Roman Catholics: A Modern Encyclopedia

The first new English-language Catholic encyclopedia in over half a century is a bookmaker's spectacular. Published this week by McGraw-Hill* and edited by scholars at the Catholic University of America, the New Catholic Encyclopedia was seven years in preparation, took $4,000,000 to produce. It will cost $550 to acquire the set — and may well be worth it. The 15 volumes contain 15,350 pages, 7,500 illustrations, 15 million words, 17,000 articles ranging from "A Cappella" to "Zwinglianism."

The new reference work supersedes the venerable, outdated Catholic Encyclopedia, published between 1907 and 1914. The differences between the two are a measure of...

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