History

In 2018 the Catholic Truth Society (CTS) celebrates 150 years of Publishing.

Our Mission Statement

We believe in helping people to discover, nurture and share their faith, by providing honest and compelling answers to life’s deepest questions.

Everything we do is authentic, accessible, and authoritative. You can rely on us to tackle the important issues of life and faith, to make the complicated easy to understand, and that the works we publish are in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

As a charity and a publisher, we use the written word to support and encourage people at every stage of their journey; from parish priests to those exploring for the first time and from pre-schoolers to pensioners.

Catholic Truth Society God’s truth, beautifully told. Since 1868

CTS Origins

 CTS was founded by Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, in 1868, 18 years after the Restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in this country. He also built Westminster Cathedral. From the 1850’s as new opportunities opened up, both politically and technologically, CTS took up the growing power of print and communications. Concerned to help the Catholic community living in the shadows, persecuted and neglected, feeling very unsure of itself Cardinal Vaughan set up the CTS to dispel prejudice and ignorance, offer spiritual support, formation and education in faith and morals, to reconnect UK Catholics with the wider life of the universal Church, papal teaching and the spiritual riches and treasures of the Church.

Through our tracts and affordable booklets on faith, doctrine, morals, devotion, lives of saints, and current debates, Catholics became educated when there was little else going for them. With street trolleys and display boxes in parishes, networks of supporters, conferences and talks, CTS’s efforts helped give back confidence to Catholic faithful at every level. CTS drew on the great minds and writers of the time, through the two great wars, the new ideologies, and several great social and Church upheavals. CTS facilitated the widespread circulation of teaching through papal documents, especially during the second Vatican Council and was pivotal in disseminating its documents.

During the Second Vatican Council, in recognition for services rendered to the Vatican since our inception, the CTS was awarded the title Publisher to the Holy See.

CTS Today

Many people of all ages and backgrounds have good reason to celebrate being Catholic today and are grateful for their faith. They are able and willing to articulate the joy and hope that faith brings, the clarity of vision and purpose it inspires. Faith in Jesus Christ can and does transform lives and CTS is one of the agents for hope, for change, communicating the essence of the Good News which sits at the heart of the Christian faith. CTS is proud to be a small part of the support network that accompanies people in their search for the truth about life, about death, suffering, joy, hope, mercy and true happiness.

The CTS has been instrumental in evangelisation in this country and abroad and our publications have touched millions of lives:

“CTS Books get right to the heart of the matter and are a wonderful stepping stone for further reading.   The books on prayer, suffering, forgiveness, saints, spiritual warfare and angels are wonderful treasure troves of advice and guidance and are life affirming.” (Ruby Laurent)

“The CTS is always my first port of call whenever I need any Christian and especially Catholic based publications or resources.  Over the years, I’ve given away many of the little CTS booklets, which I find very well written, and I recommend the CTS resources to my family and friends.”  (Antony Roullier)

“I am delighted by the charitable work of CTS: the material of this society exposes Catholic doctrine in a hopeful, sound and well presented way. Both parishioners and visitors alike have been encouraged by the good work of this worthy society for some years now. I strongly endorse the work of CTS for every parish. It is simply in a class of its own.” (Fr Paul Dobson –  St Timothy’s Parish, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada)

 

 

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Explore CTS Onefifties

We have prepared a special gift for our birthday, sharing with you some of the gems that celebrate the huge range and variety of CTS publishing over the last 150 years. Our hope is that you can dip into the past – and find the present…

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