Catholic Truth Society

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Catholic Truth Society (CTS) is a body that prints and publishes Catholic literature, including apologetics but also prayerbooks, spiritual reading, lives of saints and so forth. It is based in London in the United Kingdom.

Catholic Truth Society literature stand at St Pancras Church, Ipswich

The CTS had been originally founded in 1868 by Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, but became defunct when he was made a bishop, since he no longer had time to devote to it. Some years later, others came up with the same idea and were directed to Vaughan, who suggested that they revive the defunct body.[1][not in citation given]

Accordingly, the organization was refounded on November 5, 1884, under the presidency of Cardinal Vaughan, with Msgr. W. H. Cologan and James Britten, a layman and the principal spirit behind its refounding, serving as secretaries.

International societies[edit]

The Catholic Truth Society of Ireland was founded in 1899, the International Catholic Truth Society was incorporated in New York in 1900, and the Australian Catholic Truth Society was started in 1904.[2]

CTS in the 21st century[edit]

Today, the Catholic Truth Society in the UK publishes a large range of religious booklets and leaflets on topics including Catholic apologetics, morality, doctrine, sacraments, various saints, Church history, spirituality, and prayer, as well as booklet editions of the four Gospels and other Biblical texts. The booklets are often sold inexpensively in Catholic parishes in the United Kingdom. In recent years the CTS has also diversified into study courses, Bibles (The CTS New Catholic Bible) and catechisms including the youth catechism, YouCat and The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.[citation needed]

In 2011, they published the new English translation of the Roman Missal, which changed the words Catholics use at Mass. The CTS published the Roman Missal for England, Wales, Scotland and Australia.

Various bodies still exist in Britain and internationally which bear the name "Catholic Truth Society", but none of these is officially connected with the original CTS except for the CTS Bookshop in front of Westminster Cathedral. Some of these organisations have direct descent from the original societies, but some simply claim inspiration from the original name and have adopted it accordingly.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "A Brief History of CTS". Catholic Truth Society. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912, on the Catholic Truth Society