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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
Socialism
Trade unions
Communism
Protestant Churches and Communism
Capitalism
Social apathy of Churches
Catholic social teaching
Marriage
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
War

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
Anti-semitism
"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

Perpetuity of the Church

137. You hold, of course, that the Roman Catholic Church, with its present constitution, is indestructible?

I do. Until the end of time the Catholic Church will ever exist in this world. In different localities enemies may succeed in liquidating its Bishops and Priests, and in destroying, banishing or perverting its laity. But the Catholic Church will still continue somewhere in this world as a living institution.

138. Where is it to he found in the Bible that Jesus ever said such a thing?

In Matt., XVI, 18, we have the words of Christ: "I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." Again, in Matt., XXVIII, 20, we have His words: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." In Jn., XIV, 16, we read: "I will ask the Father and He shall give you another Paraclete, that He may abide with you forever." St. Paul, speaking of the Last Supper, says, in I Cor., XI, 26: "As often as you do this you shall show the death of the Lord until He come." The Church Christ founded, therefore, despite all hostile forces, will continue till the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ.

139. You see the divine protection in the survival of your Church till today?

Surely one would have to be blind not to see some force in that belief. The establishing of the Catholic Church, her expansion without loss of unity in herself however many have broken away from her, her preservation with unbroken succession from the Apostles, and her fruitfulness in virtue and good works—these are striking facts; and they are facts the more difficult to explain when one realizes the poor humanity, so liable to frailties, of which the Church is composed. No merely human society, without divine help and protection, would last through 2000 years under the same conditions,,and spread through the whole world with the same results.

140. You forget that historians have explained it by purely natural causes.

They have not. They have catalogued the natural causes that have contributed towards the survival of the Catholic Church; but those natural causes, whilst contributing towards her survival, do not explain it. What needs explaining and cannot be naturally explained is how the factors making for the survival of the Catholic Church were always at hand at the opportune moment, and were always successful against other forces bent on destroying her. During the first three centuries the Church had to get established in the midst of continued persecution. Later ages brought the barbarian invasions; the desertion of schismatics and heretics; efforts by political power to absorb the Church; the frailties and crimes of Catholics themselves, even of Popes and Bishops and Priests; revolutions and civil disorders; the Protestant reformation; the hostility of materialistic philosophers; and the printing presses of the world, with their flood of books and periodicals propagating so much antipathy against her. These are only some of the forces pitted against her. But they alone make it impossible to explain the survival of the Catholic Church as the greatest single united body in the world today.

141. That your Church has survived until today is not proof that it will survive in the future.

Our reliance is upon the promise of Christ. The survival of the Church until today merely confirms us in our reliance upon that promise.

142. No doubt the Jews had similar confidence that their Church would endure forever.

The Jews were chosen by God to preserve the true religion until the coming of the Messiah, who would establish a universal religion of righteousness to which all nations would be invited. When Christ came, even though He amply proved His claim to be the promised Messiah, the Jews rejected Him. From then on, they have survived rather as a race than as a religion. Their priesthood, sacrifice and temple are no more. They are divided religiously into Orthodox, Reform and Conservative Judaism, where they have not drifted to neglect of religion altogether. The Jews have survived racially, though scattered throughout the world. But the integrity of their religion has not been preserved.

143. Do you think the present state of the world offers you room for hope?

The present state of the world has nothing to do with the matter. Christ promised that the "gates of hell" would not prevail against His Church. If not all the forces of hell, certainly not all the forces of this world will succeed in prevailing against the Catholic Church. No fluctuating conditions of human society can upset the confidence of Catholics, a confidence based on the promise of Christ. He is God; and can and will fulfil His promise.

144. Are not all the Christian Churches decaying and dying?

For other Churches I do not speak. I admit that they show no signs which would warrant a prediction of their indefinite survival. But with the Catholic Church it is different. That Church has a guarantee of divine protection. In 1874, but four years after Pope Pius IX was made a prisoner in the Vatican, and when the world could be expected to discount the prospects of the Catholic Church, Disraeli said in the British Parliament: "I cannot disguise the fact. The Catholic religion is a powerful organiza^ tion; and, if I may say so, the most powerful today." Yet the position of the Catholic Church is immensely stronger now than when Disraeli spoke. All that, of course, is from the merely human point of view. Those who have the Catholic faith know that God Himself has guaranteed to preserve the Church till the end of time.

145. What of the growth of Communism?

What of it? Such things have come and gone all through history. The Catholic Church can scarcely have worse things to survive in the future than she has survived in the past 2,000 years. Her enemies have come and gone. They are but a memory; but she is a living fact and a reality. There are no reasons based on either past or present conditions why the irreligious should hope, or Catholics should fear, that the Catholic Church will not continue till the world itself comes to an end.

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