CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- Introduction
Who is Jack Chick? Can you trust his publications on Roman Catholicism?
CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- Who is Jack Chick?
Jack Chick is an artist who is best known for publishing comic-book-style Bible tracts. He’s the man behind Chick Publications, which is plagued by a chronic tendency to sensationalize facts. And when it comes to the topic of Roman Catholicism it’s difficult to find anything more outrageous than “Chick material.”
CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- No One Innocent
Now, CRI doesn’t deny that the Catholic church has its share of serious problems; this is true both theologically and ethically. Even Catholics recognize that their church does not have an unblemished history. But in all fairness, we need to realize that Protestants are guilty as well.
CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- Alberto Rivera
The trouble with Chick Publications is that they blame the Catholic church for just about all the problems of the world — past, present, and even future! Spearheading the assault is the dubious Alberto Rivera, a self-proclaimed former Jesuit agent who was supposedly assigned to secretly infiltrate and destroy Protestant churches and seminaries. Well, it is through Rivera’s so-called inside information that “Chick readers” are given a look at the Catholic church’s alleged inner workings.
CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- It’s All the Jesuits’ Fault
Rivera claims that the Catholic church, through the Jesuit order, is secretly plotting to subvert the world. He says that practically all the political, economic, social, and even religious problems are the handiwork of undercover Jesuits. According to Rivera, the Jesuits were the masterminds behind Lincoln’s assassination, the Ku Klux Klan, World War I, the Mafia, international banking, Communism, Nazism, the Vietnam War, the New Age movement, the cults, and of course, yours truly, CRI! Nothing is left unscathed.
CHICK PUBLICATIONS AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM- Conclusion
Now, there are legitimate problems within Catholicism, and they need to be corrected. However, throwing around ridiculous accusations only demonstrates a true lack of discernment and biblical responsibility. Although there may be some value in their materials, on the whole we feel that Chick Publications does more harm than good. Because of its lack of scholarship and, more importantly, Christian sympathy we can only conclude that Chick Publications promotes what can only be called “Comic-book theology”, something Christians ought to definitely avoid.On Chick Publications and Roman Catholicism, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.