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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


1119. What is the Church's attitude towards sterilization of the unfit? Is it usurping the power of God over life and death, like birth-control and the killing of incurables, or is it a lawful endeavor to safeguard national health, like the preve

The practice of sterilization of the unfit is absolutely forbidden by the Catholic Church as unlawful and gravely sinful. The Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" withdraws from man all jurisdiction over innocent life and forbids all notable mutilation of a morally innocent human being. Sterilization is a grave injury to a human person, depriving him of a power as integral to human nature as the power of sight or speech. The State did not give these powers, and can no more remove them than it can amputate the hand of a pickpocket thief. The State can segregate a thief for a long or short period, but it has not the right to mutilate him. And the unfit are not even guilty of a crime by being unfit. Sterilization also renders marriage quite unproductive and therefore deprives such men of their natural rights to the offspring of marriage.The State exists to protect its innocent citizens, not to injure and mutilate them. Anyway, sterilization is wrong in itself, and it is not lawful to do evil that good may come. No idea of safeguarding national health can justify evil means. As a preventive measure the State has other and lawful means, such as segregation and education. But sterilization is really an impossible measure in practice. It would not attain desired results.It is not a cure, for the trouble is more psychical than physical; and if anything, it stimulates crime, merely removing fear of consequences. Despite sterilization we shall always have the degenerate with us, even as we shall always have the poor despite all our philanthropic legislation. Other difficulties abound.The degree of mental or physical degeneracy cannot be determined. In less serious cases there will always be a doubt. In more serious cases, we have the disconcerting fact that heredity does not obey invariable laws. Nor can we deprive a man of a right now because of a possible future abuse of that right. And the Catholic Church rightly says that sterilization is an unlawful measure forbidden by the law of God.



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