Mission Statement

The purpose of the American Catholic Truth Society (ACTS) is to defend the Catholic faith and to help Catholics know and understand their faith better. Our goal is to help bring every Christian back into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church for our God desires that we are one, just as the Father and the Son are One (John 17:21). The motto of ACTS is according to 1 Peter 3:15 "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence." (NASB).

Our means in this apostolate are many! Several FREE email lists to join, an IRC chatroom, a blog, online debates and more!

We encourage your sincere questions and challenges to the Catholic Faith. Please join one or more of our forums and present your question(s) in a respectful manner.

THE Oldest Email List on the Internet Devoted to Catholic Apologetics

That's right! Back even before there was a public Internet, the ACTS Email List started on the Catholic Information Network, CIN, a Bulletin Board Service (BBS) which was hosted by Mike and Sharon Mollerus (CIN is now on the web too). There were general Catholic forums at the time, but none devoted to apologetics - so Scott Windsor offered to host/moderate the ACTS forum. Later, the "Nite Owl/ACTS BBS was started by Scott, and he continued to host ACTS on CIN, but it originated now on his own BBS. Later still, as the public Internet was getting off the ground, Scott started the American Catholic Truth Society website.

ACTS itself was actually first formed in 1966 as the Arizona Catholic Truth Society which was a "snail mail" mailing list - long before the advent of personal computers and the public Internet.

ACTS Email List Propagates

The ACTS Email List was one of the most popular email lists on the Internet, but still maintained the moderation rules (and still does) from the CIN days. Some wanting more freedom (less moderation), so Scott created BattleACTS - which was much more open, but still had three moderators. So to provide as little moderation as possible, the Catholic Debate Forum (CDF) was founded, with just one moderator and very few rules. So, pick how much moderation you would like!