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The Mission of IHS Press.
IHS Press was founded for the express purpose of re-popularizing the
of Catholic Social Thought by the great Social Catholics of the early
century. The Editors are firmly convinced that the wisdom of Catholic
Thought is, today, largely a buried treasure, relatively untapped and
wholly neglected. Nevertheless, it offers to a troubled world the
for a whole host of social ills.
Far from being pie-in-the-sky dreaming, or quaint, if attractive,
thinking, the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church is the only
body of political thought which is both compatible with the truths of
Revelation, of reason, and of common sense, and also sufficiently
and concrete in nature to be of real use as a guide to the solution of
nearly all of the ills which plague our society.
Drawing upon the papal encyclicals, allocutions, and pronouncements
addressed social problems and the nature of society, as well as upon
great theologians of the Chuch, the Social Catholics of last century
produced a magnificent collection of both scholarly and popular
a vast range of topics, all of which in one way or another elaborated
explained the Social Doctrine. These militant, uncompromising
wrote works of truly impressive foresight and convincing argument,
subjecting society as they found it to the scrutiny of critical reason
the light of Divine Faith. From such serious reflection ushered
sometimes in truly incomparable prose - seminal volumes challenging
complacent assumptions of the modern world and advocating both a
sane thinking and true progress towards a better world.
Unfortunately, most of these great works are out of print, and are
available - if at all - only through expensive second-hand bookshops.
Furthermore, few if any scholars, thinkers, and journalists are
modern problems in light of the traditional Social Doctrine of the
Thus, IHS Press was established to make these classic expositions of
Catholic Social Doctrine from last century available again to the
generation, at reasonable prices, and in very high quality packages.
Moreover, IHS Press was created in order to provide a venue for the
publication of serious works by modern authors which address current
problems in light of Catholic Social Principles.
Heinrich Pesch, S.J.
The republication of classic, out-of-print texts inspired by Catholic
Doctrine is certainly a primary focus for IHS Press. Yet it remains,
ultimately, a means to an end. That greater end, which may be
hope, by God's help, is the wholesale rehabilitation and
of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Not for its own sake, but for
may provide by way of a direction and a guiding light for a society
has - in spite of its advanced technology and high-speed
transportation - for the most part lost its way. Thus if our endeavor
succeeds, we envision not merely the re-publication of old classics,
first-time publication of new texts which chart a course for the
modern society by the sure Light of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Vincent McNabb, O.P.
IHS Press aims not only to be a truly Social Catholic Press, but to
the Social Catholic Press. Not that we wouldn't be happy to have
competition - the more people and organizations that are discussing
Social Doctrine, the better it is for society and the world. But what
Press hopes to do is fill a void which exists to some extent in the
academic and publishing worlds. Admirers of Chesterton can and should
the American Chesterton Society; Belloc afficionados can visit a
good Belloc websites; but true students of the entire Social Doctrine
Church are all too frequently left to fend for themselves. Few alive
are conscious of a mission to preserve the memory of the great Social
Catholics for current generations. There are none who feel called to
their ideas and their Vision into the world with a view towards making
Vision into a vital force for the re-conversion of the Social Order.
IHS Press, however, is just such an organization. We intend to pick up
the Distributist, the Solidarist, the Corporatist Catholics of all
left off before the war, and, God willing, to deliver to the world
again the hope of a peacful and fruitful existence, free from both the
excessive power of the state and the ruthless injustice of an untamed
Thus do we hope to provide not just printed books - new and
but also a forum for a deepening of knowledge and appreciation of the
Teachings as well as a practical discussion on how they should be
implemented, so that their wisdom can be brought to bear on a world
in need of it. We hope, with God's help, that such a forum will grow
expand, to include conferences, workshops, journals, etc. There is no
to what can be done and what should be done to make the Social
again an intellectual force to be reckoned with. But to grow in that
direction, IHS Press requires your help.