SIR,—Father I reanor, in a letter in your issue of April 24, has asked for suggestions for increasing the membership of the C.T.S. It is a matter that has occupied my mind for some time, and I would be giateful if you e mild allow me to make a few suggestions.
What is the present organisation?
There arc two classes of members, the Privileged and the Ordinary members. The Privileged member pays 21s. a year, and receives all new pamphlets, together with Catholic Book Notes; the Ordinary member pays 10s. a year and receives Catholic Book Notes—no pamphlets.
Now there are two observations would like to make. Firstly, the C.T.S. is a publishing concern; any publisher will tell you that the secret of success in publishing is to have a
sure market and large sales. After ail, it costs little more to produce 10,000 copies of a pamphlet than it does to produce 500. So much for the financial aspect. Secondly, the primary object of the C.T.S. is to reach the largest number of people (especially Catholics) with its pam phlets. Financial success and fulfilment of the object of the Society both point to the need for a large and steady clientele. how does the present organisation set out to meet this need?
The 10s. member, it will be noted, gets no pamphlets at all; if he wants the Society's pamphlets (after having spent his last 10s. in subscribing to the Society's funds !) he has to pay for them in addition to his 10s. Catholic Book Notes is a very interesting publication—for the man who can afford to spend f10 or so a year on buying Catholic books. How many of our people can do this?
The guinea member gets all the pamphlets (which he could get from his church box for about 3s.), and,
again, Catholic Book Notes. Your guinea man is probably an active Catholic. If he gives away pamphlets to his children or to young friends, he has to pay 3d. each to replenish his library.
Is it not possible to find some better way than this of reaching the multitude?
Fr. Treanor has asked for suggestions; tentatively, I would propose the following:— 1. Use the box-tenders. They are excellent people, and would be delighted to have more work to do.
2. Form a new popular membership of, say, two shillings per annum, payable through the boxtenders at 6d. per quarter.
3. Each quarter those rnensbers who have paid their subscriptions in the pre,ious quarter should receive, say, six pamphlets published during the quarter.
There are, I believe, nearly 2,000 parishes in England and Wales. With only ten members per parish, there would be an assured sale of nearly 20,000 copies of each pamphlet—little enough for a Catholic population of 2,000,003 of whom at least 1,000,000 adults should all read and possess the Papal Encyclicals. Are we not Papists, and proud of the name? It should be possible, I submit, to produce the pamphlets at Id. each to members (if there were 2,000 members) and 2d. to the general public.
4. All pamphlets would be sent quarterly to the box-tenders, so that there would be one parcel and one postage cost per parish.
5. Your junior member should be allowed, if he could use them, to have, say, fifty pamphlets each
quarter. No doubt, very few privileged members would take advantage of such a facility, and it would be a gracious gesture.
There are many other aspects to consider, such as the means of catering for the men in the Services, but I see that I have already trespassed, I fear too much, upon your valuable space.
May I close with the plea that we may be given promptly in the permanent form of C.T.S. pamphlets, all the important utterances of His Holiness, together with such milestones as today's Pastoral, Cardinal Hinsley's recent broadcast, the celebrated pas. 'orals of Bishop von Galen and Cardinal Faulhaber, the protest of the Dutch Bishops?
In these days when a new leaven is working there is plenty of material.
JOHN F. L. BRAY.
Loreto, 132, Abbots Road, Abbots Langley, Watford, Herts.
Contact with Protestants
Site—All the points brought out in M. Monro's letter regarding the Catholic presentation of faith to our nonCatholic brethren are worth the close attention of those actively engaged with pen or otherwise in such an apostolate. I would just like to touch upon one of these.
Much effort certainly is expended and much interest shown in dealing with the difficulties and objections of Anglicans, but the real Evangelical Protestant is generally left alone. His ignorance of genuine Catholic belief is often abysmal, but on our side equally we fail to realise how many truths we hold in common. Here is a field ripe for the harvest!
In one of Father McNabb's unrivalled thumbnail sketches, he desscribes art aged Nonconformist grandmother gazing sadly at her Catholic visitor and saying in her feeble voice: " I do wish you could'a loved the Lord Jesus Christ." Perhaps for the first time, the Catholic realised how deep can be the love for the Person of Christ among those who onlw sec in the Church a vast and complicated piece of spiritual machinery.
It is among the rank and file of the Free Churches that we should seek more contacts, looking for all the points on which we can agree, dwelling on the graces we share in common, minimising, not magnifying the distance yet to be traversed, and emphasising especially the indubitable truth that full membership with us in the Catholic Church is not embracing a foreign religion, but is a homecoming to the ancestral faith, a sharing once again in alt the privileges lost by (in many cases) an unconscious schism.
Some years back in the columns, I think, of this paper, Dr. Orchard used an analogy from the game of dominoes to illustrate the methods of a fruitful Catholic approach. He showed how a number held in common by the two players is needed to make any contact, but that the second player seeks to add to this score at the same time.
The Catholic's duty is to shed a further ray of light on his nonCatholic friend's path, thus enabling him to take at least one step ahead. Sympathy, understanding and agree
meat to start with, but zeal for Christ's Church invariably demands more than this.
St. Maur, Weybi idge, Surrey.
The Change of Times
consider that your leading article on the C.T.S. and the
correspondence in THE Carnotic HERALD have helped to elucidate is most important matter. There is a new pub
lic, more vast and varied, more ignorant and yet more curious, than the public for which we catered 30 years ago. The C.T.S. has long since realised this, and if anyone will look carefully into its classified lists they will see the fruits of this newer propaganda. I do not agree that the C.T.S. has ever been shy about sounding the clarion note of the Faith; nor has it lacked versatility and indeed a measure of genius in its actual handling of these matters.
But time has rushed on and it is hard to keep pace with it. Where we may have failed, our adversary has not— witness the " Progress " bookshops; but witness also the sale of a million and a half C.T.S. tracts of all kinds per annum.
I do not for one moment agree with Fr. Hughes that there is a dearth of useful writers. What is wanted is an outlet for their talents. And far more encouragement. Now is it beyond the bounds of possibility in war-time to get together a small committee of the C.T.S. alive to precisely what is wanted to meet the adverse teaching of to-day; for that committee to encourage contributions of the kind so rightly described In your paper, the " quick-firing" Variety ; for a great effort to be made to publish a selected number of these at once and for a further effort to disseminate them in the right quarters?
CHARLES O. MORTIMER.
2, White Buildings, Lee-on-the-Solent.
[A great many letters on this sub feel have reached us. Some are held over until next week.—EDITOR, C.H.I