Online ebook: “Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary”

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  • Confraternity Bible: New Testament and Supplemental Commentary; featuring The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: a Revision of the Challoner-Rheims Version (1941), also known as The New Testament, Confraternity Edition, and its companion work by the Catholic Biblical Association, A Commentary on the New Testament (1942). May be read online on this page of Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine (28 December 2017 snapshot of the sadly defunct website Confraternity Bible), which states: “This transcription was made with the understanding that the original copyrights for these two works were not renewed and that they have since entered the Public Domain.”
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“Then there are other assailants of Holy Scripture who misuse principles… in order to overturn the fundamental truth of the Bible and thus destroy Catholic teaching handed down by the Fathers… They refuse to allow that the things which Christ said or did have come down to us unchanged and entire through witnesses who carefully committed to writing what they themselves had seen or heard…; yet of it one wrote: “He who saw it has borne witness, and his witness is true; and he knows that he tells the truth, and you also may believe” (Jn. 19:35).” (Pope Benedict XV, Encyclical “Spiritus Paraclitus”, 26-27)

“Those divinely revealed realities which are contained and presented in Sacred Scripture have been committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For holy mother Church, relying on the belief of the Apostles (…), holds that the books of both the Old and New Testaments in their entirety, with all their parts, are sacred and canonical because written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.” (Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution “Dei Verbum”, 11)

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Online text: “Conceptual Foundations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, by Dr. Thomas Finegan

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  • “Conceptual Foundations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Human Rights, Human Dignity and Personhood”, by Dr. Thomas Finegan, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 37 (2012), pp. 182-218. Available in pdf format at the Australasian Legal Information Institute.

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Online text: “On Promotion of Catholic Missions”, by Pope Pius XII

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“What, therefore, you worship without knowing it, that I preach to you. God, who made the world and all things therein, he being Lord of heaven and earth… hath made of one, all mankind, to dwell upon the whole face of the earth… That they should seek God, if haply they may feel after him or find him: although he be not far from every one of us. For in him we live, and move, and have our being…” (Acts xvii, 23-24, 26-28)

Free ebook: “The Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God”, by J.D. Bryant

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  • The Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God: A Dogma of the Catholic Church, by J.D. Bryant, M.D. (Boston: P. Donahoe, 1855). With episcopal approbation. [N.B., The index page states the author’s full name to be John Delavan Bryant.] May be read online, and available in various formats (mobi/kindle, epub, pdf, etc.), at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library. Also available on this page at Hathi Trust Digital Library.

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“And the Lord God said to the serpent… I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in ambush at her heels.” (Genesis iii, 14-15)

Online text: “Catholic Action: A Particular Lay Vocation”, by Father Pietro Baudena

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  • Catholic Action: A Particular Lay Vocation, 2nd improved edition, by Father Pietro Baudena, MC and CA leaders of Nyeri Metropolitan Dioceses (2004). Also identified as: The ABC of Catholic Action, by Nyeri Metropolitan, Kenya. Available in pdf format at International Forum Catholic Action.

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Online ebook: “The Preparation of the Incarnation”, by Henry James Coleridge

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  • The Preparation of the Incarnation, by Henry James Coleridge, S.J. (London: Burns and Oates, 1885). Available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. Also available at Forgotten Books (with some pages limited to members).

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Free ebook: “Sermons Delivered before Mixed Congregations”, by Henry B. Altmeyer

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  • Sermons Delivered before Mixed Congregations: Embracing Apologetics, Catholic Faith and Christian Morals, Intended for Infidels, Protestants and Catholics, by Henry B. Altmeyer [d. 1930] (Huntington, W. Va.: Standard Printing & Publishing Company, 1911). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive, and a 3rd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library; and also available at HathiTrust Digital Library.

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  • The Bible and the Rule of Faith, by Abbe Louis Nazaire Bégin, translated by G.M. Ward (London, Burns and Oates; Quebec: John Barrow, 1875). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Book of Armaments: Defending Your Catholic Faith, by Gary Michuta (Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center). 284 pages. Available in PDF format (on this page) at the Saint Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church, and at Scribd.com.
  • Catholic Apologetics Guide 101: Scriptural Reference for Catholic Apologetics, by Godwin Delali Adadzie or GADEL (Ghana: Sts. Peter and Paul Catechism Ministry, 2007-2009). Available in PDF format on this page of the Saint Patrick’s Basilica ebooks library; on this page of Stay Catholic. Also available at Scribd (linked by this page of Are Catholic Christian?); at WattPad; at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive (3 February 2015 snapshot of the defunct Sts. Peter and Paul Catechism Ministry website, which has moved to Cathoolic); and on the old webpage of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catechism Ministry.
  • The Catholic Controversy, by Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, translated by Rev. Henry Benedict Mackey, O.S.B.  (London: Burns and Oates, 1886). May be read online at Good Catholic Books. The 3rd revised and augmented edition, with an excellent translator’s preface (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers; London: Burns and Oates, 1909) (Library of St. Francis De Sales, volume III) is available in various formats at Internet Archive.
  • Catholic Controversy: a Reply to Dr. Littledale’s Plain Reasons, by Henry Ignatius Dudley Ryder, 1837-1907 (London: Burns and Oates, 1881). Available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). The 1889 edition (London: Burns & Oates; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1889) is available on Open Library and Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: National Institute for Newman Studies; Book contributor: Saint Mary’s College of California).
  • The Catholic Doctrine of the Eucharist: demonstrably proved from Scripture, from Tradition, and from the writings of some of the most eminent Catholic and Protestant authors who have treated on the subject; in sixteen letters, with notes and appendices, addressed to the Lord Bishop of Exeter; and dedicated by permission to His Imperial and Royal Majesty the Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Bohemia, etc., by M.D. Talbot (London: T. Jones, 1844). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Catholic Understanding of Justification, Sanctification, and Grace Compared with the Protestant, by Msgr. Lawrence Moran and Ronald J. Eldred. 98 pages. Available in PDF format through this page of Reasons to Believe: Catholic Apologetics.
  • The Chief Points of Difference between the Catholic and Protestant Creeds, by Rev. F. Laun (New York: Joseph F. Wagner, 1915). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Faith of Catholics: On Certain Points of Controversy, Confirmed by Scripture, and Attested by the Fathers of the Five First Centuries of the Church, Volume 1, 3rd enlarged edition, compiled by Revs. Joseph Berington and John Kirk, revised and recast by the Rev. James Waterworth, with Preface, corrections, and additions by the Right Rev. Monsignor Thomas John Capel (Ratisbon, Rome, New York, Cincinnati: Frederick Pustet & Co., 1909). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive. The 2nd edition (1885) is available at Internet Archive.
  • The Faith of Catholics: On Certain Points of Controversy, Confirmed by Scripture, and Attested by the Fathers of the Five First Centuries of the Church, Volume 2, 5th revised and enlarged edition, compiled by Revs. Joseph Berington and John Kirk, revised and recast by the Rev. James Waterworth, with Preface, corrections, and additions by the Right Rev. Monsignor Thomas John Capel (Ratisbon, Rome, New York, Cincinnati: Frederick Pustet & Co., [1910]). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive. The 2nd edition (1884) is available at Internet Archive.
  • The Faith of Catholics: On Certain Points of Controversy, Confirmed by Scripture, and Attested by the Fathers of the Five First Centuries of the Church, Volume 3, 5th revised and enlarged edition, compiled by Revs. Joseph Berington and John Kirk, revised and recast by the Rev. James Waterworth, with Preface, corrections, and additions by the Right Rev. Monsignor Thomas John Capel (Ratisbon, Rome, New York, Cincinnati: Frederick Pustet & Co., [1910]). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive. The 2nd edition (1884) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Path which Led a Protestant Lawyer to the Catholic Church, by Peter H. Burnet (New York, London: D. Appleton and Company, 1860). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, djvu, txt, and Daisy formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd (inferior) copy at Open Library and Internet Archive; and at Hathi Trust Digital Library. Another edition (New York, Benziger Brothers, 1871 [c1859]) is available at Hathi Trust Digital Library. [N.B., This work provides a proof of the Catholic Faith using the method of legal investigation. The summary by the New York Times (10 March 1860) states that the author “resolved… to pursue the investigation [of Catholic and Protestant claims] for himself, which he did for about a year and a half, the result being his full conversion to the Roman Catholic faith.”] [N.B.2, In indexing this work, we do not endorse the author’s problematic views on secular matters.]

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Free ebook: “The Miraculous Medal”, by M. Aladel

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  • The Conversion of Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne: Original Narrative of Baron Theodore de Bussieres; Followed by a Letter from Mr. Ratisbonne to Rev. Mr. Dufriche-Desgenettes, Cure of Notre Dame des Victoires at Paris, edited by the Rev. W. Lockhart (New York: T.W. Strong). With an 1842 declaration. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Externals of the Catholic Church: Her Government, Ceremonies, Festivals, Sacramentals, and Devotions, by Rev. John Francis Sullivan (New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1917). With Imprimatur. May be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). The 2nd edition with Imprimatur, revised to conform to the new code of canon law (New York: P. J. Kenedy & sons, 1918), may be read online or downloaded in multiple formats at Open Library. [See Chapter ii: “The Cardinals and the Roman Court”.]
  • Illustrated Explanation of the Holy Sacraments: A Complete Exposition of the Sacraments and the Sacramentals of the Church, adapted from the original of Rev. Hermann Rolfus, with a reflection and practice on each sacrament, by Very Rev. Ferreol Girardey (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898). With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • The Sacramentals of the Holy Catholic Church, by Rev. A.A. Lambing (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1892). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in multiple formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive, Internet Archive (2nd copy), Internet Archive (3rd copy), Internet Archive (4th copy) and Internet Archive (5th copy).
  • Sacred Signs, by Romano Guardini, translated and with a preface by Grace Branham (St. Louis, Mo.: Pio Decimo Press, 1956). With Imprimatur. A reprint by Fr. Peter Kwasniewski (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015) may be purchased at Amazon.com and Amazon.de. Sections from the book entitled “Evening” and “Kneeling” may be read at the New Liturgical Movement.
  • The Visible Church, Her Government, Ceremonies, Sacramentals, Festivals and Devotions, a Compendium of “The Externals of the Catholic Church”, 5th ed., rev., by Rev. John F. Sullivan; with 120 illustrations from pen drawings by the author. (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). Available at Open Library.

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“And I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in ambush at her heels.” (Genesis iii, 15)

Online text: “The Feast of Christ the King”, by Pope Pius XI

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On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). Viva Cristo Rey!

“Yours is to be the same mind which Christ Jesus shewed. His nature is, from the first, divine, and yet he did not see, in the rank of Godhead, a prize to be coveted; he dispossessed himself, and took the nature of a slave, fashioned in the likeness of men, and presenting himself to us in human form; and then he lowered his own dignity, accepted an obedience which brought him to death, death on a cross. That is why God has raised him to such a height, given him that name which is greater than any other name; so that everything in heaven and on earth and under the earth must bend the knee before the name of Jesus, and every tongue must confess Jesus Christ as the Lord, dwelling in the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-7)

“If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.” (Pope Pius XI, Encyclical “Quas Primas”)

Online text: “Human Persons Created in the Image of God”, by the International Theological Commission

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  • Disputed Questions in Evolutionary Creation, essays by various Dominican friars and scholars. Available in pdf format or may be read online through this page of Thomistic Evolution. [Comprise introductory essays on the relationship of faith and reason, as well as essays on natural theology, revealed theology, and Catholic theology and evolution.]
    • The Spanish versions of the essays, collected as Cuestiones disputadas en la creación evolutiva, are available in pdf format through this page. of Thomistic Evolution.
    • The essays appear have been printed as Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic Approach to Understanding Evolution in the Light of Faith, by Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, James Brent, OP, Thomas Davenport, OP, and John Baptist Ku, OP. (Cluny Media, 2016), which may be purchased on this page of Cluny Media; and at Amazon.com.
  • Thomistic Evolution: A Catholic Approach to Understanding Evolution in the Light of Faith, by Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, OP, James Brent, OP, Thomas Davenport, OP, and John Baptist Ku, OP. (Cluny Media, 2016). The paperback edition may be purchased on this page of Cluny Media; and the kindle and paperback editions may be purchased at Amazon.com.
    • One may also read “In Defense of Thomistic Evolution: A Response to Chaberek”, by Nicanor Austriaco, OP (March 7, 2018) at The Public Discourse, which seeks to refute the assertion by Fr. Michael Chaberek, O.P. that Thomism and evolutionary theory are incompatible.
    • For an entirely different perspective, a creationist critique of the book may be read at the Kolbe Center: “’Thomistic Evolution’: Development of Doctrine or Diabolical Deception?”, by Eric Bermingham, with an Introduction and a conclusion by Fr. Thomas Hickey. [N.B., Although we ourselves subscribe to the thesis that the Darwinian theory of evolution is not incompatible with Catholic Tradition and its Thomist elucidation, this essay is noted herein on the ground that its alternative opinion is likewise not incompatible, and in observance of the principle audi partem alteram.]

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“[T]he gist of the theory of evolution as a scientific hypothesis… is in perfect agreement with the Christian conception of the universe; for Scripture does not tell us in what form the present species of plants and of animals were originally created by God.

“The theory of evolution as a philosophical conception [which] considers the entire history of the cosmos as an harmonious development, brought about by natural laws… is in agreement with the Christian view of the universe. God is the Creator of heaven and earth. If God produced the universe by a single creative act of His will, then its natural development by laws implanted in it by the Creator is to the greater glory of His Divine power and wisdom…

“In the light of this principle of the Christian interpretation of nature, the history of the animal and vegetable kingdoms on our planet is, as it were, a versicle in a volume of a million pages in which the natural development of the cosmos is described, and upon whose title-page is written: ‘In the beginning God created heaven and earth.'”

(Erich Wasmann, Catholics and Evolution“, in The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 5 [New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909], at New Advent [Copyright © 2017 by Kevin Knight])