Vatican Statements and Resources: The Vatican site offers the most comprehensive collection of official documents, papal encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, addresses, and speeches from modern popes, as well as documents from various departments of the Roman Curia: pontifical congregations, councils, academies, and commissions. Publications by academies and institutes include contributions by academics and experts from a variety of disciplinary and religious (and non-religious) backgrounds.
- Papal Statements: Encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, addresses, etc. of modern Catholic popes beginning with Pope Leo XIII (1878) to the present.
- Roman Curia & Pontifical Congregations: Congregations are the highest-ranking departments within the Roman Curia. The congregations deal with key concerns of the Holy See including:
- Doctrine of the Faith: The oldest of the nine congregations, its main purpose is to safeguard the integrity of the faith. It regularly releases major statements on disputed issues.
- Other Sacred Congregations: Worship and Sacraments, Evangelization, Education, Oriental Churches, Saints (Canonization), Clergy, Consecrated Life, Bishops
- Pontifical Councils: Pontifical Councils contribute to the evolving discussion of critical aspects of moral, social/political, and religious life including:
- Pontifical Academies: Academic societies established by the Holy See to explore a variety of scientific, cultural, theological, and ecclesiastical fields including:
- Sciences: brings together a international consortium of distinguished scientists to explore issues relating to science, science policy, ecology, etc. The site offers an array of publications from thematic conferences and workshops.
- Social Sciences: includes publications of the proceedings from a number of its important international conferences on human rights, religious freedom, the global economy, etc.
- Life: this academy focuses on issues in bioethics and life ethics.
- Other Pontifical Academies: Theological Academy, Thomas Aquinas, Archeology, Fine Arts, Ecclesiastical (Diplomatic Training), Cultorem Martyrum, Marian Academy, Academy for Latin.
- Catechism of the Catholic: promulgated in 1992 as “a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion and a sure norm for teaching the faith” (John Paul II)
- Pontifical Commissions: Biblical Commission, International Theological Commission, Sacred Archeology, Latin America, Catechism, Ecclesia Dei.
- Code of Canon Law: a system of laws to regulate the organization and government of the Church as a whole and to direct the activities of Catholics toward the mission of the Church
Canon Law Resources: Canon Law Professionals Resource page to Vatican and various national canon law societies.
- Pontifical Oriental Institute: Focussed on the study of the theological, spiritual and liturgical patrimony of the Eastern Churches in union with Rome, and ecumenical dialogue with related churches.
- Vatican Observatory: One of the oldest astronomical observatories in the world. Conducts interdisciplinary research on scientific issues/debates and their relationship to faith.
ACADEMIC CENTRES / ASSOCIATIONS
- Aquinas Institute of Theology – Reference Tools for Catholic Theology and Catholic Studies: A useful guide to online resources in Catholic theology, ethics and history with specific focus on the Dominican tradition.
- KAAD – Katholische Akademischer Auslander Dienst: Catholic Academic Exchange Service promote scholarly cooperation on global Catholicism
- Catholic Research Resources Alliance: A collaborative project by 8 Catholic colleges / universities dedicated to sharing electronic resources. The site provides access to an array of materials relevant to Catholic studies.
- Centre for Studies and Research on the Second Vatican Council (Lateran University): a center for documentation and studies that aims to promote scientific research on Vatican II.
- Catholic Theological Society of America: a forum for the interdisciplinary study of theology and to relate theological research to current problems. The proceedings of its annual conferences can be found at: CTSA Proceedings.
- Seton Hall Theology Library – wide array of primary and secondary texts on Catholicism organized by topic areas.
OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES
- New Catholic Encyclopedia (2003) – this updated encyclopedia (with its supplements) offers an excellent resource for topics on all areas of Catholic life, culture, history, and doctrine. (This link is only accessible to McGill Library users.)
- Catholic Encyclopedia (1913): an older but valuable reference tool for Catholic history, thought and culture
- Christian Classics (Ethereal Library) – a wide selection of Christian classics from across history and traditions.
- Resources for Catholic Educators: Resources for Catholic studies organized by topic areas.
- ETWN Library of Catholic Resources Offers a wide array of primary and secondary material on Catholicism. The ETWN selection avoids any material which it would judge to be liberal or dissident forms of Catholicism.
- The Catholic Report Offers a collection of contemporary and historical material on Catholicism. Emphasis on “orthodoxy.”
- Catholic Culture: Online resources on Catholicism with an emphasis on “fidelity to the magisterium.”
- Catholic Education Resource Centre: a clearing-house for periodical articles and essays on contemporary issues in Catholicism.
CATHOLIC JOURNALS / REVIEWS
- List of Catholic Journals Indexed by ATLA (American Theological Libraries Association).
- List of Catholic Journals not currently indexed by ATLA