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  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Secession of Father Chiniquy

    01/11/2014 12:36:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Secession of Father Chiniquy 1399. Father Chiniquy found the Catholic Church to be false, and left it to become a Protestant. Father Chiniquy did not voluntarily leave the Catholic Church, but was suspended and degraded for misconduct on many occasions, and excommunicated despite repeated piteous appeals for reinstatement as a priest.1400. Catholics say that Pastor Chiniquy was expelled from their Church, but Archbishop Buchesi, of Montreal, wrote as follows on Jan. 10th, 1899, to Chiniquy's son-in-law, the Rev J.L. Morrin: Sir:I hear that Mr. Chiniquy is very seriously ill, and that he may soon die. Although he separated from...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Gibbon the Historian

    01/09/2014 7:58:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Gibbon the historian 1396. Gibbon, the historian, became a Catholic despite parental opposition. He did, and apparently sincerely. He was but sixteen years old at the time.1397. Yet he went back to Protestantism, and then to a vague sort of atheism. He did, but I deny that he did so because he really proved the Catholic Church untrue.1398. Was his a guilty renunciation of the true faith? Yes. Horrified by his conversion to Catholicism, his father packed him off to Lausanne to board with a Swiss Calvinist pastor named M. Pavillard. M. Pavillard loyally set to work to bring Gibbon...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Peculiar Case of Lord Halifax

    01/07/2014 7:59:38 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The peculiar case of Lord Halifax 1393. Why did not the late Lord Halifax, though apparently so near to Rome, become a convert to your faith? I admit that his case is more difficult than that of Gladstone. Lord Halifax was a convert to Catholic teaching and forms of worship. But Catholic discipline and jurisdiction were beyond him. He was so absorbed by the idea that the Anglicanism he loved was somehow or other part of the Catholic Church that his judgment was clouded on the one point as to whether he should abandon the Church of England and...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Why Gladstone Refrained

    01/06/2014 9:40:31 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Why Gladstone refrained 1392. If the truth of the Catholic Church is so clear, why did such an intelligent man as W. E. Gladstone remain entrenched in Protestantism? It was certainly not because Protestantism is true, nor because Catholicism is false. Nor was it because Gladstone was intelligent. Both Newman and Manning, fellow Protestants with Gladstone, were equally intelligent, yet both became Catholics. We must remember that religion implies much more than merely intellectual conviction. It is deeply psychological, involving a yielding of mind and heart and will. Reluctance on the part of any one of these factors can prevent...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Conversion of Cardinal Newman

    01/05/2014 10:12:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Conversion of Cardinal Newman 1391. Did not Cardinal Newman lose faith in the Catholic Church before he died? No. During his own lifetime the rumor was published by the "Globe" newspaper that he had been disillusioned by Catholicism, and was going to return to the Church of England. Newman at once had his denial published in the same paper. He wrote saying, "I have not had one moment's wavering of trust in the Catholic Church ever since I was received into her fold. I have no intention, and never have had any intention, of leaving the Catholic Church and becoming...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - From Protestantism to Catholicism

    01/03/2014 2:49:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    From Protestantism to Catholicism 1388. Why are you so particularly hard on Protestantism? I have no more reasons for the discussion of Protestantism than for the discussion of any other form of religion. But Protestants are more numerous than others in this country, and consequently more questions are submitted from the Protestant viewpoint than from others. Were I in a country where the Greek Orthodox Church is in the ascendancy, my discussions would have to do chiefly with the differences between Greek Orthodoxy and Catholicism. The Catholic Church is the same everywhere, but she has not the same problems to...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Buchmanism or the "Oxford Group Movement"

    12/30/2013 5:33:14 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Buchmanism or the "Oxford Group Movement" 1375. I have been asked to join the Group Movement for the discussion of religion and the sharing of problems. Could you tell me something about this Movement? Members of the "Oxford Group Movement" go in for what they call "Life-changing," or rapid emotional conversions. Small groups meet together and share out their personal and individual religious experiences, even to public confession of secret sins. Each is expected to be guided by the Holy Spirit in future conduct, and to aim at "a maximum experience of God." The movement is really a new...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Witnesses of Jehovah

    12/16/2013 8:17:28 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Witnesses of Jehovah 1351. Are the Witnesses of Jehovah an offshoot of the Russellites? They are rather a continuation of the Russellites. The present leader of the Witnesses of Jehovah, who calls himself Judge Rutherford, is but the successor of Pastor Charles T. Russell, who founded the movement.1352. Russell was a pious, devout Christian, and a faithful follower of Christ. Pastor Russell was born in America in 1852. He was first a Congregationalist, then dabbled in Seventh Day Adventism, and finally set up for himself as a prophet announcing the Second Coming of Christ. His piety was not true...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Liberal Catholics

    12/15/2013 1:48:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Liberal Catholics 1346. Was the lapse of the Liberal Catholics from Roman Catholic unity a recent event? The so-called "Liberal Catholic Church" never lapsed from unity with Rome for the simple reason that it never was in union with Rome. Its origin was as follows:In 1875 a Colonel Olcott and a Madame Blavatsky founded a Theosophical Society in New York. Later this society was joined by a Mrs. Annie Besant, and still later by a Mr. Leadbeater, an ex-Anglican clergyman. The doctrine of these Theosophists at first was very nebulous, and incorporated much from ancient Indian philosophies. In the beginning...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - British Israelism

    12/13/2013 7:25:57 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    British Israelism 1336. What is your opinion of British Israelism? It is a non-Christian substitute for religion based upon an unbridled imagination, a denial of history, and a perverted sense of patriotism which would like to exalt the British Empire and the United States of America at the expense of other nations. It is really a freak religion which goes to the opposite extreme from the position adopted by Judge Rutherford. Where Judge Rutherford declares that the British Empire and America are Satan's organizations, the British Israelites declare that they alone constitute God's chosen people on the face of...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Christadelphians

    12/12/2013 7:57:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Christadelphians 1335. I have been asked to join the Christadelphians. Could you give me some information concerning them? The Christadelphian sect was founded in America by a man named John Thomas, who lived from 1805 till 1871. He was a member of an American sect called the "Disciples of Christ" or the"Campbellites," founded by Alexander Campbell, an ex-Presbyterian minister, in 1827. Thomas, reading the Bible with his own peculiar mentality, decided that the whole of Christendom had gone astray, including the Campbellites, and therefore decided to become a freelance Bible teacher. He taught that the doctrine of the Trinity...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Christian Science

    12/10/2013 7:53:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Christian Science 1328. What is your judgment of Christian Science? I regard it as a violation of Christian teaching as well as of science and reason. Those good people who take it up so enthusiastically have not lost their attachment to a vague Christian sentiment, but they have lost their grip on the fundamental truths of Christianity, and have no real idea of science and the demands of logic. Mrs. Eddy, the accepted prophetess who gave this new religion to the world in 1875, denied that Jesus is the Eternal Son of God made man. Mr. H. A. L....
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Spiritualism

    12/09/2013 10:15:36 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Spiritualism 1318. How does the Roman Catholic Church view Spiritualism? On April 24th, 1917, the Holy See issued the following decree: "It is not lawful to assist at any spiritualistic meetings, conversations with spirits, or manifestations of spirits. It matters not whether a medium be present or not, nor whether the meeting seems to be above board and apparently conducted from motives of piety. A Catholic may not be present at such meetings even as an onlooker, let alone asking questions of departed spirits and listening to their supposed replies."1319. How do you account for the supernatural powers of...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Salvation Army

    12/08/2013 2:47:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Salvation Army 1312. Does the Catholic Church recognize the Salvation Army as in any way representative of genuine Christianity? No. As a religious body the Salvation Army is a form of Protestantism which the Catholic Church cannot but reject. It was founded by William Booth, an ex-Wesleyan minister. Disagreeing with Methodist ways, he left the Wesleyans in 1861 to become an independent evangelist. In 1865 he and his wife began to devote themselves to street preaching and rescue work in the slums of London. In 1877 he organized his converts into the Salvation Army, with himself as General, with...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Apostolic Church or Irvingites

    11/24/2013 4:10:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Apostolic Church or Irvingites 1308. Do you recognise the "Catholic Apostolic Church" of the Irvingites? We recognize it merely as a comparatively new Protestant sect which really commenced its existence in 1835.1309. How did this Church originate? Its history must begin with the Rev. Edward Irving who was born in 1792. Irving became a Presbyterian minister who preached with great success in Glasgow and London. He was of a mystical turn of mind, and got deeply interested in Biblical prophecies. As a result he began to preach the imminent coming of Christ, enkindling considerable excitement.In 1833 he was deposed...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Plymouth Brethren

    11/08/2013 5:47:40 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Plymouth Brethren 1305. Who founded the Plymouth Brethren? This sect owes its origin to a Rev. John Nelson Darby, who was an Anglican clergyman in Ireland. He was an extremely Low Churchman, very Protestant in his outlook, and with a horror of the Catholic Church. Disgusted by the growing High Church tendencies associated with the Oxford Movement, he left Anglicanism in order to become a Protestant evangelist unattached to any Church. A pronounced "Bible-only" man, he began to preach a strict literalism in the interpretation of Scripture, even of the most mystical and symbolical passages. In 1827 he began to...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Seventh Day Adventists

    11/05/2013 7:36:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Seventh Day Adventists 1301. In observing Sunday instead of Saturday the Roman Catholic Church is at variance with Scripture. If Holy Scripture insisted that followers of Christ must observe Saturday, and not Sunday, then the Catholic Church would indeed be at variance with Scripture. But the Bible nowhere so much as hints that the followers of Christ must observe Saturday.1302. If one wants the religion of Christ, he must become a Seventh Day Adventist. If one really wishes for the religion of Christ, he certainly could not become a Seventh Day Adventist. If you believe in Christ, you must believe...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Baptists

    11/01/2013 2:27:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Baptists 1297. I am a Baptist, and I believe that St. John the Baptist himself was the founder of our Church. You are mistaken in that; and in any case such an origin would be of no real value for one who professes to be a Christian. The New Testament insists that we must follow Christ, not St. John the Baptist. For the preaching of John the Baptist was essentially a preparation for Christ. He himself told his followers not to remain his disciples, but to become disciples of Christ. "He must increase," he said, "and I must decrease." To...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Church of Christ

    10/30/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 54 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Church of Christ 1293. Is not the "Church of Christ" the only true name for a Church mentioned in the Bible? No. Christ described His Church in very many significant ways—all of which apply to the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church only.1294. The "Church of Christ" was established on the Day of Pentecost. The true Church of Christ commenced then, but not what are called the Protestant "Churches of Christ." These can be traced back to a Rev. Alexander Campbell, who was born in 1788, and who was originally a Presbyterian. As Mr. Campbell grew up, he pressed...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Methodism

    10/28/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Cardy
    Methodism 1292. Are not Methodists very sincere people? Many of them are. There are sincere people in every Church. But the Methodist Church cannot be the true Church of Christ. Traced back historically, it merges into Anglicanism. In 1728 John Wesley was ordained as an Anglican clergyman. He gathered together a group of earnest Anglicans who met for study and prayer, and who lived according to such strict rules that they were called"Methodists." They had no intention of leaving the Church of England. In 1738 John Wesley began his campaign as a revivalist preacher, and the hostility of Anglican...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Presbyterianism

    10/27/2013 1:13:01 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Cardy
    Presbyterianism 1291. Whence came Presbyterianism? Presbyterianism was founded by John Knox in Scotland. John Knox was a Catholic priest who had thrown in his lot with John Calvin at Geneva. He began to preach Calvinistic Protestantism in Scotland about the year 1555. He was expelled from the country, but returned in 1559. By Acts of the Scottish Parliament, Protestantism under the form preached by John Knox was made the established religion of Scotland in 1560. Presbyterianism, therefore, was founded by John Knox, and dates from 1560 as an organized Church.
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The "Free" or "Nonconformist" Churches

    10/19/2013 1:38:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Cardy
    The "Free" or "Nonconformist" Churches 1289. I have heard it said that the Free Churches could not have withstood the onslaughts of Rome had it not been forthe Anglican Church. Never was a statement farther from the truth. The very term "Free Churches" arose from a refusal to submit to Elizabeth's "Act of Uniformity in Religion" by which she tried to make all Englishmen submit to the Anglican Church. Protestants who refused to submit were called "Nonconformists."They would not conform to the Established Church any more than Catholics. They wanted Churches free from Rome, but also free from domination...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Anglican Episcopal Church

    10/13/2013 7:00:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Catholic Apologetics Online ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Anglican Episcopal Church 1269. I was taught by my parents that the Church of England has always been a distinct Church on its own right from the second century. Your parents apparently belonged to that school of Anglicans which refuses to admit that the Church of England originated only at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Those who belong to that school of thought persuade themselves that the present Anglican Church is one and the same as the Church which was established in England by the first Christian missionaries to that country. But this theory cannot stand the test...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Greek Orthodox Church

    02/02/2013 9:51:00 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Greek Orthodox Church 1254. What is the Greek Orthodox Church? There are some 16 different Orthodox Churches existing independently of one another. After the first really definite break with Rome when Photius, Patriarch of Constantinople, left the Catholic Church in the ninth century, the Eastern Church followed in the path of all schismatical Churches, splitting up into further divisions. Eight of these separate sections of Orthodoxy have their own Patriarchs, namely, Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople, Bulgaria, Rumania, Russia, and Servia. The others lack definite rule. The term "Greek Orthodox Church" is popularly applied to any or all of these Churches;...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Coptic Church

    12/09/2012 6:07:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Coptic Church 1251. I have read recently that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic faith, the earliest sect of the Christian denominations, to which all the Christian world adhered until the rise of the Church of Rome. It is true that the Abyssinians belonged to the Coptic Church. But the rest of the statement is erroneous. Firstly, a sect is a group of dissentient people who abandon a previous position in order to set up a new form of Church. If the Coptic Church were the original Church to which the whole Christian world adhered, then it is not a...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Eutychianism

    12/02/2012 1:57:19 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Eutychianism 1249. What was the Eutychian heresy? Eutyches was the Superior of a Monastery in Constantinople who strongly opposed Nestorius. Unhappily his reaction against the errors of Nestorius led him into an opposite error. The Catholic doctrine teaches that in Christ there is one Person only, that of the Eternal Son of God, and two natures, the one Divine and the other human. Nestorius had wanted two persons and two natures. Eutyches, to safeguard the one Person of Christ, taught that the human nature was so absorbed into the Divine Nature as to lose its identity, so that as a...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Nestorianism

    11/18/2012 1:22:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Nestorianism 1248. Will you explain the teachings of Nestorius? As opposed to the Arians who would not admit that Christ was God, Nestorius insisted that we must adore Christ as God. But in explaining how Christ is God, he fell into error; and as he had become Patriarch of Constantinople in 428 A.D., his very influence demanded immediate decision by the Church. Nestorius said that we must adore Christ as God because God dwelt in Christ. However we could not identify Christ with God, and apart from the indwelling of God within Him, Christ was a merely human Person. There...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Arianism

    11/17/2012 12:45:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Arianism 1247. What was the heresy of Arius? Arius was born in Lybia in 256 A.D., and was ordained a Catholic priest in 313 A.D. In the year 318, at the Synod of Alexandria, the Patriarch of that city gave a discourse on the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity. Arius declared that the Patriarch had fallen into error, and proceeded to set out his own ideas of Christian doctrine. He denied that Christ was really the Eternal Son of God, equally sharing in the Divine Nature with the Father. According to him, the Person of Christ existed before all...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Manichaeism

    11/04/2012 4:10:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Manichaeism 1246. What was Manichaeism? Manichaeism tried to blend Indian and Persian philosophy and mythology with Christian doctrine. It commenced in the third century, became very widespread, but split up, and lingered on until the thirteenth century in various forms, the chief of its later forms being Albigensianism. It therefore had a long run of nearly ten centuries. Encoding copyright 2009 by Frederick Manligas Nacino. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 http://www.celledoor.com/cpdv-ebe/
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Gnosticism

    10/28/2012 6:50:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Gnosticism 1245. What was Gnosticism? Gnosticism arose in the second century, being a blend of Greek philosophy and pagan mythology with Christian doctrine. It split up into many independent heresies such as Marcionism and Montanism, and lingered on until about the seventh century. The history of most of these heresies is much the same. Protected by civil authority in many cases, each became fairly widespread, or even very widespread; then split up into warring sections, and eventually died out, or lingered on in a state of stagnation. Encoding copyright 2009 by Frederick Manligas Nacino. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Defections From the Catholic Church

    10/14/2012 6:20:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Defections From the Catholic Church 1243. How many were the major forms of defection from the Catholic Church since the time of the Apostles? As a general estimate, I would say seven, namely, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Greek Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. I have given them in the order of their appearance on the stage of history. 1244. What was the principle cause of desertion in each case? That is a very comprehensive question, and I can but give here a general answer. In each case the dissident movement began either in a denial of the teachings of the Catholic...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Action

    08/04/2012 10:29:13 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Action 1237. Would you kindly explain in detail the aims and objects of Catholic Action? The aim of Catholic Action is the same as that of the Church — the salvation of souls, and the establishing of the reign of Jesus Christ in all phases of individual, family, and social life, so that Christ is ever better known, loved, and served by men. The object is to secure the coordinated action of the Catholic laity in union with, and under the direction of the Bishops for the defense of religious and moral principles, and for the development of a...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Capital Punishment

    08/03/2012 10:38:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Capital Punishment 1231. You insist that the State has the right to inflict capital punishment? The State possesses the right on the same principle as an individual who may kill an unjust aggressor, if there be no other efficacious way in which to preserve his own life. Those whose crimes gravely threaten the well-being of society may be put to death by social authority when lesser penalties prove inefficacious as a control upon them. God Himself sanctioned this law in Hebrew society, and it is entirely reasonable. If the extreme penalty could not be lawfully inflicted by the State upon...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Church and Peace

    04/17/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Church and Peace 1204. Your Church seems to be "anti" every effort to give peace on earth and good will towards men in practice. No one could write those words save one who has little or no knowledge of the attitude of the Catholic Church towards the problem of peace. 1205. Your Church is in a wonderful position to bring about peace, if it liked. The Catholic Church could be in a wonderful position to do so, if only the nations would accept her advice and submit to her rulings. Don't forget that, at the beginning of the last...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Morality of War

    04/01/2012 11:45:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Morality of War 1178. Is war justifiable under any circumstances according to the will of Christ? If all men did the will of Christ there would be no war. But if some people refuse to do the will of Christ, those who desire to fulfill His will may be compelled to fight and may quite lawfully do so. 1179. Did not Christ counsel meekness, and say that if we are smitten on one cheek, we should turn the other? An individual is free to practice heroic meekness where his own rights are concerned, if he so desires. But, when smitten...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Fascist State

    03/25/2012 1:00:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 5+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Fascist State 1163. Do Roman Catholics place the Pope before the King? What would you say were I to ask you, "Does a Protestant boy place his father before the King?" If you reasoned rightly you would say, "In some things he does; in other things he does not." You see, two different factors come into the case, and it is illogical to jump from one to the other in the same breath. The boy would owe filial piety to his father, and civic loyalty to his King. So, too, Catholics owe spiritual allegiance to the Pope, and civic...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Communism Condemned

    03/17/2012 8:07:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Communism Condemned 1139. Why does not the Church accept Socialism? She cannot accept a system which is based upon merely materialistic views of humanity, as if man were composed of body only, and did not possess an immortal soul, nor have any prospects of a future life. Also Socialism in practice, instead of making your lot any better, would reduce thousands of others to the same distressing state. The Church advocates strongly both social justice and social charity, two things conspicuously absent from the world today. Her principles would mean many reforms in the socialistic direction. But she cannot sanction...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Remedy for Social Ills

    12/10/2011 10:29:30 PM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Remedy for Social Ills 1131. Will the Catholic Church tell us how we can get peace on earth while the material conditions of the present economic order pit men against men and nations against nations? The material conditions of the present economic order are not alone to blame for social discord. The psychological factor of selfishness enters largely into the question. But the faults and the injustice of the present economic order do occasion immense distress, and the peace of all is not possible while things remain as they are. Let me quote to you Pope Pius XI. In...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholic Attitude Towards Capitalism

    12/08/2011 8:33:03 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholic Attitude Towards Capitalism 1113. Is it not a fact that the Church even opposes many wise reforms merely from ignorance or unwillingness to accept up-to-date ideas? That is not a fact. The Church has many of her clergy devoting their lives to sociological study, who are experts in such subjects. They are neither ignorant, nor in the least unwilling to abandon out-of-date ideas. But they insist upon weighing new ideas on their own merits and if they oppose some of them, they but seem to be opposing wise ideas to those who have not sufficiently studied the matter. 1114....
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Church and World Distress

    12/07/2011 8:26:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Church and World Distress 1096. The real business of life is to alter the form of society, by revolution if necessary, and give everybody a fair share of the good things kept by the lucky few. So please discuss that. Altering the form of society will be useless unless you alter the human beings composing that society. Give everybody an equal share of the "good things of this world" tomorrow, and inequalities will at once begin to develop. Envy, jealousy, dishonesty, laziness, dissipation, immorality, imprudence, and every kind of excess, will still be there. Some will accumulate, others recklessly...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Education Question

    12/06/2011 12:13:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Education Question 1092. Speaking of education, what is the real reason for Catholic antipathy to our state schools? Whatever others may think of our public policy of free, compulsory, and secular education, Catholics cannot in conscience accept that system as being suitable for the education of Catholic children. The real reason is that the religious training of the children is not sufficiently provided for, the time allotted for religion being quite inadequate, even were it utilized. The State system demands the "3 R's," reading, writing and arithmetic. Catholic principles demand the "4 R's," religion, reading, writing and arithmetic; and...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Social Influence of the Church

    12/04/2011 9:03:46 PM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Social Influence of the Church 1090. Why is it that countries in which Roman Catholicism predominates as a religion are now socially and economically decadent? That question is far too vague, and takes altogether too much for granted. I must ask you to state precisely which countries you have in mind. It is possible that there is a country in which "Roman Catholicism" predominates, yet which is not socially and economically decadent. It is possible that there are countries which are socially and economically decadent, but in which non-Catholic forms of religion predominate. And it is even possible that there...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Scapular

    12/03/2011 8:12:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 6+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Scapular 1082. I read in a Catholic paper that those who wear the brown scapular of our Lady will not go to hell and will be released from purgatory the first Saturday after their death. Your difficulties show that this brief statement was given without the explanation with which Catholics are familiar. 1083. Now I ask you, do you believe, as a man and a priest, that a scapular has such magic power? I certainly do not believe that a scapular has any magic power. Nor does any Catholic. Nevertheless, I myself wear a brown scapular, and hope to...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Lourdes Water

    12/02/2011 6:21:02 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 4+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Lourdes Water 1081. What is Lourdes Water? And can it cure people anywhere? What is known as Lourdes Water, is quite ordinary water, except that it has been brought from Lourdes, in France, being taken from the flowing spring there where God has wrought so many undoubted miracles. Lourdes Water, therefore, contains no naturally curative or medicinal properties. The waters do not cause the cures. It is God who does so, on certain occasions when the waters are applied to sick people. Now God is everywhere, and just as present to people here in our country as to people who...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Rosary

    12/01/2011 8:09:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Rosary 1076. Why is the Rosary so necessary in the Roman Catholic religion? The Rosary is not a necessary part of the Catholic religion. It is a very useful form of devotion which Catholics are free to adopt or not. Most Catholics are wise enough to adopt it, and the Church makes use of it in her evening devotions very often. 1077. For what reasons are Rosary Beads used by Catholics? In what is known as the Rosary, one undertakes to meditate on each of several aspects of the life and sufferings of Christ, each meditation lasting as long...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Candles and Votive Lamps

    11/30/2011 8:30:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Candles and Votive Lamps 1074. Where in the Bible did Jesus tell His disciples to teach us to burn candles for our dead? Nowhere. Yet the Bible recommends prayer for the dead, and nowhere forbids the burning of a candle from religious motives as an expression of prayer and a symbol of our belief in Christ as the Light of the World. 1075. I have read in a Catholic paper of the Votive Lamp system, and would like to know something about it. You are welcome to ask any questions you wish about Catholic teachings or practices. But there is...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Burial Rites

    09/19/2011 8:01:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Burial Rites 1070. Is the Catholic burial service in any way designed to benefit the soul of the departed? Most decidedly. In fact, abstracting from the fact that it is essentially a part of our liturgical worship offered to God and a bond of union between living members of the visible Church on earth, the whole of the service is one of prayer for the soul of the departed person, imploring God's mercy for that soul, forgiveness of his sins, an early deliverance from expiations due to past infidelities, and a more generous share in the happiness of heaven insofar...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Liturgical Days

    09/18/2011 2:12:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Liturgical Days 1062. Christmas Day is always on December 25th. Why are not our Lord's death and resurrection celebrated on the same day each year? For the sake of convenience, the world has forsaken the Jewish Calendar, which is based on the movement of the moon round the earth, in favor of the Roman Calendar, based on the movement of the earth round the sun. Now the normal procedure of the Church is to arrange her festival days according to the accepted Roman Calendar. By way of exception, however, the Church retains the Jewish Calendar for the celebration of Christ's...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Catholics and "Mother's Day"

    09/11/2011 2:31:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Catholics and "Mother's Day" 1054. Is the Catholic Church opposed to the observance of "Mother's Day"? All depends upon the manner of its observance. The modern "Mother's Day" celebration was originated by an American girl named Miss Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, U.S.A. On one occasion, while placing a wreath of flowers on her mother's grave, she got the notion that people should wear a white flower on some yearly anniversary in honor of a living mother, instead of waiting to pay the tribute of putting flowers on her grave. It was a pretty sentiment, though quite detached from religious motives....