The Testimony of Former Roman Catholic
Peter Alphonsus Seguin

I was born at Rigand County in the province of Vaudreuil, Quebec, Canada. My parents were French Roman Catholics. I was the ninth child of ten children; there being eight boys and two girls. My parents were exceedingly devout Roman Catholics; they were good, moral, sober, industrious people who did their best to raise their children for God and country, but, oh, how ignorant they were. All they knew was how to count their beads, go to confession, attend Mass, and do the will and bidding of their priests.

I do not blame the Roman Catholic individual, but the Roman Catholic system and the men who run it. The day after I was born I was brought along to the local church to be baptized. At the age of seven I was forced to go and confess my sins to the priest. The priests asked me such filthy questions that I cannot mention them in writing. Then I had my first communion and was duly confirmed by the Bishop of Montreal.

Having spent some ten years at Bourget College I was told by Canon Charles Edouard, then an advisor of the old Bishop Bourget, that I was called by God and him, to become a priest. I decided to obey my superior and made my way to the grand seminary of Montreal. I was there for four long years from 1862 to 1866. During this time I had no contact with the real world at all. Day after day I studied the theologies of Liguori and Perrone. I was very exact in my studies and very attentive of my duties as a seminarist. Then on December 22nd, 1866, I was ordained a priest by Bishop Bourget surrounded by sixty priests.

After fourteen years in the priesthood I had seen a great many things that disturbed me. In the end I became so disturbed by the sin and wickedness which I encountered in the parishes of Montreal, NewBrunswick, Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota, that I compiled a 150 page document which I sent to Pope Leo XIII, in which I informed him how truly sick were his representatives on the continent of America.

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