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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable reference for students of Church history and doctrinal development, June 9, 2011
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This review is from: The Canons and Decrees of the Council Of Trent (Paperback)
This is the first complete translation of the documents of the Council of Trent (1545-1563) including the bulls of convocation, the opening and closing addresses to the Council Fathers, the documents of deliberation and the canons of the council. Dominican Father J. J. Schroeder began this work in the 1930s after completing a volume of translation of the decrees of all the ecumenical councils, but reserved the documents of the Council of Trent to one volume because of the sheer volume of the deliberations and definitions. This he published in 1941 with the complete Latin text as well as the English translation. The 1978 edition by TAN publisher only reports the English translation of 1941.

As far as this TAN edition is concerned, the publication data is 1978, but the edition that I have is obviously a reprint. I say obvious, for the book contains some elements that are post-2000 such as the 13-ISBN number and the bar-code. Unfortunately, TAN does not provide us with reprint information; it is Amazon that lets us know that the book was reprinted in 2009.

The text is fully annotated with Shroeder's critical apparatus. Footnotes are made in keeping with earlier editions of Denzinger, for example, rather than with the updated versions now available. What is especially helpful in the book is a thorough index of terms and persons given at the end of the volume in 15 pages.

Just a word on that translation. Some terminology changed between 1941 and 1978. For instance, it was common among English-speaking Catholics to speak of the "Holy Ghost" in the 1940s, but by the 1970s most used the term "Holy Spirit", which is actually closer to Latin usage. There would be other examples as well, but they should not lead to any confusion. The reader will make allowances, no doubt.

"The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent," translated and introduced by H. J. Schroeder, is an important reference tool for those who teach or study Catholic history and the development of doctrine.
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