Forty Anti-Catholic Lies

A Mythbusting Apologist Sets the Record Straight

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Tired of being stumped when false claims are made about the Catholic Church? Want to be armed with knowledge that puts these mistruths to rest?

In these pages, veteran apologist Gerard Verschuuren provides thorough yet concise answers to forty of the most common — and absurd — lies about the Catholic Church. 

With precision and charity, you'll soon be able to defend the Church when you're told that Catholics . . .

  • Still live in the Dark Ages
  • Reject modern ideas of justice
  • Oppress women
  • Oppose free speech
  • Killed thousands during the Inquisition
  • Take orders from the pope
  • Reject science
  • Worship statues and the Virgin Mary
  • Added books to the Bible
  • Invented purgatory
  • Wrongly call priests “father”
  • Celebrate pagan holidays
  • Helped Hitler seize power
  • And so much more!

Relying on historical works and official Church documents, Vershuuren authoritatively proves that these and many other claims are simply caricatures or outright misrepresentations of the real beliefs of Catholics.

Read this book and you'll be armed with the knowledge and confidence you need to defend the Catholic Church from those who wrongly disparage her teachings. Better yet, you'll be equipped to proclaim the soul-saving truth of our Faith.

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"I thank Dr. 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
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"Seeing the myths stated and explained serves both for clarity and truth."

James V. Schall, S. J.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Government, Georgetown University
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"Dr. 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
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"Easy to read, it is a comprehensive, and authoritative, volume, one that sets the record straight."

Dr. Bill Donohue
President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
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  • ISBN: 978-1-622825-240
  • Product Code: 5240
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  • Publication Date: May 16, 2018
  • Categories: Apologetics, By Title, eBooks
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Sending lies back to hell, where they belong
Forty Anti-Catholic Lies by Gerard Verschuuren tells the truth about the Catholic Church clearly and concisely. This book has many good insights. Here are three short excerpts, followed by comment in parentheses: God: The only rational answer to why the universe is so rational, orderly, and moral seems to be that there is indeed an intelligent, rational, orderly, lawgiving Creator God who made this universe the way it is. In this case, belief in a Creator God is more or less like “connecting the dot” – although some may connect the dots differently, and others may connect different dots. But the fact remains that belief in God makes the world much more understandable. C. S. Lewis beautifully summarized this: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Epistemology: Reason is the deciding factor in determining which claims are true. Religious beliefs that are against reason cannot be true; religious faith that is not open to reason cannot be true; religions that are irrational and incoherent cannot be true. In fact, reason is the criterion to judge which religion is true. [Note that reason also is the criterion for deciding whether other methods of determining truth are indeed true. For example, reason must judge beliefs that come from intuition, emotions, the imagination, direct experience and testimony to determine if they are reasonable. And note that reason uses reason, truth, goodness, beauty, coherence with other known beliefs, and whether a belief is livable when judging what is true.] Epistemology: The Catholic conception of “faith and reason” is quite radical. What we know through reason can never be in conflict with what we know through faith, and what we know through faith can never be in violation of what we know through reasoning. We should be faithful in our reasoning and reasonable in our faith. We cannot live by faith alone or by reason alone, but only by a harmonious combination of faith and reason. Sometimes we need understanding before we can believe; at other times we need faith before we can understand. Faith tells us more than we could know by reason alone, so we need to become “faithful” in our reasoning. On the other hand, reason tells us more than we could know by faith alone, so we need to become “reasonable” in our faith. [Note that we cannot live by faith alone, nor by reason alone, but instead we need both reasonable faith and faithful reason.] Truth is the highest value, because you can’t know other values until you know what’s real, and this outstanding book gives you the truth.
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A great evangelization tool
A must for all Catholics to read. Knowing these myths will help tremendously in explaining the Catholic Faith to whoever makes enquiries.
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Educational for a Non Catholic
I’m not a Catholic but I saw a lady reading this on a plane once, and it looked interesting. I like the history that is presented, and I feel like I understand Catholicism better as well as the break in the church and the rise of Protestantism. I don’t buy ALL of this guy's premises for all of his arguments, but as a Christian, I do like most of what he has to say.
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A very excellent go-to book!
Very well prepared. Any Catholic can use this book to defend his/her faith from common misconceptions, especially about Catholic theology.
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Good points but weak arguments
The author makes good points, however his arguments are weak. To a practicing Catholic his points are good but as an apologist towards other faiths that is where his points grow weak. The rebuttal of the argument would end up nullifying the points that he is trying to make.
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