Choose a topic from Vol 4:

Religion - Yes or No

Necessity of Religion
Reality of Religious Experience
Religion and life
Religious statistics
Nature of religion
Necessity of worship
Neglect of religion
Religion and history
Conversion of mankind

The Christian Church

Nature of the Church
Necessity of the Church
Visible organisation
Hierarchical constitution
Papal supremacy
Perpetuity of the Church

"This Shall Be the Sign"

Notes of identification
Unity of the Church
Holiness of the Church
Catholicity of the Church
Apostolic succession
"Roman" but not "Roman Catholic"

Dogmatic Authority of the Church

Authority in religion
Catholic Church infallible
The Pope infallible
Papal definitions
Dogmatic spirit of the Catholic Church
"Religion of the spirit"
Individual freedom
Re-stating Christianity
Athanasian Creed
Meaning of faith
Faith and reason
Faith and science
Religion and education
Religion and morals
Catholic countries backward
Universities and religion
Natural Moral Law
Christian principles of morality
Catholicism versus the world

The Power-Complex Illusion

Legislative power of the Catholic Church
Coercive power of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church and political ambitions
Divided allegiance of Catholics
Rome and totalitarianism
Aim of the Catholic Church in America
Catholic Action
Political freedom of Catholics
Catholic infiltration of civic life
Catholicism anti-democatic
Rival totalitarianisms, Rome and Moscow
Catholic attitude to Protestants
Spanish Inquisition
Church and State
Federal Union or "One World State"

Life-Or-Death Social Problems

Social reform necessary
Trade unions
Protestant Churches and Communism
Social apathy of Churches
Catholic social teaching
Family life
Primary purpose of marriage
Religion and marriage
Form of marriage
Mixed marriages
Birth control
"Catholic birth control"
Divorce and re-marriage
Catholics and civil divorce
Nullity decrees
Therapeutic abortion
Euthansia or mercy-killing

Those Exclusive Claims

Divided Christendom
Do divisions matter?
The "Only True Church" claims
Cause of sectarian bigotry
Reunion Movement
Catholic non-cooperation

Religious Liberty

Religious freedom
Catholic intolerance
Protestants and the principles of religious liberty
Rome and the "Four Freedoms"
Heresy and heretics
Religious rights of Protestants
Religious persecution
"Rome's historical record"
Protestant missionaries in Spain
In Italy
In South America
Conditions in Colombia

Are Only Catholics Saved

"Outside the Catholic Church no salvation"
Beliefs of Catholics
Salvation of Pagans
Salvation of Protestants
Why become a Catholic?
Duty of inquiry
Salvation of apostate Catholics
Test at the Last Judgment
Obstacles to conversion
Truth of Catholicism

Test at the Last Judgment

1641. So you deny that a man will be judged by the type of life he leads, when he faces his judgment?

I do not deny that. But keep in mind that the type of life a man leads must be measured by his fidelity to the dictates of his conscience or his violation of them. If a man's conscience tells him that he must hear and obey the Catholic Church as the true Church of Christ, then if he does not obey his conscience in this matter he will be judged as one who has not led the right type of life. For the only right type of life for such a man is that of a good and fervent Catholic.

1642. Granted that the type of life is the test, then it does not matter what religion a man has so long as he reaches his ultimate goal.

That sentiment is utterly unchristian. Do you mean to say that if God sends His only-begotten Son into this world to give us the true religion, it does not matter whether we accept that religion or not? Nowhere did Christ ever breathe the slightest hint that it does not matter which religion one follows. He sent His Apostles to teach all men the religion He had taught them, saying: "He who believes not shall be condemned." Mark, XVI, 16.

1643. Do you think Christ will disown good Christian-living people at the last day?

Not necessarily. But if not, it will not be because they belonged to non-Catholic Churches. It will be because they were good-living people who did not realize that they should be Catholics. Christ will be ready to make all allowances for mistakes. But they will have to be genuine mistakes, and not the fault of people who could have discovered the truth but were too lazy to make an effort to do so, or who refused to inquire because they thought it might be uncomfortable to find out duties they preferred to ignore. Nothing is to be gained by talking about people's good dispositions; for when we find good men professing contradictory doctrines, we have to say that some of them are mistaken. Ten men of different religions may have equal goodwill. It does not follow that they have equally right ideas. The search for truth demands the sorting out of ideas, not the analysis of people's dispositions. And the man who is genuinely seeking the truth will find it in its fullness only in the Catholic religion.

1644. I have to do the will of God as I see it.

That is true. But it is possible for people, with the best of intentions, to be mistaken as to what the will of God really is. The classic example of that is St. Paul, Acts, IX, 4, who really thought he was doing the will of God in trying to suppress Christianity. When enlightened by Christ, on the way to Damascus, he did not hesitate to abandon his previous position and give himself entirely to the cause of truth. You must remain as you are so long as you conscientiously believe it to be right for you to do so. I would not ask you to take a single step until you see your way clear to to do so. But I do ask you to reconsider your position.



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