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


1002. Your Church wants not only to offer advice to civil society, but also to control domestic society, by interfering in family affairs.

The Catholic Church does not want to control domestic society. Families must control themselves. But they must do so according to Christian principles, and the Catholic Church, as our God-given guide in matters of faith and morals, declares what those Christian principle are and the obligation of her members to observe them. She would be failing in her duty if she did not do this.

1003. What does the Catholic Church teach concerning the position of the family in relation to civil society?

The Catholic Church teaches what is obviously the order of nature itself in this matter. The family, man, wife and children, is the initial society. Families unite to form civil society or the State. Domestic society is therefore prior both in nature and in time to civil society. It follows that the rights of the family are not derived from the State, nor has the State the right to control domestic life. It has the right to check abuses which could be destructive of the common good, making polygamy illegal, and making it a crime for parents to neglect fitting provision of food, clothing and education for their children." But it has no right to interfere with the positive administration of the normal home. The State did not give birth to the children. The parents did. The parents, therefore, have the right and the duty to bring up their children - fostering and preserving the lives for which they are responsible, and seeing to their spiritual, intellectual and physical development. That of course, means education; and the education of the children belong, primarily to the parents, not to the State. The parents may entrust part of the education of their children to others; but those others have only a delegated right in such a case. The basic right always remains that of the parents. The State, of course, has the right to demand a certain standard of proficiency in secular subjects; but it has not the right to say hov or where the child will be brought to that standard. That decision belongs to the parents. The family is the most ancient and necessary form of society, having its immediate origin in the natural law itself, and deriving its rights from no other and subsequent types of society.

1004. Was marriage a sacred permanent union as originally instituted by God?

Yes. It was not a Sacrament in the Christian sense of the word, but it was undoubtedly a sacred contract, appointed, sanctioned and blessed by God. And it was intended by God to be the permanent union of one man and one woman for the duration of their lives in this world. The marital union of human beings was on quite a different and almost infinitely higher level than the promiscuity of sex-relationships amongst lower and irrational animals. God's primitive law made no allowance whatever for divorce. The Book of Genesis records Adam's words in reference to Eve "This now is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh . . . wherefore man shall leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh." Gen., II, 23-24. A man was therefore to regard his wife as identified with himself; and divorce, dividing his wife from him, was to be as unthinkable as hacking himself to pieces with a sword. Christ Himself showed that God's primitive law intended marriage to be unbreakable. When the Pharisees interrogated Him as to whether divorce was lawful, He replied by quoting the words of Adam which I have just given, adding: "Therefore they are not two, but one flesh. What God therefore hath joined together, let no man put asunder." Matt., XIX, 6. And when the Pharisees urged that Moses had permitted divorce, Christ declared that that was not a law, but merely a dispensation from the law owing to the bad dispositions of men. And He declared also that He was abolishing that dispensation, saying: "From the beginning it was not so." Matt., XIX, 8. It is evident, then, that marriage was a sacred permanent union as originally instituted by God.

1005. Is the Catholic ideal the same today?

It is even higher, for Christ gave marriage an additional religious value as one of the Christian Sacraments. Christian marriage is defined as a Sacrament, in the reception of which two Christians, who are hindered by no impediments, give themselves to each other permanently, for the sake of children, life-long companionship, and mutual edification in religious and spiritual duties. In his Epistle to the Ephesians, V, 23-33, St. Paul stresses the ideal by likening Christian marriage to the union existing between Christ and the Church. As there can never be a divorce between Christ and the Church with which He promised to remain all days till the end of time, so there can never be a divorce between Christian husband and wife. As Christ has ever protected His Church, so husbands should love and protect their wives. As the Church has ever been true to Christ, so wives should be true to their husbands. Finally, as the Church is fruitful by the grace of Christ, bringing us forth to spiritual and eternal life, so the Christian wife brings forth the children God sends to her as the result of her marriage.



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