produced in comic form by Chick Publications in cooperation
with Dr. Alberto M. R. Rivera (viz.: ALBERTO, DOUBLE-CROSS,
THE GODFATHERS, SABOTAGE, THE BIG BETRAYAL, and more
recently, THE FORCE) have excited angry responses from the
Roman Catholic hierarchy across this continent. The said
publications have been called hate propaganda, and demands
have been made that they be banned. These are familiar
demands, used for generations against those who have dared
to expose and oppose the false claims, doctrines and
practices of Roman Catholicism.
have been described by papal representatives (as well as by
those duped by Jesuit propaganda) as 'absurd, bigoted, a
comedy of errors, condemning out of hatred, dangerous to the
cause of Christ, disgusting, distortion of truth, evil
spirit inspired, false, filthy, hatred, hogwash, lewd, lies,
malicious, playing fast and loose with truth, Satan
possessed, shameful, spiritual pornography, trash,
stupidity, ugly,' as well as 'working for the Devil and not
Jesus, immoral and indecent!'
bookstores have been coaxed, awed and threatened into
discontinuing sales of the Crusaders series, and every other
piece of material published by Chick - even its Gospel
"At the head
office of the Canadian Protestant League, we have attracted
a little more than our share of attention, innuendo and
threat by legal and other means. (We only started to handle
the material when we became aware of the aggressive campaign
to remove it from the scene.) Two of the books were banned
from entry into Canada on instructions by a Director of
Canada Customs and Excise on the grounds of 'immorality and
indecency.' We challenged that outrageous action in Court
and the order was rescinded.
been made in other areas to deny the use of the Post Offices
to those who continued to send the material through the
mails. We were warned that a report to the R.C.M.P. was
being made against us.
threatened by the appointment of a study committee,
responsible to the Attorney-General of Ontario, at the
urging of the office of the R.C. Archbishop of Toronto, to
determine whether ALBERTO and DOUBLE-CROSS should be
designated as 'Hate Literature,' and appropriate charges
laid. We have been visited by two inspectors of Metropolitan
Toronto Police, enquiring about our involvement, and
speaking of the possibility of action against us.
"We made no
effort to hide any of our activity, but admitted freely that
we were selling the items they were asking about. We
repeated to them what we had told others: we would welcome a
charge being laid against us under the Hate Propaganda
Section of Canada's criminal code.
that when any pressure group can successfully intimidate all
Christian booksellers across Canada into refraining to sell
certain literature because it is OFFENSIVE to some, then
surely someone ought to be ready to focus attention on such
a threat to faith and freedom in this land of ours.
prepared to take that action.
"We have been
reminded of the possibility of a $6,000.00 fine or a two
year prison sentence. We have insisted, if and when this
should take place, that no one will pay the fine! Perhaps
this will arouse apathetic Canadians - and apathetic
expect Roman Catholics (feeling their own institutions were
assailed) to rally every effort to offset the most
effective, fruitful harvest the said literature is able to
report, but the more tragic form of attack from those who
glory in the label of 'evangelical Christians' makes sad
Reader, Cornerstone and Our Sunday Visitor, published an
article authored by Gary Metz entitled, 'The Uncomical
Alberto Rivera,' a prominent article in Christianity Today.
recently, an effort by Brian Onken in Forward, the official
organ of Christian Research Institute, appeared under the
title, 'Alberto: The Truth About His Story.' In this
'study,' Dr. Rivera, the converted Jesuit priest, is
represented as being a dishonest fraud. Areas are named in
the United States wherein Alberto was allegedly being sought
demand a response from those who are jealous in contending
for the faith and to conserve our freedom. Concerned
Christians wish to hear answers to several questions:
Chick a totally irresponsible publisher?
Rivera the lying sensationalist he is caricatured as being?
truly God's instrument for our day to bring about the
longed-for reawakening among duped Roman Catholics, so that
they can be truly won to Jesus Christ as Lord, Saviour,
Mediator and Advocate; to the Bible as the Word of God,
authoritative, free from error, inspired, and reliable to
judge all other authorities; and directing people to come
out of an organization that is anti-Christian?
terrible abuse and attack upon these two brethren?
someone not followed up on some of the charges made? Can we
not analyze the charges? Can we not forensically analyze the
"Will the men
and magazines, hailed by many as authoritative in the field
of evangelism, allow us to examine their charges? We want to
know if they have a case at all!
charges can be logically and evidentially supported, so that
we must see Dr. Rivera as guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,
then we must re-examine our own position and alter our
stance of supporting Chick and Rivera.
"Now - what
is contained in the expose, coming to us in these articles?
Alas, they are being accepted by those who have never taken
the trouble to thoughtfully and thoroughly investigate the
charges against the brethren.
criticisms dependent upon hearsay evidence, rumour, reported
information, charges of fraud, usually reliable sources,
deception, controversy, disturbance, questioned reliability,
untruths, continual lying, defiance, contradictory testimony
and ingenuity in attempts to validate his own story? This is
the sort of language of those who sit in judgment upon Dr.
"Can it be
that the wish is the parent of the thought? Do these
accusers want the stories to be true? These are the
questions calling for definitely stated answers; and that is
what we are seeking.
magazines - upon which so many people rely - make statements
concerning Dr. Rivera with no presentation of supportive
evidence. This is so obvious, it is difficult to assess the
writings accusing the man.
we are sitting in a Court of Law and serious charges are
laid against Alberto Rivera. The Prosecution does its utmost
presenting its charges and its testimony supporting those
Attorney, if he considers that evidence weak, will move that
no case has been established, and ask the Magistrate to
dismiss the charges. Should the Judge agree, the Accused is
released. He is assumed to be innocent!
"We want to
observe the charges, and consider how well those making the
charges substantiate them. Should they not be properly
supported in the presentations, then we ask that they be
dismissed, and that apologies be made to the brethren
charged. The Bible tells us as Christians:
to no man, neither accuse any falsely. Prove all things,
hold fast that which is good. Against an elder receive not
an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. In the
mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be
critics read Alberto's outline of the Basic Steps followed
by the Roman Hierarchy to discredit and destroy any who left
their ranks? Did they endeavour to expose Romanism's errors
and evil practices? Did they insist that Jesuitism is not,
by any means Christian?
defence against what he describes as slanders levelled by
friend and foe alike, Rivera calls attention
to...unchristian and anti-biblical charges and accusations
by the head of the Christian Research Center (which
carefully avoids research into the crimes and massacres of
the Roman Catholic institution) through the instrumentality
of articles appearing in...Cornerstone and Christianity
decent person, even a non-Christian, will recognize the
validity and credibility of Dr. Rivera as a Roman Catholic
priest! Why have these critics consistently attacked Alberto
Rivera instead of the doctrines he espouses and proclaims?
says: Alberto says he worked with notable Jesuit spies such
as Kathryn Kuhlman and Jim Jones; yet nowhere and at no time
has Rivera said he had worked with either one!
tell us that the story of Alberto was banned by the
Christian Reformed Church, Zondervan Publishers and The
Southern Baptist Sunday School Board; yet failed to admit
that many of the congregations associated with these three
bodies continue to sell the Crusaders Comics in question.
failed to ask the Roman Catholic hierarchy why they were
upset because the articles were true, for because of them
thousands of former Roman Catholics had found Jesus Christ
as Lord and Saviour, and were coming out of Rome's religion.
should a priest on an Indian Reservation in New Brunswick
order a faith missionary to stay off the Reserve, if it were
not that many young native adults were reading of Alberto
through the comics and were coming to Christ? This has been
true in Western Canada and in some places in Ontario.
"Why did not
the critics ask the representatives of the Roman Church why
these demands they currently make to ban from entry, etc.,
unless it is for fear of an acceleration of many of their
people in this exodus from Rome?
specifically, are the mentioned publishers trying to abolish
the ALBERTO series from all of their outlets? Have they been
asked? Have they been asked whether the local Roman Church
representatives have not appealed for this because they are
offensive to them? (This was the reason given by the office
of the Toronto R.C. Archbishop.) We are told by the critics:
Our investigation reveals (Rivera's) police record, his
investment schemes, his bad cheque-writing, his
contradictory testimony, his fabricated education record,
and his reported family abuse. Yet the author of these words
must have forgotten something! He neglected to quote from
any court records (indeed does not mention any single Court
record location, any dates, any case numbers, and charges
filed, whether or not an arrest was made, and the final
outcome of the levelled charges allegedly made).
abuse, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, several
article writers (each quoting the others), never must be
understood to be valid, factual evidence credible of
anything at all! Critical mention is made of a college in
Spain for which Rivera (as a Jesuit priest) was authorized
to collect funds, when he was not properly authorized to do
claim that Rivera was never a priest. No mention is made of
the name of the college, or the source of the information to
support the conclusions. It was officially agreed from Roman
Catholic sources that Dr. Rivera had indeed been appointed
to act in the collection of funds for one month, and surely
he would have not been so used without his priestly
credentials being checked!
'We are told
that a minister of The Church of God of Prophecy, had
experienced embarrassment when Rivera allegedly had written
a cheque on an already closed account.
mention is made of the location of the minister, of the
banks concerned, of the locality of the airline desk
complaining, whether the writers had ever seen a copy of the
cheque, whether the closed account had previously existed,
or to which office of which Department the said minister had
written a complaint. (True, the accusers give us the name of
the minister, but nothing else.)
made of a history of legal entanglements, court actions,
accusations of fraud, warrants issued for arrest, writing of
bad cheques; yet no specifies regarding complaints, vital
details, police records, places, hearings. No results are
reported at all.
enquiries have been made by the Canadian Protestant League
of every one of the police jurisdictions mentioned by the
accusers, and consistently the response has been, we have
never heard of this man!
"We hear of
alleged inconsistencies, contradictions, impossibly
conflicting dates; yet we have never been given the sources
of such information - letters, tapes, photo-copies,
individuals, interviews, etc. - not even a newspaper
"We are told:
Alberto's claim to have been a Jesuit priest and bishop is
denied by Roman Catholic spokesmen. They state the documents
he exhibits as proof of this priesthood are little more than
form letters giving permission to travel abroad.
would one expect? Surely we would not expect Roman Catholic
officialdom to admit that Alberto Rivera is telling the
truth about them or their Jesuitical practices! How naive
are we expected to be?"