Choose a topic from Vol 3:


Reason proves God's existence
Primitive monotheism
Mystery of God's inner nature
Personality of God
Providence of God and the problem of evil


Immortal destiny of man
Can earth give true happiness?
Do human souls evolve?
Is transmigration possible?
Animal souls
Freedom of will
Free will and faith


Religion and God
The duty of prayer
The mysteries of religion
Can we believe in miracles?

The Religion of the Bible

Historical character of the Gospels
Canonical Books of the Bible
Original Manuscripts
Copyists' errors
Truth of the Bible
New Testament "contradictions"

The Christian Religion

Christianity alone true
Not the product of religious experience
Compared with Buddhism, Confucianism, Mahometanism, Bahaism, etc.,
Rejected by modern Jews
The demand for miracles
The necessity of faith
Difficulties not doubts
Proofs available
Dispositions of unbelievers

A Definite Christian Faith

One religion not as good as another
Changing one's religion
Catholic convictions and zeal
Religious controversy
The curse of bigotry
Towards a solution

The Problem of Reunion

Efforts at the reunion of the Churches
The Church of England as a "Bridge-Church"
Anglicans and the Greek Orthodox Church
The "Old Catholics" of Holland
Reunion Conferences
Catholic Unity
The Papacy as reunion center
Protestant hostility to Catholicism
The demands of charity

The Truth of Catholicism

Necessity of the Church
The true Church
Catholic claim absolute
A clerical hierarchy
Papal Supremacy
Temporal Power
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Catholic attitude to converts
Indefectible Apostolicity
Necessity of becoming a Catholic

The Church and the Bible

Catholic belief in the Bible
Bible-reading and private interpretation
Value of Tradition and the "Fathers"
Guidance of the Church necessary

The Dogmas of the Catholic Church

Dogmatic certainty
Credal statements
Faith and reason
The voice of science
Fate of rationalists
The dogma of the Trinity
Creation and evolution
The existence of angels
Evil spirits or devils
Man's eternal destiny
The fact of sin
Nature and work of Christ
Mary, the mother of God
Grace and salvation
The sacraments
Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Communion
Marriage and divorce
Extreme Unction
Man's death and judgment
Resurrection of the body
End of the World

Moral Teachings of the Catholic Church

Catholic intolerance
The Spanish Inquisition
Prohibition of Books
Liberty of worship
Forbidden Socieities
Church attendance
The New Psychology
Deterministic philosophy
Marriage Legislation
Birth Prevention
Monastic Life
Convent Life
Legal defense of murderers
Laywers and divorce proceedings
Judges in Divorce
Professional secrecy

The Church in Her Worship

Why build churches?
Glamor of ritual
The "Lord's Prayer"
Pagan derivations
Liturgical symbolism
Use of Latin
Intercession of Mary and the Saints

The Church and Social Welfare

The Church and Education
The Social Problem
Social Duty of the Church
Catholicism and Capitalism

Church attendance

1079. To worship properly, is it necessary to do so in a Church?

Not always, but certainly sometimes. Man is not only an individual being. He is also a social being. And to worship God properly man must do so both in his individual, and in his social capacity. He can worship God properly as an individual by private prayer. But he cannot worship God properly in his social capacity unless he joins in collective worship. Of course, all that is a matter of general principle only. If one is a Catholic he knows that he cannot worship God properly save in accordance with the obligations of his religion. As an individual, therefore, the Catholic must, besides praying, receive the Sacraments. And he must also fulfill the duty of public or social worship by attendance at Mass on Sundays. Those are the obligations of the true religion. As a Protestant you would scarcely appreciate that. But still you should be able to grasp the difference between the obligation of private worship, and that of public and collective worship.

1080. My everyday religion is an earnest endeavor to be honest, and to help others less fortunate, often at personal loss; still it suits my way of thought.

You therefore reject the Christian religion. Even as a Protestant, you have drifted pretty far. I do not mean to speak unkindly. But you must admit that what you call your everyday religion could be that of a good pagan. A man who professed complete unbelief in Christ could earnestly endeavor to be honest, and to help others even at personal inconvenience. He would be completely irreligious, for His one effort would be to retain his self-respect and be kind to his fellow man. But God would not enter into his scheme of things, nor would the man enter into any relations at all with God. And since religion inspires and regulates our relations with God, your "everyday religion," as described, is not religion at all. Again, you justify your attitude by saying that it "suits your way of thought." Surely you can see that a Christian is one who adjusts his life to the teaching of Christ. His way of thought is the law for a Christian.

1081. I am still convinced in my mind that, if only one goes about trying to be good and to do good, God will notice the fact and judge accordingly.

It is certain that God notices all things, and that He will judge accordingly. But what will be His judgment? On the standard you give, Christ need not so much as set foot in this world. You reduce yourself to the level of those who have never heard of Christ. God notices that fact, and will judge accordingly. You have been baptized as a Christian. Having received that Sacrament, how will you justify before God your neglect of the other ordinances of Christ? Christ said, "I will build My Church, and if a man will not obey the Church, let him be as the heathen." But you obey no Church. As the very central act of worship to be offered in His name and on behalf of His people to God, He instituted the Sacrifice of the Mass. You repudiate the necessity of attending and assisting at that Sacrifice. I cannot go through all the other obligations of Christians. But I have said enough to show that, if you still believe in Christianity, you do not fulfill Christian obligations. If, on the other hand, you no longer believe in Christianity, you owe it to yourself to know just on what grounds you have rejected it.

1082. Will you tell us the real reason why Catholics fill up their Churches four or five times on Sundays?

I will do so. Let us take it step by step.Catholics believe in God.They believe that worship and public acknowledgment is due to God in strict justice.Being Christians, they believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God has taught us how to worship God and that it is to be done chiefly by assisting at the Sacrifice of the Mass, as far as public worship is concerned. They believe that Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church, and that the Catholic Church speaks with His authority. And when the Catholic Church says that all Catholics must fulfill their duty of worshipping God by attending Mass on Sundays, Catholics the world over do so in a spirit of obedience to the authority of the Christ in whom they believe. They go because God is God and because they owe this service to God. As they know it is a sin to refuse to pay what they owe the baker for the bread with which they nourish their lives, so they know it is a greater sin to refuse to pay what they owe to God for the life that bread nourishes. And as God is God whether they feel like going to Mass or not, they go whether they feel like it or not. These reasons apply to priest and people alike. The Catholic Faith is a reality in their lives. They believe in God and the worship due to Him. They know it is a sin to refuse this supreme religious duty. They don't want to sin thus against God. So they go to Mass.Here then you have the reasons why Catholics are so faithful-even to filling their churches 4 or 5 times over on Sunday mornings. And it is to the credit of the Catholic Church that she can inspire such fidelity to God and such a sense of religious duty. In fact, she could not do it, if Christ were not with her. It is a work of God's grace.



Prefer a PRINT version?