Choose a topic from Vol 2:


Proof of God's existence
God's nature
Supreme control over all things and the problem of suffering and evil


Destiny of man
Immortality of man's soul
Pre-existence denied
The human free will
Determinism absurd


Necessity of religion
Salvation of the soul
Voice of science
Religious racketeers
Divine revelation
Revealed mysteries
Existence of miracles

The Religion of the Bible

Gospels historical
Missing Books of the Bible
The Bible inspired
Biblical account of creation
New Testament problems
Supposed contradictions in Sacred Scripture

The Christian Faith

Source of Christian teaching
Jewish rejection of Christ
Christianity a new religion
Rational foundation for belief
Causes of unbelief

A Definite Christian Faith

Divisions amongst Christians
Schisms unjustified
Facing the problem
The wrong approach
Is one religion as good as another?
Obligation of inquiry
Charity and tolerance

The Protestant Reformation

Meaning of "Protestant"
Causes of the Reformation
Catholic reaction
Reformers mistaken
The idealization of Protestantism
The Catholic estimate

The Truth of Catholicism

Meaning of the word "Church"
Origin of the Church
The Catholic claim
The Roman hierarchy
The Pope
The Petrine text
St. Peter's supremacy
St. Peter in Rome
Temporal power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Apostolicity of the Church
Indefectibility of the Church
Obligation to be a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic attitude towards the Bible
Is Bible reading forbidden to Catholics?
Protestant Bibles
The Catholic Douay Version
Principle of private interpretation
Need of Tradition
The teaching authority of the Catholic Church

The Dogmas of the Church

Revolt against dogma
Value of a Creed
The divine gift of Faith
Faith and reason
The "Dark Ages"
The claims of science
The Holy Trinity
Creation and evolution
Grace and salvation
The Sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
The Catholic Priesthood
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
The resurrection of the body
The end of the world

The Church and Her Moral Teachings

The Inquisition
Other superstitions
Attendance at Mass
Sex education
Attitude to "Free Love"

The Church in Her Worship

Magnificent edifices
Lavish ritual
Women in Church
Catholics and "Mother's Day"
Liturgical Days
Burial rites
Candles and votive lamps
The rosary
Lourdes water
The Scapular

The Church and Social Welfare

Social influence of the Church
The education question
The Church and world distress
Catholic attitude towards Capitalism
The remedy for social ills
Communism condemned
The Fascist State
Morality of war
May individuals become soldiers?
The Church and peace
Capital punishment
Catholic Action

Comparative Study of Non-Catholic Denominations

Defections from the Catholic Church
Coptic Church
Greek Orthodox Church
Anglican Episcopal Church
The "Free" or "Nonconformist" Churches
Church of Christ
Seventh Day Adventists
Plymouth Brethren
Catholic Apostolic Church or Irvingites
Salvation Army
Christian Science
British Israelism
Liberal Catholics
Witnesses of Jehovah
Buchmanism or the "Oxford Group Movement"
From Protestantism to Catholicism

To and From Rome

Conversion of Cardinal Newman
Why Gladstone refrained
The peculiar case of Lord Halifax
Gibbon the historian
Secession of Father Chiniquy
Father Tyrrell, the modernist
Bishop Garrett's departure
Judgment on lapsed Catholics
Protestant apathy towards conversion of Catholics
Principles for converts to Catholicism
God's will that all should become Catholics

Father Tyrrell, the modernist

1402. Will you insist that there was something wrongwith Father George Tyrrell, the ex-Jesuit, rather than with theCatholic Church he left?

Yes. No man who has ever had the Catholic Faith can ever leavethe Catholic Church save through an abuse of grace for which hehimself is responsible.

1403. Tyrrell not only embraced Catholicism, butjoined the Jesuits.

It is true that Tyrrell was a convert from Protestantism to theCatholic Church, and subsequently became a Jesuit.

1404. Surely if Catholicism were true, he would notwant to leave it.

In the introduction to his book, "Hard Sayings,"Tyrrell wrote: "It is to the Church that we must look for ourguidance. The minds of her children will ever press on towards afuller intelligence of the mysteries of faith, turning back attimes to receive her approval, or to receive her rebuke, or tolisten to her counsel. To whom shall we go but to her who has thewords of eternal life, who for two thousand years has kept allthese sayings and pondered them in her heart?" Tyrrellpublished that statement of his convictions in 1898. Yet a fewyears later he was expelled from the Catholic Church fordeliberately refusing to obey those convictions. When the Churchwithdrew her approval from his modernist teachings, rebuked them,and offered her counsels, he obstinately maintained that he knewbetter than the Church. Pride gripped his soul. He never returnedto Protestantism. He still vehemently claimed to be a Catholic. Buthe wanted Catholicism to be what he thought it ought to be, notwhat it is. And he refused to submit his judgment to that Churchwhich St. Paul declares to be the "pillar and the ground oftruth." And in doing so, he resisted God's grace.

1405. No man prayed harder than Tyrrell for theguidance of God.

Tyrrell was a profoundly religious man. And pride is a subtleforce which adapts itself to men as they are, not eliminatinginborn tendencies, but warping them, and diverting them from theirproper direction. And pride also has a peculiarly blinding effectupon the soul, urging it never to admit its error. Tyrrell went onwith his prayers as an expression of his religious feelings; but ifby those prayers he was trying to secure guidance from God, hewanted a guidance in accordance with his own desires, andinterpreted all his inner experiences to suit his own theories.

1406. He did his best, and kept on praying, despiteecclesiastical persecution.

There was no ecclesiastical persecution. The Catholicauthorities merely said to him, "You cannot go on teaching amodernism quite opposed to Catholic teaching, and continue tofunction as a priest of the Catholic Church." The Churchmerely asked him to put into practice his own principles, andsubmit to her counsels. He refused to do so, and was expelled fromcommunion with, the Catholic Church. No one could call thatpersecution. The Catholic Church has as much right to say, "Ifyou want to enjoy my privileges, you must undertake also theobligations of a Catholic" as the State has to say, "Ifyou want my privileges you must obey my laws." The troublewith Tyrrell was that he wanted the privileges of a Catholicwithout the obligations. And he protested against his exclusionfrom the Catholic Church which he would not obey. Writing on Nov.25th, 1908, Cardinal Mercier of Belgium said to Bishop Hedley,"I do not know whether or not I should reply to that poorTyrrell. Is it not better to ignore his insolent tone, thetheatrical affectation with which he complains of being accused ofmodernism, and of openly denying the Papal infallibility and thedecision of the Vatican Council! If I reply, he will answer again.Where shall we end? If there remain some hope of seeing him returnto the Church, is it not better to leave him to reflect insilence?"



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