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Bring Back Catholic Pamphlets
Aleteia ^ | 6/25/14 | Mark Judge

Posted on 06/26/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT by marshmallow

A great way to evangelize in the 21st century.

They were smart. They were well written. And they featured bold cartoon colors on the cover that made the viewer take notice.

They were Catholic pamphlets -- little booklets that offered some catechesis about a particular topic: Marriage. The Trinity. Alcoholism. Dating. And during the early to mid 20th century, they served as a powerful means of evangelization. The covers of these pamphlets were the subject of a recent exhibit in Ireland, “Vintage Values.”

It’s time to bring Catholic pamphlets back. The response to such an idea is obvious: Why? The Internet gives us the entire world, indeed the entire universe, at our fingertips. People can find anything they want about the Church in a matter of seconds. Why use print?

The answer is because of the nature of the Internet itself. Studies have shown that when surfing the web, people gravitate towards things they already like. Liberals will go to liberal sites. Movie enthusiasts will go to movie sites. Baseball fans will go to MLB.com. People surf the web to explore hobbies they already like and to reinforce extant political philosophies.

But a pamphlet is different. Not as demanding as a book, yet with more depth than your average blog post, a well-made pamphlet can stick with the reader and get into the consciousness. Imagine the scene: A twenty something women in a big city, say New York or Washington, is walking home from work. She’s handed a pamphlet but a friendly person on the street. The cover is not classical art, but by a contemporary artist, a Christian version of something you might see in The New Yorker. The paper stock and binding would be of high quality. The title is “Genuine Freedom” by George Weigel. Or “Countercultural Chastity” by..........

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1 posted on 06/26/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

The twenty something won’t know how to turn it on. :)


2 posted on 06/26/2014 6:27:39 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: marshmallow

TAN books still carries plenty of booklets.


3 posted on 06/26/2014 6:31:57 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: defconw
The twenty something won’t know how to turn it on. :)

So? YouTube them. Pamphlets were the technology pre-radio; video is the technology today. The Word was spoken before it (He) was written, written before it was printed, printed before it was telegraphed, telegraphed before it was radioed, radioed before it was televisioned, televisioned before it was VCRed, VCRed before it was DVDed, DVDed before it was streamed--but ever and always, it (He) was, is, and always will be the unchanging Word.

4 posted on 06/26/2014 6:42:04 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin

I was being sarcastic. It’s sad that nobody can just read a book anymore. It’s getting harder to find books, it is getting harder still to find a printer in some parts.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 6:47:45 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: marshmallow

I like the art work. I don’t remember these, though, and I’ve been around for almost 60 years.


6 posted on 06/26/2014 7:09:30 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: marshmallow

. . . as long as it’s not in cursive.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 8:07:10 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: marshmallow
Simple pamphlets without artwork: http://www.pjpiisoe.org/Resources_Pamphlets.html
8 posted on 06/26/2014 8:07:43 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

Some here too.....http://www.catholic.com/tracts


9 posted on 06/26/2014 8:12:19 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
They were smart. They were well written. And they featured bold cartoon colors on the cover that made the viewer take notice. They were Catholic pamphlets -- little booklets that offered some catechesis about a particular topic: Marriage. The Trinity. Alcoholism. Dating.

Death cookies.

10 posted on 06/26/2014 9:13:40 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: defconw

“It’s getting harder to find books”

www.amazon.com = all the books you could ever want.


11 posted on 06/26/2014 9:28:55 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: defconw
It’s getting harder to find books, it is getting harder still to find a printer in some parts.

Print on demand is starting to completely dominate low runs. I did a moderate run of a couple of conservative books I published four years ago, and used Versa Press. They were chosen because their machinery matched the book size (5 1/2" x 8 1/2" very well). Margins are paper thin in the print industry.
12 posted on 06/26/2014 9:40:28 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Yes, my dad used to be a printer.


13 posted on 06/26/2014 9:57:15 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: vladimir998

Just not the same as those big old musty used book stores of old. It was a treasure hunt. Amazon leaves me cold and unsettled. :)


14 posted on 06/26/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: defconw

Because they support abortion?


15 posted on 06/26/2014 10:08:01 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: defconw

“Just not the same as those big old musty used book stores of old. It was a treasure hunt. Amazon leaves me cold and unsettled. :)”

Oh, I know. I just bought two books at a used bookstore yesterday. If it weren’t for the fact that the volumes were there on the shelf for me to browse through I never would have stumbled across a copy of Alfred Bester’s REDEMOLISHED. I did not know such a book of essays and stories by Bester and tributes to Bester existed.


16 posted on 06/26/2014 10:10:58 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Salvation
I did not know that! But then again I don't use Amazon, I don't use my credit card on-line very often. Well I definitely won't be using them now.
17 posted on 06/26/2014 10:31:43 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: vladimir998

I was being a smarty pants about Amazon, I have never used them. I don’t shop on-line much. I used to be able to go to a bookstore in Indiana when I lived there and I would just trade books with them. :)


18 posted on 06/26/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: defconw

They need to be in graphic novel form. Then, they will be opened and looked at.


19 posted on 06/26/2014 11:53:56 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Alex Murphy
~cookies~

Under windshield wipers in parking lots.

Quick! somebody pay the ransom...this black pope means business...he's just crazy enough to do it...

20 posted on 06/26/2014 2:49:43 PM PDT by BlueDragon (mongo pawn in game but never forget mongo playa too...and it's his turn to move)
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To: marshmallow
You mean like these pamphlets?

Catholicism
21 posted on 06/26/2014 3:05:32 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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