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

Catholic infiltration of civic life

762. Does not a book called "A Catholic's Guide to Social and Political Action" advise Catholics to "select candidates who would serve the Roman Catholic Church in municipalities and parliaments"?

No. The book you mention is by the Rev. C. C. Clump, S.J., and was published by the Catholic Social Guild, Oxford, England. It puts the question: "What general principle must be followed when voting?" Here is the answer it gives, in the words of Pope Pius X: "The chief concern of Catholics in this matter will be to send to the municipal councils of legislative bodies men who, given the particular conditions of each election and the circumstances of time and place, appear more vigilant about the interests of religion and of the country in the administration of public affairs." There is not a word about "serving the Roman Catholic Church. When the Pope refers to "the particular conditions of each election and the circumstances of time and place," he means that Catholics should consider well the particular office to which candidates aspire, which of the candidates would be most competent to fulfill its duties; or, relatively which candidate would seem more competent than the others. But the Pope insists that, besides considering the ability of the candidates, their integrity and attitude towards religion should be weighed. Electors should ask which of the candidates, in the administration of public affairs, will be more vigilant in the interests of religion and of the country. That advice should be supported by every Christian. If Christians elect to public office men who care nothing for religion, or who have not the true interests of their country at heart, they obviously violate their duty.

763. In the "British Weekly" of Jan. 24, 1952, the leading Congregationalist, Dr. Nathanael Micklem, Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, quoted the official report of a meeting of Roman Catholic Guilds formed in several Government Departments, Police, Transport, Postal, Education etc., held at St. Mary's Cathedral Chapter Hall, Sydney, on September 8th, 1937.

I am sure the Rev. Dr. Micklem honestly thought that he was quoting an official report. But the source of his information was a disreputable pamphlet entitled "Old Clothes," published some years ago by the Rev. Wyndham Heathcote, a Unitarian minister in Sydney. He in turn obtained his information from a paper called "The Protestant World," which published the so-called report under the title "Catholic Action." The whole thing was sheer fabrication.

764. According to the report, Archbishop Gilroy said at the meeting that the Guilds were to capture the Public Services of Australia in the interests of the Vatican. "The Public Service he declared, "is 63% Catholic, the applications of Catholics for positions in the Service is at present 92%, and within the next five years the demand of the Holy Father is that the Public Service shall be 100% Catholic."

In the "Sydney Morning Herald," of Feb. 2, 1938, Archbishop Gilroy, as the Cardinal then was, stated publicly that no such meeting took place on Sept. 8, 1937, or at any other time, either at St. Mary's Cathedral Chapter Hall or anywhere else. Also that he made no such speech, and that the so-called "Report" was wholly untrue. But Protestants did not cease to make use of the lying document; and when, towards the close of 1940, the Protestant Federation in Melbourne, Victoria, began to circulate it in pamphlet form under the title "Catholic Action," the Chief Secretary's Department asked the "Victorian Commissioner of Police to enquire into the matter. Here is the report furnished by the Commissioner to the Under-Secretary of State: "Police Department, Melbourne, November 28, 1940. Under-Secretary. I forward herewith a copy of a report giving the result of enquiries relative to the circulation of a pamphlet called "Catholic Action." I caused these enquiries to be continued in New South Wales, and as a result attach also a copy of a letter I received from the Commissioner of Police for tijthat State. "On March 7, 1938, a William Cecil Goulden, a roster clerk in the employ of the Railways Commissioner of New South Wales, made and signed what purported to be a sworn affidavit to the effect that he was present at a meeting, and that the report printed under the title of "Catholic Action" in the October issue of "The Protestant World" was written by him from notes taken at that meeting; and also that the published article and pamphlet were substantially true. "Investigations made by the New South Wales Police made it appear that no meeting in fact occurred, and that the article is entirely false. Goulden made a voluntary statement to the Police repudiating the statement he had previously made that he had attended a meeting, and repudiating any statements he had made regarding what had transpired at such meeting. The whole of the papers were referred to the Crown Solicitor, New South Wales, for advice as to what action should be taken against a person in regard to the publications known as 'Catholic Action' and 'Old Clothes.' (Signed) A. M. Duncan, Chief Commissioner." When Dr. Nathanael Micklem's article appeared in the "British Week- H p of Jan. 21, 1952, a letter to the Police Department of N.S.W. brought i the following reply: "Police Department. Commissioner's Office. Sydney, N.S.W. April 17, 1952. Police inquiries undertaken in connection with these publica- ''"l tions revealed that they emanated from a person who stated that he attended such a meeting and supported his statement by an affidavit. However, this person subsequently repudiated his statement and admitted that his affidavit was untrue. "After police investigations the person mentioned was confronted with numerous inconsistencies in his statement in which he claimed to have attended this meeting; and, in fact, when taken to St. Mary's Cathedral he did not know where the Chapter Hall was. (Signed) H. J. Cope, Secretary." All this shows that bigotry is as willing to invent false and malicious statements about Catholics as bigotry is willing to believe them.

765. Dr. Nathanael Micklem, Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, cannot be dismissed as an irresponsible person.

That is true. But his word for what he published in the "British Weekly" is worth only the evidence he can produce for it. As a matter of fact, as soon as that paper arrived in Sydney I wrote to Dr. Micklem giving him the information I have given you. He wrote back, admitting that the only evidence he had was the disreputable pamphlet "Old Clothes," and said: "I more than suspect that I have been taken in by an exceedingly discreditable piece of ultra-Protestant propaganda." And he said that he would be more than glad to explain publicly that he had been misled. Dr. Micklem is a Congregationalist who could scarcely be expected to be sympathetically inclined towards the Catholic Church. But he is above all conscious of dishonesty and would be filled only with indignation when confronted with proof of conscious dishonesty on the part of his fellow Protestants even in a campaign against the Catholic Church.



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