Rev. Dr. Leslie Rumble, M.S.C.
"I was brought up as a Protestant,
probably with more inherited prejudices than most non-Catholics
of these days. My parents were Anglican and taught me the
Angelican faith. My 'broad-minded' protestant teachers taught
me to dislike the Catholic Church intensely. I later tried Protestantism
in various other forms, and it is some thirty years since, in
God's providence, I became a Catholic. As for the 'open,
free, sincere worship' of a Protestant Church, I tasted it, but
for me it proved in the end to be not only open,
but empty; it was altogether too free from God's prescriptions."
Eventually, Leslie became a
priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
In 1928, Fr. Rumble began
a one-hour 'Question Box' program on 2SM Sydney, N.S.W. radio
on Sunday evenings that was heard all over Australia and New
Zealand. For five years he answered questions on every subject
imaginable that had been written to him from all over that part
of the globe. His first show began with a classic introduction:
"Good evening, listeners
all. For some time I have been promising to give a session
dealing with questions of religion and morality, in which
the listeners themselves should decide what is of interest
to them. Such a session will commence next Sunday evening,
and I invite you to send in any questions you wish on these
subjects . . . So now I invite you, non-Catholics above all,
to send in any questions you wish on religion, or morality,
or the Catholic Church, and I shall explain exactly the
Catholic position, and give the reasons for it. In fact I almost
demand those questions. Many hard things have been said, and
are still being said, about the Catholic Church, though no criminal,
has been so abused, that she has a right to be heard. I
do not ask that you give your name and address. A nom
de plume will do. Call yourself Voltaire, Confucius, X.Y.Z.,
what you like, so long as you give indication enough to recognize
"By the summer of 1937,
the first edition of Radio Replies was already in print
in Australia, financed by Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Meany,
P.P. - the director of Station 2SM of whom I am greatly
"I have often been
mistaken, as most men at times. And it is precisely to make sure
that I will not be mistaken in the supremely important
matter of religion that I cling to a Church which cannot be mistaken,
but must be right where I might be wrong. God knew that so many
sincere men would make mistakes that He deliberately established
an infallible Church to preserve them from error where it was
most important that they should not go wrong."
Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty
I broadcast my radio program,
the Catholic Radio Hour, from St. Paul, Minnesota.
I was also carrying on as a
Catholic Campaigner for Christ, the Apostolate to the man in
the street through the medium of my trailer and loud-speaking
system. In the distribution of pamphlets and books on the Catholic
Faith, Radio Replies proved the most talked of book carried
in my trailer display of Catholic literature. As many of us street
preachers have learned, it is not so much what you say over the
microphone in answer to questions from open air listeners, but
what you get into their hands to read. The questions Fr. Rumble
had to answer on the other side of the planet are same the questions
I had to answer before friendly and hostile audiences throughout
my summer campaign."
I realized that this priest
in Australia was doing exactly the same work I was doing
here in St. Paul. Because of the success of his book, plus
the delay in getting copies from Sydney and the prohibitive cost
of the book on this side of the universe, I got
in contact with him to publish a cheap American edition.
It doesn't take long for the
imagination to start thinking about how much we could actually
do. We began the Radio Replies Press Society Publishing Company,
finished the American edition of what was to be the first volume
of Radio Replies, recieved the necessary imprimatur,
and Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen agreed to write a preface.
About a year after the publication of the
first edition in Australia, we had the American edition out and
in people's hands.
The book turned into a phenomena.
Letters began pouring into my office from every corner of the
United States; Protestant Publishing Houses are requesting
copies for distribution to Protestant Seminaries; a few Catholic
Seminaries have adopted it as an official textbook - and
I had still never met Dr. Rumble in person.
To keep a long story short,
we finally got a chance to meet, published volumes two and
three of Radio Replies, printed a set of ten booklets
on subjects people most often asked about, and a few other pamphlets
on subjects of interest to us.
Fr. Carty died on May 22, 1964
"Firstly, since God
is the Author of all truth, nothing that is definitely true can
every really contradict anything else that is definitely true.
Secondly, the Catholic Church is definitely true. It therefore
follows that no objection or difficulty, whether drawn from
history, Scripture, science, or philosophy, can provide a valid
argument against the truth of the Catholic religion."
Biographies compiled from the introductions to Radio Replies,
volumes 1, 2 and 3.