www.catholic-convert.com)
Fr. Reyna and Fr. McDonald are marvelous young priests serving north of Lansing in our diocese here in Michigan. Before I tell the story I have to make an observation: the people north of Lansing have been blessed beyond measure with such pastors! They should love and support and encourage these men without measure! They are blessed to have the kind of shepherds Jesus talks about in the Gospels.
Frs. Reyna and McDonald have large parishes in beautiful churches up in the farm country. Several of their people have left to become Baptists and other “flavors” of Protestantism. They all joined Protestant Bible studies or had a religious experience which convinced them the Catholic Church was wrong. Then they began attempting to pull others out of the church.
Last evening we had a meeting. The priests had received a letter from a gentleman named Dean (and I sincerely mean “gentleman” since he was polite and a pleasure to talk with) demanding answers to a series of questions directed against them. He was convinced that Catholic teaching and practice were wrong and unbiblical and it seemed he convinced a number of people to follow him.
I was invited to come out last evening to answer their questions -- or rather -- their charges and criticisms. There were about eight Catholics and about twenty Protestants—mostly Fundamentalists—one even referring to the ridiculous and thoroughly discredited “Trail of Blood” as his source and authority for understanding Church history.
As a whole they were a nice group of people but it did not take long to realize that their claim to be “Bible only” Christians was sincere, but very incorrect. They thought they followed the Bible alone but in reality they were steeped in traditions and teachings of Fundamentalism which does not allow them to read the Bible objectively. F
undamentalist tradition is like a pair of glasses through which everything is understood and colored -- including the Bible.