Biographical Cyclopedia of the Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1784-1898: A Book for Reference in the Matter of Dates, Places and Persons, in by Francis X. ReussBiographical Cyclopedia of the Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1784-1898: A Book for Reference in the Matter of Dates, Places and Persons, in by Francis X. Reuss

Biographical Cyclopedia of the Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1784-1898: A Book for…

byFrancis X. Reuss

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Excerpt from Biographical Cyclopedia of the Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1784-1898: A Book for Reference in the Matter of Dates, Places and Persons, in the Records of Our Bishops, Abbots and Monsignori

The compilation seeking public favor in this volume is nothing more - nor less - than an American supplement to the Art Of Verifying Dates. It is not a history in the ordinary meaning of the word; it is a manual of funda mental data for the guidance Of future historians of the Church in the United States, as well as of corrections of errors into which all our historians have so far fallen.

This work, then, is rather a guide for students than a book for the general public, a modest addition to the literature of deep research, if not of erudition. In this respect it represents a most useful and valuable division of labor, and cannot but bring a great saving of time to the painstaking historian such as we still need to record fully and faithfully the origin and growth of the Church in this country. The Shortcomings of the works that we have on this subject are in some instances due to the fact that the entire field of original research is too much for any one person to cultivate; for very Often a single volume of this character that is by no means large may represent the work of the best part of a lifetime.

On the other hand, too many Of our so-called Church histories are merely books made to sell. They are full of errors of omission as well as of commission, repeat all the old-time misstatements, and are of no value as reliable works Of reference. Many of their assertions are the bear says and recollections of persons who perhaps ought to have known, but did not know. There is very little trace of direct research, and none at all of verification, unless the records were very close to hand. Proofs of this carelessness abound in the present volume.

But to a great extent these errors are to be excused; for, on the part of writers of the general history of the Church.

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Title:Biographical Cyclopedia of the Catholic Hierarchy of the United States, 1784-1898: A Book for…Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.29 inPublished:October 12, 2018Publisher:FB&C LtdLanguage:English

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