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

Protestant Churches and Communism

927. Our Protestant ministers upheld the social system at which Communism aimed. They did not support Communism itself.

They were either insufficiently informed concerning the nature of the social system at which Communism aimed, or else concerning the the nature of Christianity. Failing that, then they allowed their hearts to run away with their heads under the pressure of social and political sympathies which made them fail to advert to the supreme demand of loyalty to Christ.

928. Our Protestant ministers' ideas of Christianity are as sound as yours, at least from the Protestant point of view.

I think you are understating your case. Surely Protestants think the teachings of their Protestant ministers, not merely as sound as those of the Catholic priest, but as superior and more in accordance with the truth. If not, why would they remain Protestants? In reality, the point you raise here is without value until the question is settled as to whether any given Protestant view of Christianity is, in itself, more reliable than the Catholic explanation of it. I might add that, in any case, not all Protestant ministers agreed with their fellow Protestant ministers who idealized everything Russian, including Communism.

929. Protestantism does not endeavor to corner power.

Nor does Catholicism. But Communism does. And if Protestantism objects to the cornering of power, why should you object to the Catholic hurch doing all it can by moral persuasion to prevent Communism from attaining its goal? Do you hold that Protestants and Communists should become friends, as Herod and Pilate became friends at the cost of the death of Christ? A Protestant clergyman, the Rev. Emil Brunner, in his book "Communism, Capitalism and Christianity," says that some Protestants think that because the Roman Church has taken up the struggle against Communism, Protestants ought not to do so. But why, he asks should Protestants leave to the Roman Church the honor of having fought the greatest deviltry of our era, neglecting to do what as Christians they are in duty bound to do - resist the enemies of Christ?

930. Protestantism does not champion any cause save the Will of God which we must try to understand and obey.

What kind of a champion of any cause is one who does not even recognize the enemy of that cause, and is not prepared to do anything to check the activities of that enemy? You speak of understanding and obeying the Will of God. Then read, in the 2nd and 3rd chapters of the Book of Revelation our Lord's messages to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, each saying: "I know thy works . . . but I have somewhat against thee." Take the message to the Church at Thyatira: "These things sayeth the Son of God . . .I have against thee that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants." Do you think you are doing the Will of God by suffering Communism to teach and to seduce Christians, proclaiming that there is no God but the proletariat and no prophet but Karl Marx?

931. If a Catholic does join the Communist Party is he excommunicated from the Catholic Church?

Yes. Already in 1937, in his Encyclical Letter "Atheistic Communism," Pope Pius XI had warned Catholics: "Without receding an inch from their subversive principles, Communists invite Catholics to collaborate with them in the realm of so-called humanitarianism and charity; and at times even make proposals that are in perfect harmony with the Christian spirit and the doctrine of the Church. They encourage the belief that Communism will assume another and much milder form. It will not interfere with religion or its practice. It will respect liberty of conscience. But the faithful must not be deceived. Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever." In July, 1949, Pope Pius XII expressly declared any Catholics who would join the Communist Party do incur excommunication, absolution from which is reserved to the Holy See.



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