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

Obstacles to conversion

1645. My present point of view is not bigoted, but it is reasonably biased against Catholicism.

I can quite understand your position. I fully admit that it is quite reasonable to be predisposed favorably towards the religion one has always taken for granted, and the truth of which he has not had occasion to doubt. Such an attitude in no way implies bigotry, nor unreasonable inclinations to think that other religions are not so good as one's own. But the attitude you describe also does not hinder one from making allowances for any new information one receives, and adjusting one's position accordingly, even though breaking with one's past position is not without some distress psychologically. All sincerely religious people find the transition from one religion to another both painful and consoling. Religion is not very deep in the man who can make such a change with callous indifference.

1646. Would a man, whose wife and family are inflexibly Protestant, be justified in ruining his married happiness by becoming a convert to the Catholic Church?

It should not be taken for granted that such a position would necessarily arise. It has been said with some truth that our worst troubles are those which never happen. In the first place, the man who feels drawn to the Catholic Church will have a few months of instruction and preparation before taking the actual step. During that time he can gradually dispose his family towards a more sympathetic outlook; and it is quite possible that he will not find them so inflexible as he anticipated. Nor, should they insist on remaining Protestants themselves, would they necessarily take his becoming a Catholic so badly as to ruin his marital happiness. However, if the worst did happen, and if after due instruction the man were absolutely convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church, he would have to become a Catholic eventually despite the protests of his family. I say eventually, because where there are grave difficulties a person convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church might be justified in postponing his actual reception into the Church for a time in the hope of smoothing out the difficulties to some extent. But eventually he would have no choice but to become, a Catholic. For that would be a duty to conscience and to God, a duty which comes before duty to any human beings on the face of the earth. No claims of parents, or of husband or wife or children, relatives or friends, can come before one's duty to God. One may do his best to dispose all things as peacefully as possible; but if fidelity to conscience means the cross of suffering, one can but take up that cross.

1647. Would such a man have a chance of salvation if he persisted in his refusal to become a Catholic?

If, in order to please his family, such a man persisted in refusing to become a Catholic, and died still refusing, he would have no chance of salvation. After all, our Lord foresaw such difficulties. "Think ye," He said, "that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation. For there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided; three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against his father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-inlaw, and the daugther-in-law against her mother-in-law." Lk., XII, 51-53. It is of course always possible that a man who delays longer than he should in becoming a Catholic may become a Catholic before he dies, or at least get the grace of repentance for not having done so on his deathbed. There are innumerable cases of people who have sent for a priest at the last and have begged to be received into the Church. But there is always a risk that the abuse of present graces might not deserve sufficient time or grace in the future. I would certainly advise any man who is convinced of the truth of the Catholic religion to become a Catholic in actual fact as soon as it is reasonably possible for him to do so.



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