Homiletics and Pastoral Theology

 I. Homiletics

  1. Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism, selected and arranged by Rev. Francis Spirago, supplemented, adapted to the Baltimore Catechism, and edited by Rev. James J. Baxter (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1904). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive with a second copy at Internet Archive; and available in pdf format at FishEaters. [N.B., The website FishEaters evinces hostility to the Second Vatican Council that requires correction with the hermeneutic of continuity. Please read other texts on the website with prayerful caution.]
  2. The Catechism Explained: An Exhaustive Exposition of the Christian Religion, with Special Reference to the Present State of Society and the Spirit of the Age: A Practical Manual for the Use of the Preacher, the Catechist, the Teacher, and the Family; Made Attractive and Interesting by Illustrations, Comparisons, and Quotations from the Scriptures, the Fathers, and other Writers, from the original of Rev. Francis Spirago, edited by Rev. Richard F. Clarke, S.J. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1899). May be read online, and available in multiple formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, txt, Daisy, and djvu) at Internet Archive and Open Library. Another edition (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers), with 1921 Imprimatur, is available at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 8th edition is available at Internet Archive and Open Library, but with some pages missing from the Preface. The Bellarmine Forum edition, edited by Dr. John B. Manos, Esq., may be read online at the Bellarmine Forum, with the Table of Contents on this page. [N.B., The Bellarmine Forum manifests hostility to the Second Vatican Council that requires correction with the hermeneutic of continuity. Please read other texts on this website with prayerful caution.]
  3. Catechism for Parish Priests (Also known as the Catechism of the Council of Trent, the Roman Catechism, or the Catechism of St. Pius V). May be downloaded here on Catholic Primer (e-text copyright 2005 by Catholic Primer); and may be read at Catechetics Online and the Modern History Sourcebook.
  4. Divine grace; a series of instructions arranged according to the Baltimore catechism; an aid to teachers and preachers, by Edmund John Wirth (New York, Cincinnati: Benziger brothers, 1903). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive
  5. “Evangelistic Preaching in the Catholic Tradition”, by Colleen Reiss Vermeulen. Available in PDF format (on this page) at the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.
  6. The Friar Preacher: Yesterday and Today, by Father Jacquin, O.P., translated by Father Hugh Pope, O.P. (London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne, 1915). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats atInternet Archive and Open Library.
  7. Notes on the Correct Way to Present the Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church, by the Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews (July 1, 1985). May be read online at the Holy See. As noted in Second Exodus, it states: “Jesus affirms that there shall be ‘one flock and one shepherd’ (Jn. 10:16). The Church and Judaism cannot, then, be seen as two parallel ways of salvation and the Church must witness to Christ as the Redeemer for all.”
  8. Sacred Eloquence, or, The Theory and Practice of Preaching, by Thomas J. Potter (New York: Frederick Pustet & Co., 1891). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
  9. Sacred Rhetoric; or, The Art of Rhetoric as Applied to the Preaching of the Word of God, by the author of “Programmes of Sermons and Instructions” (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1881). May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, djvu, kindle/mobi, Daisy, and txt formats, at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  10. Spirago’s Method of Christian Doctrine; a Manual for Priests, Teachers, and Parents, by Franz Spirago, edited by Archbishop Sebastian Gebhard Messmer (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Open Library and Internet Archive, and another copy at Open Library.
  11. “The Theology of Preaching in the Catechism of the Catholic Church”, by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. 23 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of Dominican Friars, Province of Saint Joseph.

II. Pastoral Theology

  1. The Ambassador of Christ, by James Cardinal Gibbons (Baltimore, New York, London: John Murphy & Company, 1896). May be read online and available in pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, Daisy, djvu, and text formats at Internet Archiveand Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  2. Catechesis for Children with Disabilities: A Handbook for Parish Leaders, presented by Office of Family Catechesis / Parish Leadership Support, Diocese of Phoenix (Updated March 28, 2017). Available in pdf format at the Diocese of Phoenix. [N.B., The text states: “All rights reserved. Permission must be granted for reproduction in whole or part by all entities other than Diocese of Phoenix parishes, schools and partnering organizations. Please contact the Office of Family Catechesis for permission to use or reproduce.”]
  3. Manual of Pastoral Theology: A Practical Guide for Ecclesiastical Students and Newly Ordained Priests, 2nd revised and enlarged edition, with supplement in accordance with the latest decrees, by Rev. Frederick Schulze (Milwaukee, Wis.: Diederich-Schaefer, 1914). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  4. The Parish Priest on Duty: A Practical Manual for Pastors, Curates, and Theological Students Preparing for the Mission, by Herman Joseph Heuser (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1904). With Imprimatur. Available at Open Library and Internet Archive.
  5. The Pastoral Office, by Henry Edward [Manning], Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (London: Printed for private use only, 1883). Available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Open Libraryand Internet Archive; and also available at Forgotten Books (with some pages limited to members) at Google Books. [N.B., This treatise on the office and ministry of bishops is an excellent summation of the teaching of the Church on the episcopate.]
  6. Pastoral Theology, by Rev. William Stang (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1897). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, and other formats at Internet Archive, in pdf format at University of Toronto Libraries, at Google Books, and (with some pages accessible to members) at Forgotten Books.
  7. Practical Instruction for New Confessors, 3rdedition, by Filippo Maria Salvatori, S.J. and Antonio Ballerini, S.J., translated by William Hutch, D.D. (London: Burns and Oates; New York: Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Bros.). With 1885 Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive. The 1st and 2nd editions (London: Burns and Oates; New York: Catholic Publication Society Company, 1885 and 1887) are available at Internet Archive and Internet Archive, respectively.
  8. Theory and practice of the confessional: a guide in the administration of the sacrament of penance, by Caspar Erich Schieler (New York : Benziger Brothers, 1905). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive with a second copy here and at Open Archive.
  9. Timothy; or, Letters to a Young Theologian, by Dr. Franz Hettinger, translated and adapted by Rev. Victor Stepka (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder, 1902). With Imprimatur. May be read onlineand available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle) at Internet Archive and Open Library.


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