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Fifty Years in the Church of Rome

Fifty Years in the Church of Rome

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Fifty Years in the Church
of Rome
By CHARLES CHINIQUY
The life story of Charles Chiniquy, who was a priest
in the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years.
Charles Chiniquy
1809-1899
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"Charles Chiniquy(1809-1899) a Canadian Presbyterian convert

from Roman Catholicism, born at Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada of
Roman Catholic parents, and studied at the college of Nicolet,
Canada, professor of belles-lettres there after graduation until 1833.
in 1833 ordained a Roman Catholic priest, and until 1846 was vicar
and curate in the province of Quebec where he established the first
temperance society, winning the title "Apostle of Temperance of
Canada." In 1851 established an extensive Roman Catholic colony
at Kankakee, Illinois. In 1858 left the church of Rome and joined the
Canadian Presbyterian Church taking his congregation at Kankakee
with him. Lectured in England and in Australia (1878-1882).
Published a number of books and tracts on temperance and anti-
Romanism, some of which became very popular and were
translated into several languages." (From "The Wycliffe Biographical
Dictionary of the Church," page 90, Elgin S. Moyer, 1982, \u00a9Moody
Press, Chicago, IL)

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Table of Contents
Chapter 1The Bible and the Priest of Rome
Chapter 2My First Schooldays at St. Thomas- The Monk
and Celibacy

Chapter 3The Confession of Children
Chapter 4The Shepherd Whipped by His Sheep
Chapter 5The Priest, Purgatory, and the Poor Widow's Cow
Chapter 6Festivities in a Parsonage

Chapter 7Preparation for the First Communion- Initiation to
Idolatry
Chapter 8The First Communion
Chapter 9Intellectual Education in the Roman Catholic
College
Chapter 10Moral and Religious Instruction in the Roman
Catholic Colleges
Chapter 11Protestant Children in the Convents and Nunneries
of Rome
Chapter 12

Rome and Education- Why does the Church of
Rome hate the Common Schools of the United
States, and want to destroy them?-
Why does she object to the reading of the Bible in
the Schools?

Chapter 13Theology of the Church of Rome: its Anti-
Christian Character

Chapter 14The Vow of Celibacy
Chapter 15The Impurities of the Theology of Rome
Chapter 16The Priests of Rome and the Holy Fathers; or, how

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I Swore to give up the Word of God to follow the
Word of Men
Chapter 17The Roman Catholic Priesthood, or Ancient and
Modern Idolatry
Chapter 18

Nine Consequences of the Dogma of
Transubstantiation- The Old Paganism under a
Christian Name

Chapter 19Vicarage, and Life at St. Charles, Rivierre Boyer
Chapter 20Papineau and the Patriots in 1833- The Burning of
"Le Canadien" by the Curate of St. Charles
Chapter 21Grand Dinner of the Priests- The Maniac Sister of
Rev. Mr. Perras
Chapter 22

I am appointed Vicar of the Curate of
Charlesbourgh- The Piety, Lives and Deaths of
Fathers Bedard and Perras

Chapter 23

The Cholera Morbus of 1834- Admirable Courage and Self-Denial of the Priests of Rome during the Epidemic

Chapter 24
I am named a Vicar of St. Roch, Quebec City- The
Rev. Mr. Tetu- Tertullian- General Cargo- The
Seal Skins
Chapter 25

Simony- Strange and Sacrilegious Traffic in the
S0-called Body and Blood of Christ- Enormous
Sums of Money made by the Sale of Masses- The
Society of Three Masses abolished, and the
Society of One Mass established

Chapter 26Continuation of the Trade in Masses
Chapter 27

Quebec Marine Hospital- The First Time I carried
the "Bon Dieu" (the wafer god) in my Vest
Pocket- The Grand Oyster Soiree at Mr. Buteau's-
The Rev. L. Parent and the "Bon Dieu" at the
Oyster Soiree

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Chapter 28

Dr. Douglas- My first Lesson on Temperance-
Study of Anatomy- Working of Alcohol in the
Human Frame- The Murderess of Her Own Child-
I for ever give up the use of Intoxicating Drinks

Chapter 29

Conversions of Protestants to the Church of
Rome- Rev. Anthony Parent, Superior of the
Seminary of Quebec; His peculiar way of finding
access to the Protestants and bringing them to the
Catholic Church- How he spies the Protestants
through the Confessional- I persuade Ninety-three
Families to become Catholics

Chapter 30

The Murders and Thefts in Quebec from 1835 to
1836- The Night Excursion with Two Thieves-
The Restitution- The Dawn of Light

Chapter 31

Chambers and his Accomplices Condemned to
Death- Asked me to Prepare them for their
Terrible Fate- A Week in their Dungeon- Their
Sentence of Death changed into Deportation to
Botany Bay- Their Departure of Exile- I meet one
of them a Sincere Convert, very rich, in a high and
honourable position in Australia, in 1878

Chapter 32

The Miracles of Rome- Attack of Typhoid Fever-
Apparition of St. Anne and St. Philomene- My
Sudden Cure- The Curate of St. Anne du Nord,
Mons. Ranvoize, almost a disguised Protestant

Chapter 33

My Nomination as Curate of Beauport-
Degradation and Ruin of that Place through
Drunkenness- My Opposition to my Nomination
useless- Preparation to Establish a Temperance
Society- I write to Father Mathew for advice

Chapter 34The Hand of God in the Establishment of a
Temperance Society in Beauport and Vicinity
Chapter 35Foundation of Temperance Societies in the
Neighbouring Parishes- Providential Arrival of
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Monsignor De Forbin Janson, Bishop of Nancy-
He Publicly Defends Me against the Bishop of
Quebec and for ever Breaks the Opposition of the
Clergy

Chapter 36The God of Rome Eaten by Rats
Chapter 37Visit of a Protestant Stranger- He Throws an
Arrow into my Priestly Soul never to be taken out
Chapter 38

Erection of the Column of Temperance- School
Buildings- A noble and touching act of the People
of Beauport

Chapter 39

Sent to succeed Rev. Mr. Varin, Curate of
Kamouraska- Stern Opposition of that Curate and
the surrounding Priests and People- Hours of
Desolation in Kamouraska- The Good Master
allays the Tempest and bids the Waves be still

Chapter 40

Organization of Temperance Societies in
Kamouraska and surrounding Country- The Girl in
the Garb of a Man in the Service of the Curates of
Quebec and Eboulements- Frightened by the
Scandals seen everywhere- Give up my Parish of
Kamouraska to join the "Oblates of Mary
Immaculate of Longueuil"

Chapter 41

Perversion of Dr. Newman to the Church of Rome
in the light of his own Explanations, Common
Sense and the Word of God

Chapter 42

Noviciate in the Monastery of the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate of Longueuil- Some of the Thousand
Acts of Folly and Idolatry which form the Life of
a Monk- The Deplorable Fall of one of the
Fathers- Fall of the Grand Vicar Quiblier- Sick in
the Hotel Dieu of Montreal- Sister Urtubise: what
she says of Maria Monk- The Two Missionaries to
the Lumber Men- Fall and Punishment of a Father
Oblate- What one of the best Father Oblates thinks

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