The Catholic Layman is a short, nineteenth century publication which concerns itself primarily with Irish religion, education, and politics.
It aims to reverse unenlightened prejudices which have resulted from the lack of intellectual improvement of the people of Ireland. This publication strives to reach a mass audience in order to promote independent thinking and discussion, free from the influence of the Catholic Church. The journal commits itself to examining political and theological issues without prejudice or bias. The majority of articles relate to matters of religion and politics and there are notable articles regarding education which challenge the traditional role of the Catholic Church in the daily lives of Irish people. In addition, there are regular articles discussing agriculture in Ireland and some poetry is also included. This journal would be of interest to scholars of religion in nineteenth century Ireland and also those researching Irish history and politics during this period.