Catholic radio priest repeatedly refers to “mindless backwater Baptists”

Friends, it’s time for a little deprecating levity…

Yesterday, I listened to the 2/5/18 podcast of “The Catholic Connection” talk radio show featuring moderator, Jim Havens, and priest-host, David Nix, as they discussed the topic, “Do Catholics Read the Bible Literally?”

Traditionalist priest Nix decried the fact that many Catholic clerics and laypersons do not hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible; that many believe the miracles of the Old Testament (and perhaps even some of the miracles in the New Testament) are mythical stories designed only to teach a moral or spiritual lesson.

Nix then argued for an hour for a literal understanding of the Bible when a literal understanding is called for. Peppered throughout his presentation was his argument that Catholics could embrace Biblical literalism without checking their intellect at the door, unlike “mindless backwater Baptists.” Huh? “Mindless backwater Baptists”? Yes, that is the exact phrase priest Nix used several times in his presentation.

So, when Catholics like Nix embrace the words of Scripture literally, they can do so with intellectual integrity, but Baptists are evidently “mindless” and incapable of such.

Now, I don’t take any personal offense to Nix referring to rural or even urban Baptists as “mindless.” To my way of thinking, it’s always refreshing to hear Catholic clergy take off the namby-pamby ecumenical gloves and communicate with honesty. I’m actually glad Nix reads the Bible and advises his fellow Catholics to read it (most don’t) and trust in it as the Word of God. Perhaps when they read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will also enlighten them to the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and free them from the legalistic chains and ritualism of Roman Catholicism.

“An enraged Pope Paul V, in 1606, told the Venetian ambassador, ‘Do you not know that so much reading of Scripture ruins the Catholic religion?’” – from “The Reformation: A History” by Diarmaid MacCulloch, 1972, pp. 393-394, quoting “La Bibbia Al Rogo: la censura ecclesiastica e i volgarizzamenti della Scrittura (1471-1605),” by Gigliola Fragnito

“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthian 1:26-31

30 thoughts on “Catholic radio priest repeatedly refers to “mindless backwater Baptists”

  1. So many “masses” I sat and listened to the priest (s) talk about himself (themselves) and talk about other people and their “take” on things during “their” homily. Not even considering our Saviour…even after the gospel was just read!
    I really wished you could have heard what I had to to listen to at my Dad in laws service! I even had to sit and listen to that priests beliefs 😦
    Again, I am happy the Good Lord led me to go just so I could be reminded just how lost that religion is and that prayer can never end for those that are being led into a ditch! There WILL be more brought out before The Lord decides it’s time to end it all ❤ HE IS GOOD LIKE THAT AND WANTS NO ONE TO PERISH! He said so!
    John 3:16-17

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Many come out of RCism and accept Christ on a daily basis, praise God, no thanks to ecumenical evangelical ministers. I imagine the priest’s Christ-less homily was salt on the wound for you at the time. I listen to Christ-less Catholic talk radio for one hour every day. I definitely would NOT recommend that to anyone else, but I use it as a tool to keep me sharp and as source material for the blog.

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      1. It’s a deal. I’ll try to contact Alex Trebek tomorrow and get us lined up. On second thought, that’s a pretty tall order for a mindless Baptist like myself! I’ll see if it I can find a Presbyterian to help me out. If us mindless suburban Baptists win, you mindless backwater Baptists will have to treat us to The Flying Fish!

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    1. Priest Nix advertises himself as a wise Boston College pre-med grad who has a pretty good grasp of the Bible, but he parades around the oyster shell and completely misses the pearl. The Lord hides His salvation from the worldly wise.

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    1. Oh, I got quite a chuckle out of hearing the priest badmouthing Baptists! If a traditionalist RC priest like Nix spoke highly of a group, THAT would be the group to avoid.

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