New Catholic Encyclopedia: Jubilee Volume : The Wojtyla Years
Catholic University of America
Gale Research International, Limited, 2001 - Religion - 681 pages
This preamble to the revised edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia focuses on the pontificate of Pope John Paul II and on events in the last decades of the twentieth century. Promising the same scholarship and comprehensive coverage praised in the NCE, the Jubilee Volume is a registry of people and issues that shaped the Church in the period after the Second Vatican Council. Their importance lies in the influence they have had on shaping the future of the Church as it crosses the threshold from one millennium to the next.The volume has two distinctive parts. The first is a series of interpretative essays that survey developments and analyze the principles that have determined church policy in the years of Pope John Paul's pontificate. They trace political and cultural influences that formed the outlook and values that Karol Wojtyla brought with him from Poland to Rome and to the world. Each of the authors focuses on a particular aspect: his personalist philosophy, approach to theology, social thought,,implementation of Vatican II, and ecumenical concerns. The essays show that his vision and influence transcend theological issues and extend well beyond the institutional Church to basic human rights and family values, to the arts and science, to economics and geopolitics.The second part of the volume follows the traditional encyclopedia format in reporting the hard data that one expects to find in a reference work: dates, place names, information about people, institutions, and events. A major section of this second part presents thumbnail sketches of hundreds of saints and beati declared by John Paul II.
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Executive editor Bernard L. Marthaler, O.S.M. conv., indicates that this book is a preamble to the revised edition of the forthcoming New Catholic Encyclopedia. One could argue that it is also an appropriate concluding supplement to that venerable 15-volume work, originally published in 1967. In appearance, it is identical to the other volumes. Arranged into two parts, it closely chronicles the life, teachings, and activities of Karol Wojtyla. First, 12 thematic essays review and critique the contributions of Pope John Paul II and his influence on the 20th century. George Weigel from the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and Gregory G. Baum of McGill University thoroughly discuss John Paul's role in the new democracies of Eastern Europe and his economic teachings, respectively. The second part defines actual events, people, and teachings in the pontificate of John Paul II. Every Synod of Bishop that gathered is identified by initiating purpose and salient contributions. Many of their resulting statements became foundations for later magisterial documents, which are arranged alphabetically, from ad Tuendam Fidem to Veritatis Splendor. Next, in typical encyclopedia format, are the people, places, institutions, and events that have some resonance during the reign of John Paul II, such as Mother Teresa, Leonardo Boff, and Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva. Each entry is signed by one of 177 qualified contributors, and bibliographies are appended. The volume concludes with 200 pages of short biographies of individuals either beatified or canonized by John Paul II. Highly useful and thoroughly prepared, this work is essential for all libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin, Platteville. ...
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