Citing Catholic Documents

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Citing Vatican II Documents (Selected from University of St. Thomas, http://libguides.stthomas.edu/c.php?g=88581&p=570749)

Using Turabian, 6th ed.

Note

Apostolic Constitutions:

Dei Verbum: "Dei Divina Revelatione: the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of Vatican Council, Promulgated by Pope Paul VI, November 18, 1965."

Bibliographic citation: Vatican Council, and Geroge H. Tavard. De Divina Revelatione: The Dogmatic constitution on Divine Revelation of Vatican Council, Promulgated by Pope Paul VI, november 18, 1965. Glen Rock, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1966.

Gaudiem et Spes: "Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, 1965.

*Apostolic Constitution = comprised of eight treatises on Early Church tenants, practices and doctrine. The purpose of the treatises were to guide the clergy and laity. The authors of the work as purportedly the Twelve Apostles.

 

*unless otherwise stated, assume documents are in print format.

*make sure relevant text is  in italics.

*punctuation is key when crafting citations.

Apostolic Letters:

"An Apostolic Letter Issued "Motu Proprio", Determining Norms for Mixed Marriages."

Bibliographic citation: Paul VI. An Apostolic Letter Issued "Motu Proprio", Determining Norms for Mixed Marriages. Washington, D.C.: National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1970.


Apostolic Exhortations:

"On the family : apostolic exhortation, Familiaris consortio, of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the episcopate, to the clergy and to the faithful of the whole Catholic Church regarding the role of the Christian family in the modern world."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic church, and John Paul II. On the Family: Apostolic Exhortation, Familiaris Consortio, of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Episopate, to the Clergy and to the Faithful of the Whole Catholic Church Regarding the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World. Washington, D.C. (1312 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington 20005): Office of Pub. Services, United States Catholic Conference, 1982.

*Apostolic Letter = an ecclesiastical document that is either published by the Pope, or is published under the name of the Pope.

*Apostolic Exhortation = a form of communication from the Pope The purpose of the communication is to inspire the Catholic community to participate in a particular activity but it is not meant to define or focus on Church doctrine.

Papal Encyclical Letters:

Print:

Vatican Council II. "Gaudium et Spes [Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World]." In The Vatican Collection: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents, vol. 1, edited by Austin Flannery, 903-1001. Northport, NY: Costello, 1996.

"Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae / Addressed by the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II to the Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, Men and Women Religious, Lay Faithful, and All People of Good Will on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church and John Paul II. Encyclical Letter Evangelium Vitae. Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1995.

"Encyclical Letter Ut Unum Sint of the Holy Father, John Paul II on Commitment to Ecumenism."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church and John Paul II. Encyclical Letter Ut Unum Sint of the Holy Father, John Paul II on Commitment to Ecumenism. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church and Benedict XVI. God Is Love: Deus Caritas Est, Enclyclical Letter. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2006.

Bibliographic citation: Vatican Council, Edward H. Peters, and Gregory Baum. De Ecclesia; the Constitution on the Church of Vatican Council II Proclaimed by Pope Paul VI, November 21, 1964. Glen Rock, J.J.: Paulist Press, 1965.

Online:

John Paul II. Evangelium Vitae [Encyclical Letter on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life]. Accessed March 27, 2009. http://www.vatican.va/edocs/ENG0141/_INDEX.HTM.

*Papal Encyclicals = are a type of papal document, a letter on Catholic doctrine sent from the Pope archbishops, bishops, primates and patriarchs in the Holy See.
*There are differing correct ways to cite the source of these documents. For example, some sources use First
Vatican Council and others Vatican Council I; Pope Benedict XVI or
Benedict XVI.
What is most important is that you are consistent in your citations with naming conventions.

Anniversary Documents Commenting on and Celebrating Previous Encyclical works:

"Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis of the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, to the Bishops, Priests, Religious Families, Sons and Daughters of the Church and All People of Good Will for the Twentieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church and John Paul II. Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis of the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, to the Bishops, Priests, Religious Families, Sons and Daughters of the Church and All People of Good Will for the Twentieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio. Washington, D.C.: Office of Publishing and Promotion Services, United States Catholic Conference, 1988.

"On the hundredth anniversary of Rerum novarum =: Centesimus annus : encyclical letter, May 1, 1991"

"Catholic Church. On the Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum =: Centesimus Annus : Encyclical Letter, May 1, 1991. Washington, D.C.: Office for Pub. and Promotion Services, United States Catholic Conference, 1991.

Papal Instructions:

"Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation: replies to certain questions of the day"

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church. Instruction on Respect for Human Life in Its Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day. Washington, D.C.: Office of Pub. and Promotion Services, United States Catholic Conference, 1987.

"Instruction on certain aspects of the "theology of liberation."

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church. Instruction on Certain Aspects of the "Theology of Liberation". Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1984.

Catechism / First Models:

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Revised in Accordance with the Official Latin Text Promulgated by Pope John Paul II. 2nd ed. [Vatican City]: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997.

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic church: Revised in Accordance with the Official Latin Text Promulgated by Pope John Paul II. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997.

Citing a paragraph: Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., 336.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation. Washington: United States Catholic Conference, 1989.

Bibliographic citation: Catholic Church. Vatican City: United States Catholic Conference, Office for Pub. and Promotion Services, 1989. Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation.

"The invalid marriage"

Bibliographic citation: Wrenn, Lawrence G. Washington, D.C.: Canon Law Society of America, 1998. The Invalid Marriage.

"Mary in ecumenical perspective"

Bibliographic citation: Washington, D.C.: USCCB Publishing, 2008. Mary in Ecumenical Perspective.

"Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum editio"

Bibliographic citation: [Vatican City]: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1986. Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum editio.

Canon Law:

*Please see the following links for more information on citing Canon Law documents:

Canon Law Research Guide (Hauser Global Law School Program): http://www.nyulawglobal.org/Globalex/Canon_Law1.htm

Citing Catholic Documents (Clarke Library, University of Portland): http://www.up.edu/showimage/show.aspx?file=16106

School of Canon Law Style Sheet (Ku Leuven Faculty of Law, Belgium): https://www.law.kuleuven.be/canon_law/education/scientific_integrity/cua-style-guide-canon-law.pdf

*lower case is used for citing works in the canon of church law.

*The paragraph symbol is used: to get this in MS Word:

1. Go to the Insert tab

2. At the far right is the symbols tab shown under the symbol image "omega"

3. Select the paragraph sign:

either     OR   §






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