For nearly 2,000 years, the bishops of Rome have addressed theological topics of especially timely concern through the circulation of papal letters. These letters became known as encyclicals, and since the later eighteenth century, they have become increasingly important in the popes’ exercise of their teaching office. In the mid-nineteenth century, the encyclical letter began to take on its contemporary form as a theological treatise applying Christian teaching to immediate circumstances. And in the twentieth century, papal encyclicals emerged as some of the most important theology produced worldwide.
The Papal Encyclicals: 1740–1981 (5 vols.) presents 280 encyclicals in English from Benedict XIV to John Paul II. These letters approach matters of faith and morals and answer important questions on dogmatics and on the social and ethical issues of the society in which they were composed. For the student, scholar, or layperson, this collection is essential for studying and searching the papal teaching of the past 250 years.
With the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in the encyclicals are tagged and appear on mouse-over. What's more, references to important works, such as the decrees of Vatican II, Trent, or the writings of the Church Fathers, are tagged. This makes these texts more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal study. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “mercy” or “Eucharist.”
This edition will remain for decades to come a standard reference that has put all students of the papacy in the editor's debt.
—Catholic Historical Review
One of the most prodigious ventures in Catholic publishing and surely one of the most historically important. It would be difficult to imagine that any Catholic library at educational institutions, chanceries, or parishes could be without it.
—The Catholic Standard
Catholics and non-Catholics alike will be grateful . . . for . . . the entire corpus of . . . encyclicals . . . even professional scholars will find this monumental collection of papal documents absolutely indispensable. . . .
—National Catholic News Service
Claudia Carlen is the preeminent authority on papal documents. She has authored and edited numerous other works on papal pronouncements including the Guide to the Documents of Pius XII. She is also the recipient of four honorary doctorates that specifically recognize her work in this area.
Nicholas A. B. Hall