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

Social reform necessary

841. Why does not your Church keep to the purely religious field, instead of seeking to mold the whole world according to its religious liking?

Since religious principles affect ethical and social principles, it is impossible for the Catholic Church not to be concerned, at least indirectly, with certain aspects of economics or politics.

842. In his book, "The Catholic Church against the Twentieth Century" Avro Manhattan writes: "Other religions exercise a more or less great influence on modern society, but their ability to shape the course of events cannot in any way be compared with that of the Catholic Church."

Avro Manhattan's book was written with the hostile intent of showing that the Catholic Church was "Fascist," during the years of World War II, with all its particular obsessions. His book was not only full of distortions, but was out-of-date almost as soon as it was published. Douglas Hyde, in his I book, "I Believed," describes how when on the staff of a Communist paper he was given Manhattan's book to review. And he says: "Instead of gaining ammunition against the Church from Manhattan's book I learned, despite, the tendentious writing, something of the Church's social teaching. It was written to make anti-Catholics. It helped to make me 'pro' instead."

843. Would you agree that the social system which produced the modern proletariat is unchristian by the very fact?

The word proletariat refers to the underprivileged classes in any given country. That there will always be underprivileged people in this world is certain. Christ was not wrong when He said that the poor we shall have always with us. Matt., XXVI, 11. But a social system which results in so uneven a distribution of benefits that an ever smaller minority enjoys the advantages whilst ever increasing numbers suffer disadvantages would undoubtedly be an unchristian system and one opposed to the natural moral law. Still more inexcusable would be any tendency on the part of the rich to treat the proletariat almost as people of a different race and as having no rights at all. It is no wonder that, in countries where such a state of affairs existed, the growing proletariat organized and aimed, not only at the elimination of the evils in such a system, but at the system's complete destruction.

844. For many years I have taken a keen interest in social problems'9 and in the rights and wrongs of our capitalistic system.

Your interest deserves commendation. But whilst it is good to get a sound knowledge of social problems, one must make sure of both one's principles and of one's facts before drawing one's conclusions.

845. As a worker I have been the victim of industrial exploitation which has made me thoroughly class-conscious.

That statement invites the warning that any man with a sense of grievance must be doubly on his guard against disturbance of his judgment. There is always the danger that such a man will not be impartial; and justice, even social justice, demands impartiality. It is very easy to let the catch-cries of "Industrial Exploitation" and "Class-consciousness" become obsessions. You should check the facts and ask whether you have really been a "victim of industrial exploitation," or whether you have only imagined it. Also, what do you mean by saying that you have become "class-conscious"? Do you mean that you feel that you belong to a class of people who are suffering disabilities which you would like to see remedied? Or do you mean that you feel envy and hatred of those you think to constitute the privileged classes? The latter dispositions would certainly be wrong, and would lead to a class-warfare utterly opposed to Christian principles.



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