Joseph Martin McCabe (1867-1955) who also wrote under the pseudonyms V. Rev. Father Anthony and Arnold Wright, was an English writer and speaker on freethought, after having been a priest earlier in his life. He entered the Franciscan order at the age of 15, and spent a year of preliminary study at Gorton Monastery. His novitiate year took place in Killarney, after which he was transferred to Forest Gate in London for the remainder of his priestly education. In 1890 he was ordained into the priesthood with the name Father Antony. He wrote a pamphlet on his experiences, From Rome to Rationalism, published in 1897, which he then expanded to book length as Twelve Years in a Monastery (1897). From 1898-1899 he was secretary of the Leicester Secular Society, and he was a founding board member in 1899 of the Rationalist Press Association of Great Britain. He wrote prolifically on science, religion, politics, history and culture, writing nearly 250 books during his life. In about 1947, McCabe accused the Encyclopædia Britannica of bias towards the Catholic Church.