Patristics: Catholicism

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Catholic Resources on the Web

Catholic Resources

  • The Holy See
    The official Vatican website, including numerous papal documents and a new search engine.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Full text of the 1997 American edition, plus search engine.
  • Code of Canon Law (The Laws of the Roman Catholic Church)
    The full text of the 1983 edition via IntraText.
  • Catholic Information Center on Internet
  • The Catholic Encyclopedia
    An online transcription of the original print edition, which was published between 1907 and 1912. As the 1908 preface says, "The Catholic Encyclopedia, as its name implies, proposes to give its readers full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, action and doctrine."
  • New Advent
    Includes articles from Catholic encyclopedia, full text in English translation of Aquinas' Summa Theologica, English translations of selected documents of the early church and of the Catholic Church; and numerous Catholic links.
  • The Catholic Liturgical Library
    Provides historical and current information about the liturgies of the Latin (Roman) rite of the Catholic Church. Includes texts, as well as links to articles and other sources that compare and discuss liturgies.
  • ZENIT
    The homepage of the Rome-based international news agency. The agency's mission is to provide objective and professional coverage of events, documents and issues emanating from or concerning the Catholic Church for a worldwide audience, especially the media.
  • Catholic.net
    The successor to the Catholic Information Center on the Internet (CICI), this site provides access to leading Catholic magazines and newspapers, papal and Church documents, and devotional services, as well as weekly highlights from Catholic publications and web sites.
  • The Society of Jesus in the United States
    This official site of the Society of Jesus in the U.S. includes numerous pages of links to Jesuit provinces, Jesuit ministries, web sites of individual Jesuits, and more.  It incorporates most of the material from the former site, Jesuit Resources on the World Wide Web.
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.