In this age of doctrinal confusion there is a pressing need for a comprehensive sourcebook on authentic Catholic dogma that carries the full weight of the Magisterium of the Church while at the same time both practical and handily accessible to clergy and laity alike. You have such a book in this English translation of Father Heinrich Denzinger’s Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, or, as we more commonly know it Sources of Catholic Dogma, or simply “Denzinger”.
Since it was first published a century and a half ago, this handbook or collection (enchiridion) of articles (symbols) of faith and morals has enjoyed universal appeal and approbation since the pontificate of Blessed Pope Pius IX. The book has been updated periodically; this is the 1957 edition. The collection includes all articles and creeds of the Catholic Faith beginning with that of the twelve apostles, all dogmatic definitions stamped with the Petrine authority of the Apostolic See (ex cathedra), decrees of the solemn Magisterium, papal bulls, encyclicals and letters, as well as some of the more weighty decisions of the Holy Office prior to 1957.
Although not every entry in this compendium of Church teaching is definitional (i.e., ex-cathedra), it still should be considered the final word on doctrinal questions, especially in these times of ecclesiastical anarchy. In addition to a general index there is a scriptural index plus an invaluable systematic or topical index making for very easy reference.
Thirtieth Edition of Henry Denzinger’s Enchiridion Symbolorum 2009. 720 pages reprint of 1957 edition / Roy J. Deferrari, translated Gold-foil stamped. Hardcover.
About the Author of The Sources of Catholic Dogma
Father Heinrich Joseph Dominicus Denzinger was born in 1819 at Liege, Belgium. He earned his Ph.D. at Wurzburg, where he eventually entered the seminary and was ordained a priest in 1844. Four years later he became Professor Extraordinary of dogmatic theology, and continued to occupy this position until his death. Many of his works are based on historical theology; these include the Sources of Catholic Dogma and Enchiridion Symbolorum et Definitionum, the latter of which was edited by Ignatius Stahl after the author’s death. Father Denzinger died on the nineteenth of June, 1883, at Wurzburg.
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