The first installment of a new multi-volume library of theological dictionaries makes available for the first time in English a wealth of information. Edited by Karl Rahner in its second edition and by Walter Kasper in the completely reworked, revised, and updated third edition, this is the most authoritative starting point for information on a wide variety of Catholic theological topics. Used around the world by scholars and students of theology, church history, art history, history, sociology, and other areas of interest, these accessible articles offer detailed, comprehensive information, maps, drawings, and a wealth of biographic data, completely updated and adapted for English language productions. Actually two dictionaries in one, this superb reference work includes both biographic entries on the pontificates of each pope and antipope in the historical record, and entries on the institutional, canonical, and theological aspects of the papacy. Articles of contemporary interest such as the Holy (Jubilee) Year are also included.
This first installment of the Encyclopedia of Theology and Church is the best one-volume reference work on the popes and the papacy. Part one covers every pope and antipope; part two discusses the institution of the Vatican and the papacy.