Review by Choice Review
Coinciding with the Pope's proclaimed Jubilee Year 2000, the Jubilee Volume concentrates on the developments, policies, and history made during John Paul II's papacy, 1978 to today. The editor claims it is not just another supplement to New Catholic Encyclopedia (15v., 1967, with four supplements, 1974-95), but is "a propaedia to the future revised edition that will follow in due course"--good news for scholars and librarians severely limited by the age of the 1967 edition. Jubilee Volume has two main parts: 12 interpretive essays on issues and actions occurring during the 22 years of John Paul II's papacy, and a general reference about his reign. The new volume retains the familiar green binding, but publication has passed to the Gale Group. Signaling a new edition of this standard Catholic work, this volume will be an important addition to every library. J. Dickinson; University of Nebraska--Lincoln
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Review by Booklist Review
The Catholic University of America and the Gale Group have collaboratively produced this Jubilee Volume of The New Catholic Encyclopedia, which reviews the pontificate of Karol Wojtyla, also known as John Paul II. It needs to be clearly noted that the Jubilee Volume (so called to mark the pope's designation of the year 2000 as a "Jubilee Year") is not the fifth supplement to the original 15-volume edition, published in 1967, but an introduction to the forthcoming revised edition, scheduled for release in October 2001. Some 177 prominent scholars, theologians, and pastors worldwide contributed material. The encyclopedia has two distinct sections. Part 1 consists of 12 thematic essays that interpret, survey, and analyze the principles guiding and influencing the pope. George Weigel, author of a biography of John Paul II, considers the pontiff's role in the collapse of Communism. Gregory Baum, of the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, examines John Paul's economic teaching; and Lawrence Cunningham, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, studies Lumen gentium (universal call to holiness), a favorite theme of papal preaching. Part 2 chronicles the life of Wojtyla by pontifical year, with an additional section on the activities of the Synod of Bishops (an institution made up of the pope and all the Catholic bishops) and an alphabetical listing and evaluation of John Paul's more important documents and pronouncements. This is followed by 150 signed encyclopedia entries on people, places, institutions, and events associated with John Paul's nearly 25-year pontificate. Much of the material here is new, but some is recycled from the earlier New Catholic Encyclopedia. Almost one-third of the entries in this section are biographies of Catholic cardinals. Rounding out the volume are A^-Z biographies of the recently canonized and beatified, for example, Katherine Drexel (1858^-1955), the second U.S.-born saint after Elizabeth Seton, and the popular Pier Georgio Frassati (1901^-1925), an Italian who died of polio at the age of 24. Appended is an exhaustive list of patron saints. A convenient index facilitates easy access to volume's contents. This excellent Jubilee Volume is essential for all libraries with strong collections on Catholicism.
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Review by Library Journal Review
Executive editor Bernard L. Marthaler, O.S.M. conv., indicates that this book is a preamble to the revised edition of the forthcoming New Catholic Encyclopedia. One could argue that it is also an appropriate concluding supplement to that venerable 15-volume work, originally published in 1967. In appearance, it is identical to the other volumes. Arranged into two parts, it closely chronicles the life, teachings, and activities of Karol Wojtyla. First, 12 thematic essays review and critique the contributions of Pope John Paul II and his influence on the 20th century. George Weigel from the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, and Gregory G. Baum of McGill University thoroughly discuss John Paul's role in the new democracies of Eastern Europe and his economic teachings, respectively. The second part defines actual events, people, and teachings in the pontificate of John Paul II. Every Synod of Bishop that gathered is identified by initiating purpose and salient contributions. Many of their resulting statements became foundations for later magisterial documents, which are arranged alphabetically, from ad Tuendam Fidem to Veritatis Splendor. Next, in typical encyclopedia format, are the people, places, institutions, and events that have some resonance during the reign of John Paul II, such as Mother Teresa, Leonardo Boff, and Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva. Each entry is signed by one of 177 qualified contributors, and bibliographies are appended. The volume concludes with 200 pages of short biographies of individuals either beatified or canonized by John Paul II. Highly useful and thoroughly prepared, this work is essential for all libraries.-John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin, Platteville. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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