Bibliographic Details

New Catholic encyclopedia.

Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint Detroit, MI : Thomson/Gale Group ; Washington, D.C. : in association with the Catholic University of America, c2003.
Description 15 v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Catholic Church -- Encyclopedias.
Catholic Church.
Reference works.
Format E-Resource, Print, Book
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Other title Catholic Encyclopedia.
Other authors / contributors Catholic University of America.
ISBN 0787640042 (set) : $995.00
0787640050 (v. 1)
0787640069 (v. 2)
0787640077 (v. 3)
0787640085 (v. 4)
0787640093 (v. 5)
0787640107 (v. 6)
0787640115 (v. 7)
0787640123 (v. 8)
0787640131 (v. 9)
078764014X (v. 10)
0787640158 (v. 11)
0787640166 (v. 12)
0787640174 (v. 13)
0787640182 (v. 14)
Notes Volume 15: Index.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Review by Choice Review

Since the index volume for this set has not yet appeared, this review is necessarily incomplete. When the index volume is available, Choice will consider revising this appraisal.New Catholic Encyclopedia (15v., 1967-89; CH, Jun'67) began appearing in 1967, superseding Catholic Encyclopedia (17v., 1907-14), then more than half a century old. New Catholic and its predecessor covered much the same ground, but each treated topics ignored by the other, so both were given shelf space in reference collections in many libraries. That entire replacement of a respected but dated reference source was only temporarily sufficient, and the editors wisely produced periodic supplemental volumes down to 2001. Even with these supplements, original articles often needed to be revised, making necessary this welcome second edition. New material, especially about the controversial topics of gender and reproduction, has been added. Older articles have been revised, or their bibliographies updated. In some cases (e.g., with regard to Nicholas of Cusa) needed revision has been neglected, leaving out much new work in English. The scope of this edition is, in fact, impressively broad. Topics covered range from abortion to the Orchard Lake seminary, and the latest papal pronouncements on topics like labor and women and Canon Law are included. Recent news about sexual abuse by members of the clergy is not mentioned, no doubt because of inevitable delays in publishing so large a reference set. As readers should expect, the viewpoints expressed are Roman Catholic; the viewpoint of some articles (e.g., "Abortion") is simply partisan. Others, including "Sexism" and "Woman in Canon Law," make room for other viewpoints or express the authors' own ideas about issues not effectively addressed by the church. Many articles include helpful cross-references. With its updates and breadth and depth of coverage, this edition belongs in all collections with interest in religion. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University

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Review by Choice Review