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

Political freedom of Catholics

758. Can you honestly say that your Church grants to Catholics political freedom?

She grants all the political freedom that can rightly be expected. She does not grant moral freedom, in politics or in anything else, to violate he laws of God. Where civic and political matters are concerned, she declares that all citizens, and therefore Catholics as well as others, are not only free but have the duty to take an interest in their country's welfare.

759. May a Catholic join any political party he pleases?

Yes, provided the party is not based on antichristian principles. Every Catholic knows that fidelity to Christ comes before any earthly allegiance. If a political party by its very constitution, or by its teachings, is the declared enemy of Christ, it stands to reason that no Catholic could in conscience join or support such a party.

760. If a Catholic joins a legitimate party, may he support the party line in all that it officially advocates?

Not necessarily. Even a party in no way officially opposed to religion may occasionally adopt proposals at variance with Christian principles, In every party, therefore, a Catholic must insist upon his right to oppose measures which violate the moral law. Whenever there is a conflict between conscience and the demands of a political party, conscience comes first.

761. May a Catholic join the Communist Party?

No. Communism is based on principles radically opposed to the teachings of Christianity. It advocates atheist propaganda. It declares all religion to be false. It denies any fixed standard of morality. It entertains completely wrong notions concerning man's origin, nature and destiny. It denies the right of private property, and urges the class-war, promoting unjustified disturbance in the community. It repudiates Christian teaching on the permanence of marriage, and the right of parents to supervise the education of their children. Finally, its doctrines concerning the supremacy and functions of the State are quite opposed to the natural moral law. For all these reasons no one who understands both Christianity and Communism could possibly support the latter. But we shall see more on this subject later.



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