Catholic EncyclopediaEnglish-language encyclopedia published in 1913 by the Roman Catholic Church, designed to give "authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine." Starting in 1993, the encyclopedia (now in the public domain) was placed on the Internet through a world-wide effort of volunteers.
- Charles G. Herbermann, Professor of Latin and Librarian of the College of the City of New York
- Edward A. Pace, then Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University
- Condé B. Pallen, Editor
- Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Shahan, then Professor of Church History at the Catholic University
- John J. Wynne, S.J, Editor of The Messenger
In addition to having frequent informal conferences and constant intercommunication by letters, the editors subsequently held 134 formal meetings to consider the plan, scope and progress of the work, until April 19, 1913.
In 1993, Kevin Knight, a 26-year-old resident of Denver, Colorado, inspired during the appearance of Pope John Paul II to that city for World Youth Day, initiated the project to put the 1913 edition of the encyclopedia into cyberspace. Knight founded the website New Advent to house the undertaking. Volunteers from the United States, Canada, France, and Brazil helped in the transcription of the original material. The site went on-line in 1995 and was completed in 1997.
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This encyclopedia was designed to serve the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore, it explains matters from the point of view of the official Roman Catholic doctrine. On issues that divide the Roman Catholic from other churches, the text will consistently present matters from the Roman Catholic point of view. Also, because the encyclopedia was undertaken in 1913, some of its entries are not up to date, either with the secular or Roman Catholic ecclesiastical world.
This does not necessarily mean that it is any more biased than other Online Religious Dictionaries of the various faiths and religions of the world today, only that it should not be taken as an unbiased and objective source of information.
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