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The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church,[1] also referred to as the Old Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Encyclopedia
and the Original Catholic Encyclopedia,[2] is an English-language encyclopedia published in the United States and designed to serve the Roman Catholic Church. The first volume appeared in March 1907 and the last three volumes appeared in 1912, followed by a master index volume in 1914 and later supplementary volumes. It was designed "to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine".[3][4] The Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Encyclopedia
was published by the Robert Appleton Company (RAC), a publishing company incorporated at New York in February 1905 for the express purpose of publishing the encyclopedia. The five members of the encyclopedia's Editorial Board also served as the directors of the company. In 1912 the company's name was changed to The Encyclopedia Press. Publication of the encyclopedia's volumes was the sole business conducted by the company during the project's lifetime.[5]

Contents

1 Purpose 2 History

2.1 Authors and sources

3 Online versions 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Purpose[edit] The encyclopedia was designed to serve the Roman Catholic Church, concentrating on information related to the Church and explaining matters from the Catholic point of view. It records the accomplishments of Catholics and others in nearly all intellectual and professional pursuits, including artists, educators, poets and scientists. While more limited in focus than other general encyclopedias, it was far broader in scope than previous efforts at comprehensive Catholic encyclopedias, which had studied only internal Church affairs. It offers in-depth portrayals of historical and philosophical ideas, persons and events, from a Catholic perspective, including issues that divide Catholicism from Protestantism
Protestantism
and other faith communities. Since the encyclopedia was first published starting in 1907 and has never been updated (versus the New Catholic Encyclopedia), many of its entries may be out of date either with respect to the wider culture or to the Catholic ecclesiastical world. In particular, it predates the creation of the Vatican City
Vatican City
State (1929) and the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), which introduced many significant changes in Catholic practice: For example, the online version of the entries on Judaism
Judaism
and Islam
Islam
at newadvent.org states in an editorial note: "To complement this article, which was taken from the 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia, New Advent
New Advent
recommends a prayerful reading of 'Nostra Aetate' from the Second Vatican Council."[6] History[edit] The writing of the encyclopedia began on January 11, 1905, under the supervision of five editors:

Charles G. Herbermann, Professor of Latin
Latin
and librarian of the College of the City of New York Edward A. Pace, Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Condé B. Pallen, editor The Rev. Thomas J. Shahan, Professor of Church History at The Catholic University The Rev. John J. Wynne, S.J., editor of Messenger of the Sacred Heart

The first edition was initially printed by Robert Appleton Company. The volumes came out sequentially the first two in 1907 and the last three in 1912:[7]

Volume Entries Year first pub. Chief editor

1 Aachen–Assize 1907 Charles George Herbermann

2 Assize–Brownr

3 Brow–Clancy 1908

4 Cland–Diocesan

5 Diocese–Fathers 1909

6 Fathers–Gregory

7 Gregory–Infallibility 1910

8 Infamy–Lapparent

9 Laprade–Mass

10 Mass–Newman 1911

11 New Mexico–Philip

12 Philip–Revalidation

13 Revelation–Simon Stock 1912

14 Simony–Tournely

15 Tournon–Zwirner

The editors had their first editorial meeting at the office of The Messenger, on West 16th Street, New York City. The text received a nihil obstat from an official censor, Remy Lafort, on November 1, 1908 and an imprimatur from John Murphy Farley, Archbishop of New York. This review process was presumably accelerated by the reuse of older authorized publications. In addition to frequent informal conferences and constant communication by letters, the editors subsequently held 134 formal meetings to consider the plan, scope and progress of the work, culminating in publication on April 19, 1913. A first supplement was published in 1922; a second supplement in nine loose-leaf sections was published by The Gilmary Society between 1950 and 1958. In 1912, a special completely illustrated commemorative volume was awarded to those patrons who contributed to the start of the enterprise by buying multiple encyclopedia sets early on.[8] There was controversy over the presence of the Catholic Encyclopedia in public libraries in the United States with nativist protests that this violated the separation of church and state, including a successful appeal in Belleville, New Jersey.[9] The encyclopedia was later updated under the auspices of The Catholic University of America and a 17-volume New Catholic Encyclopedia was first published in 1967, and then in 2002. Authors and sources[edit] The Catholic Encyclopedia
Catholic Encyclopedia
and its makers states that:

The work is entirely new, and not merely a translation or a compilation from other encyclopedic sources. The editors have insisted that the articles should contain the latest and most accurate information to be obtained from the standard works on each subject.

However, "from standard works" allows that some of the articles from European contributors such as Pierre Batiffol (French), Johann Peter Kirsch (German) had previously been published in whole or in part in Europe and were translated and edited for the Encyclopedia.[10] Those who wrote new articles in English include Anthony Maas and Herbert Thurston. Online versions[edit] Under copyright law of the United States, all works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. In 1993, Kevin Knight, then a 26-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, decided, during the visit of Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
to that city for World Youth Day, to launch a project to publish the 1913 edition of the encyclopedia on the Internet. Knight founded the Web site New Advent to host the undertaking. Volunteers from the United States, Canada, France, and Brazil
Brazil
helped in the transcription of the original material. The site went online in 1995, and transcription work ended in 1997.[Volumes 1] In 2007, Catholic Answers published a watermarked version derived from page scans. This version has since been replaced with a transcription of the Encyclopedia similar to that found at the New Advent site.[Volumes 2] The Catholic Answers transcription, however, is an exact transcription of the original text, whereas the New Advent version at times modernizes certain words (e.g., using the names of Old Testament books found in modern Bibles, such as "1 & 2 Chronicles" and "Obadiah", in place of the Vulgate/Douay–Rheims titles, such as "1 & 2 Paralipomenon" and "Abdias") and Biblical citation formatting (i.e., the Catholic Answers version retains the original's usage of Roman numerals for chapter numbers [e.g., Genesis i, 1], while the New Advent
New Advent
version uses Arabic numerals throughout [e.g., Genesis 1:1]). Other scanned copies of the 1913 Encyclopedia are available on Google Books, at the Internet Archive, and at Wikimedia Commons. Wikisource also hosts a transcription project backed by the scans hosted at Commons.[Volumes 3] The 1922 supplement to the Encyclopedia is also in the public domain and is available online. The New Catholic Encyclopedia also is available online at some libraries. See also[edit]

Encyclopaedia Biblica Jewish Encyclopedia Lists of encyclopedias New Catholic Encyclopedia Orthodox Encyclopedia

References[edit] Explanatory notes

^ "The Catholic Encyclopedia". New Advent. Retrieved September 6, 2010.  ^ "Catholic Encyclopedia". Catholic Answers.  ^

Volume Names Year first pub. Wikisource (Incomplete) Internet Archive Google Books Chief editor

1 Aachen–Assize 1907 Wikisource
Wikisource
1 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
1 Google Books
Google Books
1 Charles George Herbermann

2 Assize–Brownr Wikisource
Wikisource
2 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
2 Google Books
Google Books
2

3 Brow–Clancy 1908 Wikisource
Wikisource
3 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
3 Google Books
Google Books
3

4 Cland–Diocesan Wikisource
Wikisource
4 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
4 Google Books
Google Books
4

5 Diocese–Fathers 1909 Wikisource
Wikisource
5 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
5 Google Books
Google Books
5

6 Fathers–Gregory Wikisource
Wikisource
6 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
6 Google Books
Google Books
6

7 Gregory–Infallibility 1910 Wikisource7 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
7 Google Books
Google Books
7

8 Infamy–Lapparent Wikisource
Wikisource
8 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
8 Google Books
Google Books
8

9 Laprade–Mass Wikisource
Wikisource
9 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
9 Google Books
Google Books
9

10 Mass–Newman 1911 Wikisource
Wikisource
10 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
10 Google Books
Google Books
10

11 New Mexico–Philip Wikisource
Wikisource
11 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
11 Google Books
Google Books
11

12 Philip–Revalidation Wikisource
Wikisource
12 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
12 Google Books
Google Books
12

13 Revelation–Simon Stock 1912 Wikisource
Wikisource
13 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
13 Google Books
Google Books
13

14 Simony–Tournely Wikisource
Wikisource
14 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
14 Google Books
Google Books
14

15 Tournon–Zwirner Wikisource
Wikisource
15 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
15 Google Books
Google Books
15

16 Index 1914 Wikisource
Wikisource
16 Internet Archive
Internet Archive
16 Google Books
Google Books
16

17 Supplement I (1922)

Internet Archive
Internet Archive
17 Google Books
Google Books
17

18 Supplement II

Google Books
Google Books
18

19 Supplemental Year Books

Supplemental Year Books 1912–1922

Citations

^ Herberman, Charles G.; et al., eds. (1907). The Catholic Encyclopedia. Volume 1: Aachen–Assize. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Title page.  ^ "The Original Catholic Encyclopedia". El Cajon, California: Catholic Answers. Retrieved 2011-07-21.  ^ Preface to the Catholic Encyclopedia ^ "Scan of 'Preface'". El Cajon, California: Catholic Answers. Retrieved September 6, 2010.  ^ "The Making of the Catholic Encyclopedia". The Catholic Encyclopedia and its Makers. New York: The Encyclopedia Press. 1917. pp. iii–viii. OCLC 748253.  ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Mohammed and Mohammedanism (Islam)". Newadvent.org. Retrieved 23 December 2017.  ^ "About". El Cajon, California: Catholic Answers. Retrieved September 6, 2010.  ^ "Celledoor Miscellany: Selected Illustrations from the Catholic Encyclopedia". Celledoor.blogspot.com. June 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-04.  ^ Separation of Church and State, Hamburger, Philip, Harvard University Press (2002), p. 412. ^ The Catholic encyclopedia and its makers 1917

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