Catholic Truth Societies
The Catholic Truth Society was initiated by Doctor (afterwards Cardinal) Vaughan when rector of Saint Joseph's Missionary College, and practically ceased to exist after 1872.
Later Dr Vaughan, as Bishop of Salford, became acquainted with the labors of some priests and laymen who were distributing cards of prayers and with them he reorganized the society in 1884.
The aims of the society are: the spreading, among Catholics, of small devotional works, and; among Protestants, of information concerning the Catholic faith and practises; the aiding of the uneducated poor in obtaining a better knowledge of their religion; and the promoting of the circulation of good and inexpensive Catholic literature.
A certain proportion of the society's publications must needs be exposures of the fictions propagated in England by Protestants, as well as considerations of the Anglican claims, but the publication for Catholics of devotional and educational works, at nominal prices, is the chief object.
The society has published a great number of pamphlets and books containing prayers, daily meditations, histories of religions, arguments against rationalists, lives of Catholic men of science, stories for young people, etc.; this work is supported by subscriptions, as the nominal sum charged for the publications could not defray the expenses.
For seventeen years the society held an annual Catholic conference which, since 1910, has been merged in the National Catholic Congress.
The highest ecclesiastical authorities have given the Catholic Truth Society their cordial approval and support, and it is indulgenced by the Holy See.
The Catholic Truth Society of Ireland was organized at the meeting of Maynooth Union in 1899 for the purpose of printing and distributing edifying and instructive Catholic literature, both to create a taste for wholesome literature and to present an antidote against the poison of dangerous or immoral writings.
The society has received the earnest support of the hierarchy and laity of Ireland, and, besides religious national, historical, and biographical publications, has made an interesting experiment in printing a prayer book and other works in Gaelic.
The Australian Catholic Truth Society was started in 1904, has its headquarters in Melbourne, and has been active in the dissemination of sound Catholic literature and in the spreading of publications that are an antidote to works subversive of faith and morals.
IN THE UNITED STATES
The official title is the International Catholic Truth Society.
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