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

Heresy and heretics

1467. From your own utterances over the air, no one can doubt that you think there is room only for the Catholic Church.

I have ever maintained in my programs that Scripture, history and reason leave room for the Catholic religion only as the one true religion in itself. Why on earth would I have become a Catholic, after having been brought up as a Protestant, if I had not arrived at that conviction? But I have also said that other Protestants, so long as they do not believe in the truth of the Catholic religion, cannot become Catholics. They are obliged to follow their consciences in what they themselves at any given time sincerely believe to be right. If, therefore, they believe that they are bound to worship God in a Protestant way, the Catholic Church could not, on her own principles, deny them freedom to do so.

1468. Still, you brand all who do not accept the teachings of the Church of Rome as heretics.

You have never heard me do so; nor has anyone else. I have declared such people mistaken in their ideas of what the Christian religion really requires. I have at times discussed the word "Heresy," pointing out that it means the denial of orthodox teaching. But I have always pointed out also that one who has been taught wrong doctrines, and who has just taken them for granted, sincerely believing them to be right, is not personally guilty of any sin of heresy. Such a person, therefore, does not deserve to be branded as a heretic; and I have consistently refrained from using that term in regard to any non-Catholics, whether individually or collectively, who have been brought up according to the tenets of other religious bodies.

1469. What is a heretic, according to your ideas?

Here is a dictionary definition of the word. "One who adopts an opinion contrary to the authorized teachings of the Church to which he belongs." This supposes that one belongs to some definite religious body; that his Church has definite teachings which all members are expected to accept; and that some individual member, having previously accepted those teachings, decides to reject one, some or all of them.

1470. Do you not regard all non-Catholic Churches as heretical sects?

In technical language, the Catholic Church regards all separated forms of religion professing to be Christian as unorthodox or heretical. But she denies that those who adhere to such forms sincerely and in quite good faith, never suspecting their position to be wrong, are guilty of any sin of heresy. Again, in technical language, she refuses to regard them as "formal heretics." They are simply mistaken.

1471. Why does your Church speak with two voices, one within your own ranks, and one for outside consumption?

She does not. But she does know how to distinguish between the religion a man professes and the man who professes it. So do you, in your own sane moments. As a Christian, you must rank the denial of Christ as heresy. But you would not rank a Mahometan who has never had the Christian Faith as a heretic, despite his denial of the Divinity of Christ.

1472. If our Protestant religion is heretical, we must be heretics.

One would think that you simply do not want Catholics to have sympathetic and charitable dispositions towards you!



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