Forty Anti-Catholic Lies
A Mythbusting Apologist Sets the Record Straight

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Summary

How often do we say to our children, to friends, to colleagues, and anyone who needs to hear it: “Know your math”? Why should we not say the same about religious faith: “Know your faith”? If you are Catholic, you should know your Catholic faith. If you are not a Catholic but have an opinion about the Catholic faith, you should know what their faith is so you do not spread disinformation about what they believe.
Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation in our culture about Catholicism. It has been spreading through books, newspapers, television, the internet, and other mass media. Some say it is fabricated information based on an anti-religion bias, more in specific an anti-Catholic prejudice. Whatever the underlying motive is, there is definitely a propaganda war going on sponsored by some kind of smear campaign against the Catholic Church.

Nowadays anti-Catholic rhetoric is often disguised. Many “liberals” and “progressives” do not oppose Catholics because they are Catholics—that could be taken as discriminatory—but because Catholics are believed to have certain beliefs “out of line” with mainstream thinking. However, those beliefs are often caricatures that are misrepresentations of the real beliefs Catholics hold.
What do Catholics really believe? Asking any Catholic is not always the best way to find out, for some Catholics may not even know the finer details of their own faith, or they have already been affected by the misinformation that keeps bombarding all of us. As Albert Einstein put it, “It is easier to split atoms than prejudices.” So we need to delve a bit deeper than just scratching the surface.


Table of Contents
 


I.	TABLE OF CONTENTS
II.	PREFACE
III.	CATHOLICISM AND THE BIBLE
	1. CATHOLICS ARE FORBIDDEN TO READ THE BIBLE
	2. CATHOLICS ADDED BOOKS TO THE BIBLE
	3. CATHOLICS THINK THE BIBLE IS NOT ENOUGH
	4. CATHOLICS MANIPULATED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
	5. CATHOLICS INVENTED NEW SACRAMENTS
	6. CATHOLICS INVENTED PURGATORY
IV.	CATHOLICISM AND ITS CONTROVERSIES
	7. CATHOLICS ARE LED BY THE ANTICHRIST
	8. CATHOLICS THINK SALVATION CAN BE EARNED
	9. CATHOLICS INVENTED PRIESTS
	10. CATHOLICS REVERE THEIR PRIESTS
	11. CATHOLICS HAVE AN EASY WAY OUT
V.	CATHOLICISM AND ITS UNIQUENESS
	12. CATHOLICS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS
	13  CATHOLICS VENERATE MARY AS A GODDESS 
	14. CATHOLICS VENERATE STATUES
	15. CATHOLICS FOSTER RITUALS
	16. CATHOLICS WALLOW IN CHRIST’S PASSION
	17. CATHOLICS CONSUME JESUS’ BODY AND BLOOD
	18. CATHOLICS ARE REQUIRED TO BELIEVE IN APPARITIONS
VI.	CATHOLICISM AND OTHER RELIGIONS
	19. CATHOLICS THINK HEAVEN IS ONLY FOR THEM
	20. CATHOLICS CLAIM TO OWN THE TRUTH
	21. CATHOLICS TAKE ORDERS FROM THE POPE

VII.	CATHOLICISM AND ITS HISTORY
	22. CATHOLICS CELEBRATE PAGAN HOLYDAYS
	23. CATHOLICS ARE CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAM
	24. CATHOLICS KILLED MILLIONS DURING THE INQUISITION
	25. CATHOLICS HELPED ESTABLISH NAZISM
	26. CATHOLICS WERE TOLD TO IGNORE THE HOLOCAUST
VIII.	CATHOLICISM AND SCIENCE
	27. CATHOLICS DON’T USE THEIR HEADS
	28. CATHOLICS STILL LIVE IN THE DARK AGES
	29. CATHOLICS BELIEVE IN DOUBLE TRUTH
	30. CATHOLICS HAVE HELD SCIENCE BACK
	31. CATHOLICS LOST THE CASE AGAINST GALILEO
	32. CATHOLICS ARE TROUBLED BY THE BIG BANG
	33. CATHOLICS BELIEVE IN A 6-DAY CREATION
	34. CATHOLICS MAKE GOD A MAGICIAN
IX.	CATHOLICISM AND SOCIETY
	35. CATHOLICS REJECT MODERN IDEAS
	36. CATHOLICS ARE AGAINST FREE-SPEECH
	37. CATHOLICS ARE AGAINST WOMEN
	38. CATHOLICS IMPOSE THEIR OWN SHARIA LAW
	39. CATHOLICS USE RELIGION TO DISCRIMINATE
	40. CATHOLICS ARE HIGHLY SELECTIVE IN MORALITY
X.	INDEX


Reviews
 


We should thank Dr. Gerard Verschuuren for taking on a very worthwhile challenge. Catholic apologetics is something lacking, yet very much needed in our culture. The teachings of the Church are becoming increasingly counter-cultural and thus need constant defending and clarifying. This presents a challenge to bishops and priests, who cannot alone meet this monumental task.
So I thank Gerard Verschuuren for lending such a great support to this necessary and important effort!

Most Rev. William E. Lori
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

Though there are probably more than forty anti-Catholic myths, at least a thorough consideration of forty of the most dangerous and often silly ones is most needed. This is what Gerard Verschuuren has provided in this useful book. Catholics have always wanted to know how their faith is deliberately or out of ignorance understood. Seeing the myths stated and explained serves both for clarity and truth.

James V. Schall, S. J.
Professor Emeritus Department of Government
Georgetown University

Catholics engaged in frontline apologetics will find Forty Lies about Catholicism a helpful tool for correcting common misperceptions about the Church widely held by non-Catholics and even some Catholics. Gerard Verschuuren's intelligent explanations are models of clear thinking and clear expression that make a valuable contribution to the important task of setting the record straight.

Russell Shaw
Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Adjunct professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome
Former Secretary for Public Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/US Catholic Conference

Gerard Verschuuren's Forty Anti-Catholic Lies debunks a wide range of nonsense about Catholicism, ranging from the sacraments to the historical. Easy to read, it is a comprehensive, and authoritative, volume, one that sets the record straight. Read it and enjoy!

Dr. Bill Donohue
President Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


"[T]he surprising thing about Verschuuren in this instance is that he can move so effortlessly into doing good, old-fashioned, incontrovertible apologetics. In this book he touches on the most common misunderstandings of Catholicism that are constantly used to attack the Church by both old-school Protestants and today’s culture-bound victims of superioritis."

Dr. Jeff Mirus in Catholic Culture, Jul 03, 2018


"He doesn’t shy away from hard topics like the inquisition and papal infallibility... every chapter contains myth-busting gold... you need to put Forty Anti-Catholic Lies: A Mythbusting Apologist Sets the Record Straight on your reading list."

Chloe Langr on epicPew, June, 2018


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