PopeWatch: A Baptist Church to Remove Bible Because It’s “Too Catholic”

PopeWatch: A Baptist Church to Remove Bible Because It’s “Too Catholic”

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In this 2007 file photo, Bert Baker, an amateur artist, had recently finished a 7-foot-tall sculpture of Christ at Red Bank Baptist Church. Credit: Gerry Melendez/The State Newspaper, Columbia, SC.


From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

Congregants of a Baptist church in South Carolina yesterday unanimously voted to remove all bibles from their church because many believe it’s too “Catholic” for their place of worship.

In a letter written to his congregation, Pastor Don Ringle said the bibles would be removed this week.

“We have discovered that there are people that view the bible as Catholic in nature,” Ringle wrote, going on to say that the bible was beginning to bring into question “the theology and core values of the church.”

“I’ve tried for years to remove certain passages from the bible, telling people to tear out this book and that, this chapter and that, until we were basically left with a pamphlet. After some consideration and dialogue with my congregants, as well as prayer, we decided the whole bible that was left to us still smelled a little too papist.”

The letter also stated that Catholic churches around the South Carolina area had until Friday to pick up the bibles if they wanted to keep them, and that if not, they would be destroyed.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in the area thanked Ringle, but said that they have no use for abridged versions of the bible.


PopeWatch has been unable to confirm that in response the Pontifical Council on Interreligious Dialogue is contemplating a statement of concern that the Bible is un-ecumenical.

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2 comments on “PopeWatch: A Baptist Church to Remove Bible Because It’s “Too Catholic”

  1. Quite a bit of Catholic teaching comes from the New Testament. Catholics also believe in the Holy Ghost and practice…gasp….the sacrament of Baptism. If you spend a lot of time around Catholics – and I have been a Catholic my entire life – you find that they talk quite a bit about Jesus and even pray to him, honoring him on the cross and at Mass, in devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, etc. “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us.” You could say that without this Jesus guy, Catholics would be up the creek. So….

  2. Since, ultimately, Brave “New Church” is geneologically the descendent of those madcap Wycliffians and Hussites, who begat Martin the Constipated, Zwingli, et al, it could be narrowly argued that many “Neo-Kathlyx” today are kissin’ cousins of “Bawwwn Agin” Good Book-thumpin’ moonshiners and ridge runners. This sociological peculiarity seems prevalent among Charismaniacs.
    But then, maybe that’s just me… 😎

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