Douay-Rheims Bible
Ecumenical Councils
Baltimore Catechism
Council of Trent
Papal Decrees - Trent to Vatican I
First Vatican Council
Papal Decrees - Vatican I to Vatican II
Summa Theologica



"In the beginning was the Word"

  No study is complete without Divine Revelation of the Word of God contained in the Sacred Scripture of the Old and New Testaments and passed down through Tradition with the Latin Vulgate and translated to the Douay-Rheims edition which is the most loyal to those traditions. Therefore, we provide the full Bible available on line. See HOLY BIBLE

Ecumenical Councils of the Church

  It is vital to know the Faith in order to keep the Faith and knowing it entails knowing what has been handed down after Saint John's last word in the Book of Apocalypse. It is called Tradition and these Traditions were formed and formulated as necessary for belief by the Fathers of the Church and Bishops in the gatherings of special synods called General or Ecumenical Councils. After the Council of Jerusalem, recorded in Acts 15 and Galatians 2, the first Council of the universal Church was called in 321 at Nicaea by the man who liberated Christianity after three centuries of persecutions - the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. There have been 21 Major Councils total from Nicaea to Vatican II. In order to alert all on what the Church truly teaches and what was handed down by the Infallible perennial Magisterium of the Church, we provide the documents and Canons of these Councils. Note, we are adding one Council per issue, so be patient in waiting for all to be on line. Below we link two of the most important Councils - the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council, both of which proclaimed infallible doctrines, unlike the most recent Vatican II Council which was strictly pastoral with no infallible decrees or doctrinal pronouncements. This has been argued, but in fact Vatican II was pastoral only and any new doctrine that might have been adopted could not be because of what was handed down prior to it. For the full documents of the Ecumenical Councils see ECUMENICAL COUNCILS

The Catechism of Absolutes
  Many were weaned on the Baltimore Catechism which were the truths put simply and concretely in black and white. Those reared on this Catechism know their Faith and, when all else fails, we strongly urge you to return to the roots of what the Roman Catholic Church teaches without ambiguity - without relativism - without pouring through 800 pages from cover to cover. Therefore we present the Baltimore Catechism

Council of Trent

  To understand what the Roman Catholic Faith is all about, the truths and absolutes of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, one needs to go back to the unchangeable doctrine that was defined and set in stone.. We start with the counter-reformation 19th Ecumenical Council in the Tridentine mountains of northern Italy in the longest council in Church history: the Council of Trent called by Pope Paul III in 1545 and the 25th session closed in 1563 by Pope Pius IV. For all the documents see Council of Trent

Proclamations of the Popes

From Trent to Vatican I

  Beginning after the Council of Trent up to the brink of Vatican II, wise and holy Pontiffs reinforced and defined doctrines and morals, set in stone the manner in which all - religious and laity should pray and practice their Faith and provided guidelines to be on guard against those who would seek to destroy or weaken Holy Mother Church. For Papal Proclamations from Pope Saint Pius V to Pope Pius IX, see Trent to Vatican I

First Vatican Council

  306 years after the Council of Trent Blessed Pope Pius IX called the First Vatican Council in order to declare the doctrine of infallibility of the Vicar of Christ when speaking ex cathedra on faith and morals. This dogma was proclaimed on July 18, 1870. That same year, after 14 full sessions, Pius suspended the 20th Ecumenical Council because the Italian army had entered Rome, which would end the Papal States and Pius himself would never leave the Vatican again. For all these documents see Vatican I

Proclamations of the Popes

From Vatican I up to Vatican II

  Pope Pius IX called the First Vatican Council, but it was suspended when Italy took over Rome. It was never completed. Pope Leo XIII succeeded Pio Nono. He was followed by the holiest of Roman Pontiffs Pope Saint Pius X whose decrees manifested his sanctity and care for his flock. Pope Benedict XV followed, then Pope Pius IX and Pope Pius XII as the entire horizon darkened through the decades. Yet these Popes did not shy from warning the world of the impending dangers already crossing the threshold. For Papal Proclamations from Blessed Pius IX up through Pope Pius XII, see Vatican I up to Vatican II

St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica
   For those truly interested in theology, who are confused by the modern theologians who have led so many astray, we strongly recommend thee work by the Angelic Doctor of the Church Saint Thomas Aquinas and his masterful Summa Theologica available at New Advent's site. See "Summa Theologica"

For documents from the Second Vatican Council and the Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Popes and Proclamations and the 'New' Catechism of the Catholic Church, see VATICAN II AND BEYOND