In all things the object of the Encyclopedia is to give the whole truth without prejudice, national, political or factional.
Catholic Church, either as an institution which has been the central figure in the civilized world for nearly two thousand years, decisively affecting its destinies, religious, literary, scientific, social and political, or as an existing power whose influence and activity extend to every part of the globe.
No one who is interested in human history, past and present, can ignore the.
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The Encyclopedia bears the imprimatur of the Most Reverend Archbishop under whose jurisdiction it is published.
The Encyclopedia, princess therefore, is the most convenient means of doing both, enabling, as it does, the foremost Catholic scholars in every part of the world to contribute articles in the condensed form that appeals to the man of action, and with the accuracy that satisfies the scholar.
Their download living interests demand that they should have the means of informing themselves about this vast institution, which, whether they are.
It records all that Catholics have done, not only in behalf of charity and morals, but also for the intellectual and artistic development of mankind.
Representing as they do Catholic scholarship in every part of the world, they give the work an international character.
Catholics or not, affects their fortunes and their destiny.
The work is entirely new, and not merely a translation or a compilation from other encyclopedia sources.
Even the writings of the best intentioned authors are at times disfigured by serious errors on Catholic subjects, which are for the most part due, not to ill-will, but to lack of knowledge.
In the determination of the truth the most recent and acknowledged scientific methods are employed, and the results of the latest research in theology, philosophy, history, apologetics, archology, and other sciences are given careful consideration.
It chronicles what Catholic artists, educators, poets, scientists and men of action have achieved in their several provinces.
It would be fatuous to hope to call into immediate existence a Catholic English literature adequate to supply this knowledge and correct errors.
The Editors are fully aware that there is no specifically Catholic science, that mathematics, physiology and other branches of human knowledge are neither Catholic, Jewish, nor Protestant; but when it is commonly asserted that Catholic principles are an obstacle to scientific research, it seems not only proper but needful to register what and how much.
In constituting the Editors the ecclesiastical censors, he has given them a singular proof of his confidence and of his desire to facilitate the publication of the work which he has promoted most effectively by his influence and kindly co-operation.
On the other hand, it is not exclusively a church encyclopedia, nor is it limited to the ecclesiastical sciences and the doings of churchmen.