On the other hand, it is not exclusively a church encyclopedia, nor is it limited to the ecclesiastical sciences and the doings of churchmen.

It records all that Catholics have done, not only in behalf of charity and morals, but also for the intellectual and artistic development of mankind.

Even the writings of the best intentioned authors are at times disfigured by serious errors on Catholic subjects, which are for the most part due, not to ill-will, but to lack of knowledge.

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The Encyclopedia, therefore, is the most convenient means of doing both, enabling, as it does, the foremost Catholic scholars in every part of the world to contribute articles in the condensed form that appeals to the man of action, and with the accuracy that satisfies the scholar.

Designed to present its readers with the full body of Catholic teaching, the Encyclopedia contains not only precise statements of what the Church has defined, but also an impartial record of different views of acknowledged authority on all disputed questions.

In the past century the Church has grown both extensively and intensively among English-speaking peoples.

Their living interests demand that they should have the means of informing themselves about this vast institution, which, whether they are Catholics or not, affects their fortunes and their destiny.

Soon the Anglican church completely caved in, allowing contraception across the board.

Since then, all other Protestant denominations have followed suit.

The work is entirely new, and not merely a translation or a compilation from other encyclopedia sources.

The Editors have insisted that the articles should contain the latest and most accurate information to be obtained from the standard works on each subject.

The Encyclopedia bears the imprimatur of the Most Reverend Archbishop under whose jurisdiction it is published.