Catholic Truth Society

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Catholic Truth Society
FounderHerbert Vaughan
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionNorwich Books and Music (UK)[1]
Ignatius Press (US)
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsCatholicism

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

Catholic Truth Society literature stand at St Pancras Church, Ipswich

The CTS had been 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.[2][3]

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 honorary secretaries.[2]

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]

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, catechisms including the YouCat youth catechism, and The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.[4]

In 2007 the Catholic Truth Society published the "CTS New Catholic Bible", consisting of the text of the original 1966 Jerusalem Bible revised with the name "Yahweh" replaced by "the Lord" throughout the Old Testament, and the Psalms completely replaced by the 1963 Grail Psalter. This revised version presents the texts as used in Catholic Liturgy in England, Wales, and most English-speaking countries outside the United States and Canada, conforming to the directives of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.[5] The revised text is accompanied by new introductions, textual, and liturgical notes, supplemented as needed with material from the notes to the New Jerusalem Bible.[6]

CTS publishes the new English translation of the Roman Missal for use in Catholic parishes throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Australia, as well as the new "Divine Worship" Anglican Use liturgies to be used by formerly Anglican Catholics of the personal ordinariates around the world.[7]

In 2014, CTS entered into a distribution agreement with Ignatius Press in the United States to "bring the famous CTS bookstands to North America."[8] In 2017, Christian book distributor Hymns Ancient & Modern of Norwich, Norfolk announced they would distribute CTS texts for non-parish orders.[9]

Additionally, various bodies still exist in Britain and internationally which bear the name "Catholic Truth Society", but none of these is 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. ^ "CTS". Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  2. ^ a b c Britten, James, and Thomas Meehan. "Catholic Truth Societies." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 28 February 2019
  3. ^ "A Brief History of CTS". Catholic Truth Society. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  4. ^ CTS, "About Us".
  5. ^ Roxanne King (October 15, 2008). "No 'Yahweh' in liturgies is no problem for the archdiocese, officials say" (PDF). Denver Catholic Register. Archdiocese of Denver. Retrieved November 25, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Wansbrough, Henry, "Foreword," The CTS New Catholic Bible
  7. ^ Divine Worship - Occasional Services
  8. ^ "A Message from Fr. Fessio". Ignatius Press. 2014. Archived from the original on 16 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Catholic Truth Society at Norwich Books and Music". 2 March 2017. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2021.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Catholic Truth Societies". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.