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


829. Is not a man judged by his conscience?

He is. But by his true conscience. Many men during this lifewarp their conscience by continual self-deception. They pretendthat what they want to do is right, and gradually lull themselvesinto a sense of security. But when the soul goes from this world,all pressure will be removed, and the true conscience will speak,and the voice of God will not be denied. Conscience warns peoplenow. Then it will judge them.

830. Can you establish the particular judgment ofeach soul at death, proving it from Scripture?

The doctrine is sufficiently established by the fact that it isthe official teaching of the Catholic Church; and it would notreally matter whether the doctrine were contained in Scripture ornot. However there are more than enough indications in Scripture.Christ described the deaths of the rich man and Lazarus the beggaras resulting in an eternally fixed state for each, the one in hell,the other in heaven. And that this was prior to the generaljudgment is clear from the fact that the rich man is made to pleadthat his relatives yet living be warned in time. St. Paul declaresthat the just receive their heavenly reward immediately afterdeath, without waiting for the general judgment, and said that hedesired to die and thus to be with Christ which is far better. St.John declares in the Apocalypse that the souls of the martyrs areliving and reigning with Christ, adding that for them the generaljudgment has no terrors. And in XIV., 13, he says, "Blessedare the dead who die in the Lord. From henceforth now, saith theSpirit, they rest from their labors, for their works followthem."

831. If the particular judgment is an infallibledoctrine, are not all the references to the last day, and aresurrection, and also a judgment by Christ, just pure fiction?

Not in the least. The particular judgment is in no wayincompatible with those truths. I cannot understand why you shouldthink it so. At the last day the bodies of the dead will be raised from the tomb and from the dust intowhich they have returned. Souls already judged in the particularjudgment will be reunited with their respective bodies, and in thegeneral judgment by Christ in His majesty and glory the sentencesthey have already received will be publicly confirmed andproclaimed. No real difficulty presents itself in this matter. Noris the general judgment useless. The particular judgment is foreach soul in turn; the general judgment is not for us, but for theuniversal vindication and glory of Christ.

832. Will Christ have power in the general judgmentto reverse the results of the previous particular judgment?

No. For God cannot contradict Himself. In each case it is aquestion of the infallible decision of God. In the particularjudgment His decision is given; in the general judgment it ispublicly reaffirmed.

833. Should not people serve God now, instead of stakingall on the state they will be in at the moment of judgment?

The only way of being sure of right dispositions at the momentof judgment is to serve God now. He who is right at every moment isright at any moment. All the same, death is a dramatic moment. Nodrama penned by any playwright has ever had so critical andastonishing an ending as that which every soul will encounter whenit leaves the stage of this world. However familiar we may be withthe idea, the realization that eternity was wrapped up in our fifty or sixty years in this world will prove rather staggering.



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