Catholic Concerns: Where Does the Road to Rome Lead?
By Mary Ann Collins
IUniverse, 2008, 272 pages
If you browse through a Christian bookstore these days, there’s an excellent chance you won’t see any critical examinations of Roman Catholicism on the shelves. Why not? The ecumenism that’s rampant today is intolerant of anyone who is so “uncharitable” as to suggest that Rome teaches a different gospel.
Occasionally, I stumble upon a book that’s available as a free PDF download, like “Catholic Concerns” by Mary Ann Collins. Ms. Collins was a secular humanist who eventually converted to Catholicism and spent two years as a postulant and novice nun. Advised by her religious “superiors” that religious life wasn’t for her, she left the convent, began attending Protestant services, and eventually accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior by faith alone.
Between 2003 and 2010, Collins self-published eight books on Roman Catholicism and maintained a website, CatholicConcerns.com (no longer functioning).
“Catholic Concerns” is a very good overview of the differences between Roman Catholicism and Biblical Christianity from a “layperson’s” perspective. Collins is not a theologian or an academic, just a born-again believer in Christ who has a sincere heart for lost Catholic souls. The writing is unpolished to a degree and the material begs for professional editing, but every Roman Catholic and evangelical would greatly benefit by reading this book. This isn’t an angry and hateful harangue against Catholicism from a bitter ex-member, but a loving invitation to Catholics to “Come, see a Man” (John 4:29).
- Competing Worldviews
- Mixing Catholicism with Non-Christian Religions
- Mary Worship
- The Eucharist (Catholic Communion)
- Wide Variety in Catholic Beliefs
- Who Gave Us the Bible?
- Was Peter the Pope?
- Invalid Popes
- Reflections on Unpleasant History
- The Birth of the Roman Catholic Church
- Faith versus Works
- The Good Thief
- Faith Under Fire
- Appendices A-G
To access a free PDF of “Catholic Concerns” see here.
I usually prefer to read hard copy if I can, so I printed out the PDF double-sided and had it spiral bound at Staples for $6.00.
Enjoy and be blessed!