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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

Catholics and civil divorce

1198. May a Catholic, who has no intention whatever of marrying again, seek a civil divorce?

Yes, provided the Bishop of the diocese to which the Catholic belong gives permission to approach the civil courts for that purpose. The Bishop would have to be assured that there was sufficient reason for permanent separation of the parties concerned and for the obtaining of the civil decree of divorce. The Catholics concerned would, of course, be required to give their solemn promise to the Bishop that they would not attempt to contract a further marriage whilst both parties still lived.

1199. Would a practicing Catholic judge be permitted to grant civil dissolutions of marriage?

Yes, provided his intention be simply to administer civil law in view, of its civil effects only, apart altogether from the marriage bond as it exists in the sight of God. For example, the Catholic Church can permit even a Catholic to seek a civil divorce for the sake of legal freedom, provided such a Catholic respects the marriage bond before God, and does not intend to remarry whilst the other partner still lives. Such a Catholic would not admit the power of the State actually to destroy the bond of marriage, but would be concerned with the civil effects only. Again, if a Catholic contracted an invalid marriage in the sight of the Church which was yet legally binding the Church could sanction her applying for a civil divorce so that, if she married somebody else, she would not incur any legal charge of bigamy. If, in conscience, a Catholic can apply for a legal divorce for the sake of civil effects, then a Catholic can officiate as judge in divorce for the grants of civil decrees for the same purpose. The behavior of applicants after receiving such civil decrees is a matter for their own conscience. No Catholic judge would say that, if the first marriage was valid in the sight of God, the parties would be free in the sight of God to contract further marriages. But in his office as judge he restricts himself to administering the law merely in view of its civil effects.

1200. Would a Catholic lawyer be permitted to act on behalf of a Catholic client seeking a civil divorce?

A Catholic lawyer may help any client in whatever it is lawful in conscience for that client to do. If a Catholic woman wanted to defend herself against a divorce action brought against her, he may certainly assist her. If a woman's marriage is null and void before God and has already been declared by the Church to be so, he may help her to secure a civil divorce for the sake of legal freedom. Even if her marriage is valid in itself, provided she does not intend to marry again and has the Bishop's permission to approach the court, the Catholic lawyer may plead her case. But a Catholic lawyer would be obliged in conscience to refuse to assist in a divorce case if he knew for certain that his client's marriage was valid in the sight of God, and that the client was seeking a divorce with the deliberate intention of marrying again whilst the first partner still lived. Co-operation with such a client for such a purpose would be gravely sinful.



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