UPDATE: Essential Catholic reading list…

Back in winter, I posted the following titles, care of USC (sidebar), as must-reads for a serious Catholic of an intellectual bent. (I add that last qualification because I am undoubtedly shamed by many serious Catholics who are not of such a bent. But this blog is for nerds, right?)

Titles with an XX by them indicate those I had already read; titles with an X by them I read since posting this list the first time. X? means that I’ve read the text either in large part, or too long ago to really recall if I’ve read it.

In response to my request for other suggestions, some of my small handful of readers added the following (which I’ve put in roughly chronological order):

  • The Apostles’ Creed XX
  • The Nicene-Constantinople Creed
  • The Pseudo-Athanasian Creed (i.e. Quicumque Vult)
  • The Creed of Pius IV X
  • Sapientiae Christianae by Leo XIII (1890) X
  • Rerum Novarum by Leo XIII (1891) X
  • Immortale Dei by Leo XIII (1885)
  • Orientalium dignitas by Leo XIII (1894)
  • Satis cognitum by Leo XIII (1896)
  • Tra le sollecitudini by Pius X (1903) X
  • Une fois encore by Pius X (1907)
  • Lamentabili sane by Pius X (1907) X?
  • Quas primas by Pius XI (1925)
  • Quadrigessimo Anno by Pius XI (1931) X?
  • Divini Redemptoris by Pius XI (1937) X?
  • Mediator Dei by Pius XII (1947) XX
  • Musicae sacrae by Pius XII (1955)
  • Mystici corporis by Pius XII (1943) XX
  • Divino afflante spiritu by Pius XII (1943) XX
  • Veterum sapientia by John XXIII (1962) XX
  • Address in Opening Vatican II by John XXIII (1962) X
  • Mysterium Fidei by Paul VI (1965) XX
  • Fides et Ratio by John Paul II (1998) XX
  • Evangelium Vitae by John Paul II (1995) XX
  • Dominus Iesus – CDF (2000) XX
  • Humanae Vitae by Paul VI (1968) XX
  • Orientale lumen by John Paul II (1995) XX
  • Ecclesia de eucharistia by John Paul II (2003) X?
  • Ordinatio sacerdotalis by John Paul II (1994) XX
  • Redemptionis sacramentum – CDF (2004)
  • Dominicae cenae by John Paul II (2001)

How about you? Any more suggestions?

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4 Responses to UPDATE: Essential Catholic reading list…

  1. AmoPapam says:

    Nice list. I’ve always found the list at Thomas Aquinas U. to be insightful as to a well rounded classical intellect. http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/a-liberating-education/syllabus

  2. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25051995_ut-unum-sint_en.html

    This Encyclical encomium to V2 ecumenism is definitely a must read.

    And it contains the famously memorable claim that the church must breathe with two lungs but ABS thinks it has always breathed with two lungs but if embodied within the phrase is the idea that we ought to absorb corporately the schismatic heretics existing in the seedbed of iconoclasm and heresy then that is tantamount to suggesting that it’d be an excellent idea to surgically transplant a cancerous lung into the Body of Christ.

    O, and if ABS had a dollar for every time he read dialogue in the encyclical, he could afford to purchase a bottle of Caymus cabernet.

  3. http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Ben14/b14vixpe.htm

    These condemnations are still in effect although one hears these truths as often as one learns parents are naming their sons, Yogi, and their daughters, Zsa Zsa.

  4. http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Ben15/b15spiri.htm

    Because his enemies and his putative friends so frequently attack the great Saint Jerome.

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