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

The Sacrifice of the Mass

866. When, and by whom, was the first Mass said?

Jesus Christ Himself instituted and celebrated the first Mass at the Last Supper on the night before He died.

867. Before Christ came, how did men worship God?

From the very beginning of the human race, men have rendered to God the worship of prayer and sacrifice. Thus Abel, the son of our first parents, offered sacrifice to God. When the Jews were liberated from Egypt, they were told by God to sacrifice a lamb without blemish, and every year afterwards until the coming of Christ, a lamb was sacrificed at Paschal time, as a commemoration of God's goodness to the Jews, and as a type of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, the true Lamb of God who liberated the souls of men from the captivity of sin. Many other secondary sacrifices of expiation and purification also characterized the worship of the Jews, before Christ. The tradition of sacrifice also persisted amongst the nations who did not belong to the chosen people of God, and even when they had drifted into paganism, they still regarded sacrifice as essential to religion.

868. Christ made the one and only Sacrifice when He died on the Cross.

The Sacrifice of the Mass does not take the place of that on Calvary. Far from supplanting it, it supposes it; and the Mass would have no value apart from the Sacrifice of the Cross. That Sacrifice was the one absolute Sacrifice. The Mass is substantially that same Sacrifice, not another. It is the same priesthood of Christ offering the same Victim, Himself; and for the same purpose. In the Mass, Christ merely offers Himself in a new way, applying the fruits of Calvary to those present, and to all for whom the Mass is offered. Far from diminishing the efficacy of Calvary, it manifests that efficacy.



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