Item #1491 Documents of American Catholic History. John Tracy Ellis.
Documents of American Catholic History
Documents of American Catholic History
Documents of American Catholic History

Documents of American Catholic History

Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing, 1956. First edition. Large octavo, original oatmeal cloth, original dust jacket. Mild soiling to cloth boards, minor creasing to top edges of clipped bright, clean dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #1491

"A GROWING INTEREST IN THE PART THAT THE CHURCH HAS PLAYED IN AMERICAN HISTORY"

First edition of this fascinating anthology of primary sources—collecting 163 pivotal texts illustrating the history of the Catholic Church in America—edited by Monsignor John Tracy Ellis of Catholic University. Now scarce in the original dust jacket without any ex-library markings.

Perhaps Monsignor Ellis’ greatest work of scholarship was his Documents of American Catholic History (1956), a standard work for a generation of American seminarians. "Given the fact that Americans are notoriously weak in history, Ellis’ herculean effort has ensured that thousands of priests have been spared that regrettable lacuna. After all, as the great Roman orator and philosopher, Cicero, warned millennia ago, 'To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?' And even more to the point: 'History is truly the witness of times past, the light of truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity.' Indeed, so many of our contemporary problems in the Church can be laid at the doorstep of an ignorance of her history. (Peter M.J. Stravinskas in Catholic World Report).

The book is grouped into four time periods: The Spanish Colonies, The French Colonies, The English Colonies, and The National Period. Each text, from Pope Alexander VI's Bull "Inter caetera" (May 4, 1493) to Pope Pius XII's Encyclical "Sertum laetitiae" on the Sesquicentennial of the American Hierarchy (November 1, 1939), is introduced by a brief editorial note. With Monsignor Ellis's Preface, dated "Washington, D. C. August 15, 1955." Approbations.

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