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

Papal definitions

313. I have been told, and have read in books, that there are not more than a dozen or so of these "ex cathedra" infallible pronouncements by various Popes; but even so nowhere have I been able to find what they are.

With all the publicity given to them you cannot possibly be unaware of the more recent ones.

314. Will you please list for me all the infallible pronouncements made by different Popes since the time of Christ and the Apostles. I mean those made on their sole authority, not by Councils of the Church under their direction.

You cannot expect really adequate treatment of such a question in a radio session essentially devoted to brief explanations. However, I will do what I can for you, reducing things to a minimum of description. In each case I will merely name the Pope, the document, the date and the subject matter of the Decree. They are as follows: (1) Pope Leo I Decree: "Lectis Dilectionis Tuae," to Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, June 13, 449 A.D. On the Divinity of Christ. 1 (2) Pope Agatho Decree: "Omnium Bonorum Spes," 680 A.D. On the Divine and Human Wills in Christ. (3) Pope Boniface VIII Decree: "Unam Sanctam," Nov. 18, 1302. On Papal Supremacy in the Church. (4) Pope Benedict XII Decree: "Benedictus Deus," Tan. 29 1336 On the Heavenly Destiny of the Saints. (5) Pope Leo X Decree: "Exsurge Domine," June 15, 1520. Condemning the Errors of Martin Luther. (6) Pope Innocent X Decree: "Cum Occasione," May 31, 1653. Condemning the Errors of the Jansenists. (7) Pope Innocent XI Decree: "Coelestis Pastor," Nov. 19, 1687. Condemning the Errors of the Quietists. (8) Pope Clement XI Decree: "Unigenitus," Sept. 8, 1713. Condemning the False Teachings of Paschasius Quesnel. (9) Pope Pius VI Decree: "Auctorem Fidei," Aug. 28, 1794. Condemning the False Teachings of the Synod of Pistoia. (10) Pope Pius IX Decree: "Ineffabilis Deus," Dec. 8, 1854. Defining the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Same Pope. Decree:"Quanta Cura," Dec. 8, 1864. Condemning Secularism and Communism. NOTE: Under the presidency of Pope Pius IX, July 18, 1870, the Vatican Council defined Papal Infallibility. (11) Pope Leo XIII Decree: "Apostolicae Curae," Sept. 13, 1896. Condemned Anglican Orders as null and void. Same Pope. Decree: "Testem Benevolentiae," Jan. 22, 1899. Condemned merely Naturalistic Interpretations of Christian Activities. NOTE: There are some Catholic theologians who hold that, although these two decrees of Pope Leo XIII are of the utmost authority, they still fall short of technical requirements for infallible "ex cathedra" utterances. In practice all hold that they are binding on all the faithful. (12) Pope Pius X Decree: "Lamentabili," July 3, 1907; and again, Decree: "Pascendi," Sept. 7, 1907. Condemning the Errors of the Modernists. (13) Pope Pius XI. Two utterances very probably comply with the requirements of an "ex cathedra" decision, namely, the solemn declaration that contraceptive birth control is, of its very nature, a grave violation of the Law of God ("Casti Connubii," Dec. 31, 1930) and the condemnation of materialistic Socialism as quite opposed to the Christian religion ("Quadragesimo Anno," May 15, 1931). (14) Pope Pius XII Decree: "Munificentissimus Deus," Nov. 1, 1950. Defining the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.



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