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

Truth of Catholicism

1648. If the case for the Catholic Church is as clear as you make it out to be, how can anyone be in good faith yet not belong to it?

However clear the case for the Catholic Church may be in itself, it does not follow that every non-Catholic will perceive its force. There are hosts of non-Catholics who have never devoted any attention to the reasons in favor of the Catholic Church, and who would not be willing to do so even if they had the opportunity. Nor can we accuse them of bad will in this matter. Owing to their upbringing the idea of any Church with a divinelygiven teaching-authority is quite foreign to them; and they have inherited many prejudices against the Catholic religion, prejudices only too often confirmed, unfortunately, by the disedifying lives of bad individual Catholics whom alone they happen to have met. The Catholic Church, of course, cannot be blamed for Catholics who do not live up to her teachings. But we can sympathize with Protestants whose only experience of Catholicism is limited in practice to those who profess the Catholic religion only to disgrace it.

1649. So you still hold that non-Catholics can be saved?

Good non-Catholics, who are strictly obedient to their conscience, can be saved; not precisely because they are non-Catholics, but because they are strictly obedient to their conscience. Being conscientious people, were they aware of an obligation before God to become Catholics, they would undoubtedly fulfill that duty.

1650. Yet you hold that only Catholics are in heaven!

I hold that all in heaven are Catholics. For the truth there does not differ from the truth God has revealed to us in this world. The Catholic Church does not teach that only those get to heaven who professed the Catholic religion in this life. But if a good non-Catholic does save his soul (or even a bad one, by a miracle of mercy on God\'s part as in the case of a bad Catholic) that non-Catholic will realize in the next life as he did not on earth the truth of the Catholic religion and will then acknowledge it. In that sense, all in heaven, knowing the full truth, will be Catholics; even though on earth, through no fault on their own, some of them belonged to other religions, at least by external profession.



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