Modern Catholic Encyclopedia


This authoritative encyclopedia combines a wealth of information with an attractive, easy-to-read format into a reference of value for professionals, parishes, and families alike. A generation has passed since Vatican Council II, and the enthusiasm and euphoria which exhilarated Catholic life in the years that followed the council are misted memories now. The council handed down to us new hopes, new dreams, new challenges; but, above al, it gifted us with a fresh Vision of the Church as a pilgrim people. This ...

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This authoritative encyclopedia combines a wealth of information with an attractive, easy-to-read format into a reference of value for professionals, parishes, and families alike. A generation has passed since Vatican Council II, and the enthusiasm and euphoria which exhilarated Catholic life in the years that followed the council are misted memories now. The council handed down to us new hopes, new dreams, new challenges; but, above al, it gifted us with a fresh Vision of the Church as a pilgrim people. This second edition of The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia gives a succinct and contemporary view to the beliefs, practices, and history of this people.

The council invited us to a fresh appreciation of the gifts passed on to us over the centuries, and this new edition of The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia will help in this task. It is edited for readers in English-speaking countries, drawn together by a common language and by shared pastoral concerns and challenges. Consequently, men and women from America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Britain have written this work for a multinational readership. It is a work of and for our time, and its topics and themes have been chosen to meet the inquiries and religious curiosity of people today. It is important to note that for the first time in history the vital center for scriptural and theological studies has shifted from continental Europe to America and the English-speaking world, and it has moved from seminary to the college campus. Furthermore, the sacred sciences are no longer exclusive clerical territory, today many of the most respected scholars are lay men and women. And never before has the study of Scripture become such an accepted and vital part of everyday Catholic life.

This new edition contains many revisions and over 150 new entries. It is edited for quick and easy consultation. Over 1,300 cross-referenced entries cover topics from Abel to Armageddon, from feminism to The Zealots. The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia includes black-and-white maps, drawings, and photographs. Over 200 such illustrations provide valuable visual information and add to the attractiveness of this handsome volume. World, English

New entries:
Action Française
Acton, John Emerich
Adam and Eve
Adenauer, Konrad
Alexander VI, Pope
Antonelli, Giacomo
Baker, David Augustine
Barat, Madeleine Sophie
Barth, Karl
Bernanos, Georges
Bernardin, Joseph Louis
Bethune, Ade
Birgitta of Sweden, St.
Brown, Raymond Edward
Bruno, Giordano
Bultmann, Rudolf
Butler, Alban
Cardijn, Joseph
Cardinals, Sacred College of
Carroll, Daniel
Catholic Charities
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Celibacy (Clerical)
Cervantes, Miguel de
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Clare of Assisi, St.
Congar, Yves
Consulting the Faithful
Covenant House
Crucifixion (as Punishment)
D'Arcy, Martin Cyril
De Foucald, Charles
De Gasperi, Alcide
De Galle, Charles
De Mello, Anthony
Deposit of Faith
Diekmann, Godfrey Leo
Discernment of Spirits
Dominicans, Third Order
Enlightenment, The
Ex CordeEcclesiae
First Things
Focolare Movement
Franco, Francisco
Freemantle, Ann
Galgani, Gemma
Garces, Francisco
Girls and Boys Town
Girotti, Guiseppe
Glynn, Tony
Gorres, Johann
Griffiths, Bede
Guinness, Alec
Han Mac Tu
Häring, Bernard
Hildebrand, Dietrich von
Hildegard of Bingen
Hispanic Catholics (U.S.A.)
Hitchcock, Alfred Joseph
Howell, Clifford
Hoyt, Robert G.
Hume, Basil, Cardinal
Illich, Ivan
Inquisition(s), The
Japan, Church in
Joan of Arc
John Paul II, Pope
John Paul II, Pope, Social Teaching of
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald
Kim Dinh
King James Bible
Kitahara, Satoko
Knights of Labor
La Pira, Georgio
Labre, Benedict Joseph, St.
Lacugna, Catherine Mowry
Levertov, Denise
MacEoin, Gary
Machiavelli, Niccolo
McCormick, Richard A.
Martindale, Cyril
Marx, Michael Joseph
Mauriac, François Charles
Maurin, Peter
Mexico, Catholic Church in
Mother Angelica
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Moynihan, Daniel Patrick
Muggeridge, Malcolm
Nagai, Takashi
Nantes, Edict of
National Catholic Reporter
Nguyen, Truong To
Nguyen, Van Thuan
Nouwen, Henri
O'Connor, John
Oxford Movement
Pacem in Terris
Pakenham, Peter
Percy, Walker
Poor Clares
Pope, Election of
Prayer of St. Francis
Qu'ran, The
Reinhold, Hans Anscar
Renan, Joseph Ernest
Rerum Novarum
Rice School of Pastoral Ministry
Roman Curia
Sensus Fidelium
Serenity Prayer, The
Serra, Junipero
Shepherd of Hermas
Shroud of Turin
Spiritual Direction
Stewart, George Craig
Stuhlmueller, Carroll
Suenens, Leon Joseph
Tegels, Aelred Hilary
Tertullian, Quintas Septimus
Thurston, Herbπert
Tillard, Jean-Marie Roger
Undset, Singrid
Valignano, Alessandro
Vietnam, The Catholic Church in
Voice of the Faithful
Vonier, Anschaire
Waling Wall
Wolff, Madaleva
Women's Ordination
Zealots, The
Zebrowski, Zeno
Zechariah, Father of John the Baptist

Michael Glazier, formerly publisher of Michael Glazier, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, has also co-edited The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History for Liturgical Press.

Monika K. Hellwig, LLB, PhD, is president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Formerly the Landegger Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, she is also a lecturer and writer in Catholic theology and interfaith studies.

"A succinct and contemporary view of the beliefs, practices, and history of Roman Catholics"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

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Although there is more than a 2,000 year history filled with ritual and traditions, over 1,400 succinct entries and 250 illustrations address the most common teachings of the Church. The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia would make an excellent resource for middle or high school classrooms as well as for college students. This book should be on the shelf of every Catholic school, elementary through college, as an informational resource. It would be useful for everything from researching reports to evangelizing the most universal teachings of the Church, to establishing a strong foundation for catechesis.
Catholic Education

Intellectually, it is first-rate.
Reference Reviews

The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia will be useful in any parish, high school, or college library. This handy volume could accompany gifts of a Catholic Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church for all those enrolled in the RCIA programs. There are few peers that would be as informative in showing the breadth and depth of the tradition.
Catholic Library World

An added bonus for professors and students is its affordable price.
Catholic Books Review

I highly recommend The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia for libraries and parish centers, as well as colleges and universities.
Catholic Books Review

A popular but authoritative reference providing a succinct, contemporary view of the beliefs, practices, and history of the modern Catholic Church and Catholic people, with an emphasis on the shared pastoral concerns of a multinational, English-speaking readership. It is a work of and for its time, as reflected in the great amount of attention devoted to contemporary men and women and to modern questions and problems (thus Thomas Merton receives greater attention than Thomas a Kempis, and the role of women in the Church today is treated in two lengthy entries). A 16-page glossy color section depicts the life of Jesus in sacred art from the 10th century to the present. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814652190
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 489,794
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Entries ix
Introduction xix
Acknowledgments xxi
Abbreviations xxiii
Entries 1
Contributors 889
List of Illustrations 895
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