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The Canons and Decrees of the Council Of Trent Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
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The Council of Trent, which spanned the pontificates of five popes, shone as a beacon to all the world, condemning errors of the Protestant Reformation and making pronouncements on a vast number of Church doctrines and disciplines.
This reprint of Fr. Schroeder's translation of The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent elucidates for contemporary Catholics the momentous accomplishments of this council. Simultaneously, it demonstrates the authority and clarity with which the Church makes her official pronouncements. It covers such topics as:
* The Eucharist
* Extreme Unction
* Holy Orders
* Original Sin
* Veneration of Saints & Relics
* The nature of the Mass
* The Nicene Creed
* The Authenticity of the Latin Vulgate
and many more!
The Council also called for a revised Breviary, a formal catechism (the Catechism of the Council of Trent) and the standardization of the Roman Missal. It is universally regarded as the greatest of the twenty-one Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Church.
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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.
The bod theory was advanced and tentatively championed by Saints Thomas Aquinas and Alphonsus Liguori. They thought it might apply to unbaptized catechumens - although the Catholic Church has never authoritatively taught such a concept. For clarification, see Ludwig Ott's Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. Professor Ott observes nulla salus extra ecclesiam is "de fide", whereas the bod theory is one rung down, "sententia fidei proxima" - ie, taught by theologians but never taught by the Catholic Church in her Magisterium. If the two clash, which trumps? Seems clear. How do you logically resolve them?
Bod has since mutated into the idea of there being salvation outside the Catholic Church - an idea apparently contrary to the ex cathedra Catholic teaching of seven popes and nineteen centuries. See, for example, the book Outside the Catholic Church There Is Absolutely No Salvation. "Baptism of desire" further is challenged by Trent's session 7 canon 2: "If anyone says that true and natural water is not necessary for baptism and thus twists into some metaphor the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, 'Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit', let him be anathema."
Speaking again of Denzinger, this volume contains material missing in Denzinger's coverage of Trent. For example, in session 5 of the council, Denzinger includes only the Decree on Original Sin. This volume has that information with additionally two chapters on Lectureships in Holy Scripture and on Alms. Other ancillary material is included such as Pope Paul III's bull of invocation. The print is legible and the book is well edited (no odd typos, etc) - nihil obstat and imprimatur 1941. Again, caveat emptor. See also The Catechism of the Council of Trent and The 1917 or Pio-Benedictine Code of Canon Law: in English Translation with Extensive Scholarly Apparatus.
If possible, try to learn Latin so you can read it in its original format. Latin is a truly beautiful language.