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

Religious freedom

1439. I would like you to discuss the idea of freedom.

You introduce one of the most difficult and complex problems in existence, one on which volumes have been written by philosophers and theologians in their efforts to do justice to it.

1439. Do you agree with the definition of it as the unrestrained enjoyment of natural rights?

Yes, provided they be natural rights. No man has the right to do just as he pleases without any regard for the rights of others. Individuals ought to be free, not to behave irresponsibly, but as responsible human beings. But responsibility supposes obligations to be fulfilled, and from which we cannot be free. There can be no such thing as absolute freedom. You can be free from what is good, and subject to what is evil; or you can be free from what is evil, and subject to the demands which goodness will make upon you. Rightly understood, freedom is liberty, not to do as one pleases, living a purely selfish and self-centered life, but to do as one ought to do. If people choose to do as they ought not to do, to the injury of others, they deserve to be deprived of their freedom to continue behaving in such a way.

1440. What does the Catholic Church teach concerning the individual right to freedom of religion?

The Catholic Church teaches that, since religion is a duty binding on all men, both as individuals and in their social capacity, they must have the right to religious liberty as individuals, and the right of assembly for religious purposes in accordance with their convictions. Any State which deprives men of this liberty goes beyond its rights, unless the religion in question be not merely a false religion, but also injurious to the legitimate temporal welfare of the State. The true Christian religion revealed by God Himself could never, of course, when rightly understood and practised, be injurious to the legitimate welfare of the State. And no civil government in the world is acting within its competence if it attempts to take away from its citizens the right to practise that religion.



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