75th Anniversary

  • Front-Line Chaplain

    March 14th, 2011

    Front-Line Chaplain July 1944, page 67 Photo from Photos.com   The Second World War had profound effects on Catholic Digest  — as it did on the whole country and on the millions of service personnel and their families. The magazine operated short-staffed as many of its key lay employees enlisted in the military. Paper was in equally … read more »

  • Heroes Till Death

    March 1st, 2011

    Heroes Till Death September 1937, page 93 Photo from Photos.com   Few people today give much thought to the Spanish Civil War, but it was a huge event at the time Catholic Digest was born. A Spanish republican government with strong socialist leanings had outlawed the monarchy and, among other reforms, legislated a strict separation between church and… read more »

  • Common Sense

    February 8th, 2011

    Common Sense February 1937, page 1 Photo from Photos.com   Many Catholics seem to think that liturgical renewal was an idea that the Second Vatican Council came up with all by itself. Actually, Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was just one important step in a liturgical movement that grew, with papal approval, in the nineteenth and … read more »

  • How to Go to Hell

    February 8th, 2011

    How to Go to Hell March 1937, page 13 Photo from Photos.com   At first glance, the title of this article would seem to confirm all of today’s stereotypes of Catholic life before Vatican II: a rule-bound people awash in fear of eternal damnation. If there was ever any truth to that stereotype, Fr. Paul Hanly Furfey put it to good use … read more »

  • The first issue of Catholic Digest

    January 25th, 2011

    The odds were against him. Friends and business associates advised him not to do it. But Fr. Louis Gales, an assistant at St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, had a dream — to bring the best of Catholic reading to Catholics everywhere. Few people had the financial resources to subscribe to all the fine Catholic publications of the day, and fewer … read more »