Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia (English for Catholic Encyclopedia ) is a published in 1913, authored in English lexicon. The aim of the work was to give a broad public with comprehensive information on theory, doctrine and practice of the Catholic faith as well as in-depth information on the history, especially the history of the Church. A new edition appeared in 1922.


In the original preface, which is now published on the Internet, it says:

"The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name Implies, Proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the Entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine. What the Church teaches and Has taught; what she has done and is doing quiet for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art -. come within the scope of all the Catholic Encyclopedia "

" The Catholic Encyclopedia want to, as the name suggests, give their readers a wealth of comprehensive and reliable information on all topics of Catholic interests, practices and teachings. What the Church teaches and has taught; what she has done for the highest good of humanity and still does; their past and present practices; their struggles, their triumphs and the special services of its members; not only to pull a fast advantage of it, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art - all of which fall within the competence of the Catholic Encyclopedia. "

Consequently, the illustrations in this work are clearly focused on Roman Catholic perspectives and principles. Nevertheless, the Catholic Encyclopedia is frequently used, especially in scientific and university sector as a source, as it can also offer a large number of facts from history. Finally, the Church was in the Middle Ages virtually the only institution that created systematic records.


The work on the Catholic Encyclopedia began on January 11, 1905 under the direction of five expert editors:

  • Charles George Herbermann, Professor of Latin and librarian at City College of New York
  • Edward A. Pace, professor of philosophy at the Catholic University
  • Condé B. Pallen, editor
  • Rev. Thomas J. Shahan, Professor of Church History at the Catholic University of America
  • John J. Wynne, SJ, editor of The Messenger

The authors first sat down together on the editorial board of The Messenger in New York City and worked through to completion on 19 April 1913 the work.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

1967, a new edition of the Encyclopedia on behalf of the Catholic University of America (Washington DC) was published, which included 15 volumes; published in the following years supplements. 2002/2003, a second revised edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia was published.


  • Charles G. Herbermann ( Ed. ): The catholic encyclopedia - to international work of reference on the constitution, doctrine, discipline, and history of the catholic church. Appleton, New York 1907-1912 (15 vols, 1 supplementary volume 1958)
  • New Catholic encyclopedia: an international work of reference on the teachings, history, organization, and activities of the Catholic Church, and all institutions, religions, philosophies, and scientific and cultural Developments Affecting the Catholic Church from its beginning to the present. MacGraw - Hill, New York, inter alia, 1967-1996 (15 vols, 4 supplementary volumes )
  • Thomas Carson ( Proj Ed. ): New Catholic encyclopedia. 2nd edition, Thomson / Gale, Detroit 2003 ( 15 vols )