The Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) will consider expelling Chick Publications from membership when the association’s board meets late this month. Many booksellers have complained about the viciously anti-Catholic nature of Chick’s comic books.

“The problem is not only injuring and retarding the growth of the Christian literature movement, but it is creating divisions that are not Christian in nature,” said John T. Bass, CBA’s executive vice-president. His comments appeared in an article in the October issue of the CBA magazine, Bookstore journal.

Another CBA officer said the matter of expelling Chick would be on the board’s agenda this month, though Bass did not go that far in his article.

Chick Publications is headed by Jack Chick, an illustrator who lives in California and who began drawing Bible illustrations on his kitchen table years ago. He is an enigma, because he refuses interviews.

He recently published a comic book entitled Alberto, which purported to be the true story of a Jesuit priest named Alberto Rivera, whose undercover assignment was to infiltrate and destroy Protestant churches. It stirred an uproar from Roman Catholics who claimed the comic book was untrue, but the book was so popular among some fundamentalist groups that Chick published a sequel, Double Cross. It claimed to be the true story of Rivera’s rescue of his sister from a convent in England where she was a nun, and where she was bleeding to death from flagellation and other mistreatment.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY investigated and found the comic books to be fraudulent (CT, March 13, p. 50). It found that not only was Rivera never a priest, he had two children during the time he claimed to be living a celibate life as a Jesuit. Nor does he have a ...

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