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Organisations: League of God


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Leaflets In Letter-box


Such rapid strides are being 'made by the League of God, in the distribution of leaflets to Catholics and nonCatholics, that this important movement can be considered to be in the very van of Catholic Action. But the distribution of League publications requires systematising, and a priest promoter in an industrial area in the North of England, busily engaged in the work, makes some suggestions to a CATHOLIC HERALD reporter.

" If the work is to be put an a parochial basis," he says, " some organisation is necessary. The following plan has been found to be most satisfactory. The priest is the head of the parochial group, and is assisted by a lay-secretary acting as treasurer and having the task of general supervision. The town is itself divided into a number of sections, the actual number varying in accordance with its size, At the head of each section is a Lender or District Organiser, whose chief duties are the distribution of leaflets to members, collection of subscriptions, and general arrangement and supervision of his or her district. In this Way the whole town can be covered so that every home receives a leaflet each month.

" The prayers of members may also be organised, and each might say a mystery of the Rosary daily, members being arranged in groups of fifteen so that the whole Rosary is recited several times each day."

The headquarters of the League of God are at 53, Heath Road, Bebington, Cheshire. Aiming at being undenominational, for the reason that if non-Catholics suspected the League to he a Catholic organisation they would refuse to have anything to do with it, the word " Catholic " does Prof appear in publications.

Nevertheless the League is under the patronage of St. Teresa of Lisieux, and aims at bringing all men, especially in these troubled times, to the knowledge, love and service of God. Its foundation is the encyclical letter, Cantata Christi Compulsi, of Pius XI and is a direct answer to his appeal for action against the enemies of God.

The ,League imitates the enemies of the Church in their wisdom, for it makes use of the enemies' own weapon—propaganda to counteract , their influence. Month by month it issues a leaflet, beginning with some attractive title: _A Toy Engine, An Old Umbrella, etc., and gradually leads the reader on to some religious topic, such as the existence of God, or the problem of suffering. The leaflets are exceedingly popular—one million, five hundred thousand were issued last month. The League is established in many parishes. One parish in the North is now distributing 6,700 each month; it was only started in the parish

sixThme"imtelsmahleor; of the League undertake three obligations: work, prayer, sacrifice. Thus each month they take and distribute a number of leaflets, fifty or a hundred. They " adopt " a particular street and each month deliver a leaflet to every house in that street. They prey for their adopted children. Prayer supernaturalises their work and makes it efficacious. Finally, they contribute according to their means towards the cost of the leaflets they distribute.

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