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  • Robert Waldrop
    www.ihspress.com - - - The Mission of IHS Press. IHS Press was founded for the express purpose of re-popularizing the works of Catholic Social Thought by the
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      The Mission of IHS Press.

      IHS Press was founded for the express purpose of re-popularizing the
      works
      of Catholic Social Thought by the great Social Catholics of the early
      20th
      century. The Editors are firmly convinced that the wisdom of Catholic
      Social
      Thought is, today, largely a buried treasure, relatively untapped and
      almost
      wholly neglected. Nevertheless, it offers to a troubled world the
      solutions
      for a whole host of social ills.

      Far from being pie-in-the-sky dreaming, or quaint, if attractive,
      wishful
      thinking, the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church is the only
      consistent
      body of political thought which is both compatible with the truths of
      Revelation, of reason, and of common sense, and also sufficiently
      practical
      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.

      Hilaire Belloc
      1870-1953

      Drawing upon the papal encyclicals, allocutions, and pronouncements
      that
      addressed social problems and the nature of society, as well as upon
      the
      great theologians of the Chuch, the Social Catholics of last century
      produced a magnificent collection of both scholarly and popular
      writings on
      a vast range of topics, all of which in one way or another elaborated
      and
      explained the Social Doctrine. These militant, uncompromising
      Catholics
      wrote works of truly impressive foresight and convincing argument,
      subjecting society as they found it to the scrutiny of critical reason
      and
      the light of Divine Faith. From such serious reflection ushered
      forth -
      sometimes in truly incomparable prose - seminal volumes challenging
      the
      complacent assumptions of the modern world and advocating both a
      return to
      sane thinking and true progress towards a better world.

      G.K. Chesterton
      1874-1936

      Unfortunately, most of these great works are out of print, and are
      today
      available - if at all - only through expensive second-hand bookshops.
      Furthermore, few if any scholars, thinkers, and journalists are
      tackling
      modern problems in light of the traditional Social Doctrine of the
      Church.
      Thus, IHS Press was established to make these classic expositions of
      Catholic Social Doctrine from last century available again to the
      current
      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.
      1850-1926

      The republication of classic, out-of-print texts inspired by Catholic
      Social
      Doctrine is certainly a primary focus for IHS Press. Yet it remains,
      ultimately, a means to an end. That greater end, which may be
      achieved, we
      hope, by God's help, is the wholesale rehabilitation and
      re-popularization
      of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Not for its own sake, but for
      what it
      may provide by way of a direction and a guiding light for a society
      which
      has - in spite of its advanced technology and high-speed
      communications and
      transportation - for the most part lost its way. Thus if our endeavor
      succeeds, we envision not merely the re-publication of old classics,
      but the
      first-time publication of new texts which chart a course for the
      repair of
      modern society by the sure Light of the Social Doctrine of the Church.

      Vincent McNabb, O.P.
      1868-1943

      IHS Press aims not only to be a truly Social Catholic Press, but to
      become
      the Social Catholic Press. Not that we wouldn't be happy to have
      competition - the more people and organizations that are discussing
      the
      Social Doctrine, the better it is for society and the world. But what
      IHS
      Press hopes to do is fill a void which exists to some extent in the
      both the
      academic and publishing worlds. Admirers of Chesterton can and should
      join
      the American Chesterton Society; Belloc afficionados can visit a
      number of
      good Belloc websites; but true students of the entire Social Doctrine
      of the
      Church are all too frequently left to fend for themselves. Few alive
      today
      are conscious of a mission to preserve the memory of the great Social
      Catholics for current generations. There are none who feel called to
      bring
      their ideas and their Vision into the world with a view towards making
      that
      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
      where
      the Distributist, the Solidarist, the Corporatist Catholics of all
      nations
      left off before the war, and, God willing, to deliver to the world
      once
      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
      market.

      Thus do we hope to provide not just printed books - new and
      re-published -
      but also a forum for a deepening of knowledge and appreciation of the
      Social
      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
      sorely
      in need of it. We hope, with God's help, that such a forum will grow
      and
      expand, to include conferences, workshops, journals, etc. There is no
      limit
      to what can be done and what should be done to make the Social
      Doctrine once
      again an intellectual force to be reckoned with. But to grow in that
      direction, IHS Press requires your help.
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