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Bemoaning a Lack

One of the things that has so annoyed me in working on engaging the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II has been the fact that there is no complete collection of his encyclicals in print.  There once was such a volume, but it has since gone out of print and can’t be found online for under $200 (U.S.).  I’ll certainly be doing what I can to get a Wipf & Stock reprint going for this book, but I don’t know what complications there might be in trying to get a collection of a former pontiff’s back in print.  Regardless, it is a tragedy that these important theological writings are not readily available in one volume.  Being able to print stuff of the Vatican website is no subsititute for a bound and printed volume!


  1. Freder1ck wrote:

    Likely the best move would be to contact the Vatican Publishing Office directly as they have the official English translations.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink
  2. Pontificator wrote:

    The Encyclicals in Everyday Language is still available. Though not a text one would want to use for scholarly study, I do find this “good news” version of John Paul to be accessible. I suspect I’m not alone in finding John Paul difficult to read.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:05 pm | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    Yeah, the fact that that version is written in verse is a big part of what made me not want to use it. Hopefully the other collection will be back in print at some point.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm | Permalink
  4. Ben Myers wrote:

    “I’ll certainly be doing what I can to get a Wipf & Stock reprint going for this book” — good!

    Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 2:33 am | Permalink
  5. Drew wrote:

    Personally, I didn’t find “The Encyclicals in Everyday Language” to be particularly impressive, nor was it desirable, as the contents were abridged and paraphrased translations of the original encyclicals. I, too, bemoan the lack of a single collection of the Encyclicals of Pope John Paul II, perhaps the greatest theological mind of the past fifty years and one of the finest men to ever occupy the papal throne. However, buying the Encyclicals individually isn’t so bad…it at least makes them easy to transport for those long road trips. :)

    Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

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