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RICHARD BENNETT, a former Roman Catholic priest for over 20 years who is now a theologically Reformed Christian apologist, author and popular conference speaker, will address the theme: "VATICAN CONTROL THROUGH CIVIL LAW".
According to Richard Bennett: "Control of civil law and law among European nations is what the Catholic Church thrived on through the Dark and the Middle Ages. This control was the primary underpinning of her power during the six hundred years of the Inquisition and in the growth of her religious power system generally throughout the centuries. Her ability to grow in strength and numbers is always in proportion to her legal agreements with any nation. In the nations where she has legal concordats with the civil governments, she succeeds both in holding down the Gospel and in simultaneously furthering her position as keeper of the ubiquitous, highly sensuous, and most effective sacramental system known to modern man."
Bennett believes things have changed only slightly. He states that the Vatican continues to exercise control by civil law. He has just returned from London where he met Jan Sichula and Ivan Hlavanda from Slovakia. They spoke to him about the effects of a civil agreement the Vatican and Slovakia has had since the year 2,000. Bennett's ministry, Berean Beacon, made a DVD on this situation as more and more pressure is brought to bear on Christians in Slovakia through Slovakian civil law.
Richard Bennett hails from Ireland, where he was trained by Jesuits in his early years. He then received eight years of theological instruction and preparation for the priesthood with the Dominicans, completing his education at the Angelicum University in Rome in 1964. He spent twenty-one years as a Roman Catholic parish priest in Trinidad W. I. He had, therefore, the best of academic training in things Catholic, plus twenty-one years of being a parish priest applying Catholic teachings to everyday life. After a serious accident in 1972, in which he nearly lost his life, he began to study seriously the Bible. After fourteen years of contrasting Catholicism to Biblical truth, he was convicted by the Gospel message in 1986. He was then saved by God’s grace alone, and formally left the Roman Catholic Church and its priesthood. He has founded an evangelistic ministry to Catholics called “Berean Beacon” (http://www.bereanbeacon.org/).