Page 11, 3rd February 1939

3rd February 1939
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Page 11, 3rd February 1939 — Forty Per Cent. of Modern Novels are Unsafe

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Organisations: Catholic Truth Society
Locations: Dublin, BELFAST


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Forty Per Cent. of Modern Novels are Unsafe

From Our Own Correspondent BELFAST.

That the Veritas Company, Dublin, rejected from their shelves forty per cent. of modern novels as unfit for Catholic circulation, was a statement made by Sir Francis O'Reilly, LL.D., Chief Executive of the Central C.T.S., at the annual meeting of the Diocesan Catholic Truth Society, held in St. Mary's Hall, Belfast, under the presidency of Mgr. Mageean.

The output of literature was stupendous, and the output of clean literature was a small percentage of that whole, said Sir Francis, who went on to criticise the cumbersome methods of censorship employed in Eire. An obscene book could be in general circulation for six months before it came under the ban of the censor.

Mgr. Mageean, Bishop of Down and Connor, proposing the adoption of the report, said it gave him great pleasure to speak to these reports, which gave him the opportunity of assessing the state of their society.

He had recently received a letter from Cardhial Rossi, in which the latter said it was well known what a large output of printed matter at present was diffused for the pmpose of undermining the faith and morals of our Catholic people.

It was impossible, said his Lordship, for the Holy See itself to ban all these books, and therefore the local Ordinaries were asked to use the strictest vigilance in suppressing indecent literature.

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