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Biblical Criticism (Higher)

Overview

Biblical criticism in its fullest comprehension is the examination of the literary origins and historical values of the books composing the Bible , with the state in which these exist at the present day.

Since the sacred Scriptures have come down in a great variety of copies and ancient versions, showing more or less divergence of text, it is the province of that department of Biblical criticism which is called textual , or lower, to study these documents with a view to arriving at the purest possible text of the sacred books. The name higher criticism was first employed by the German Biblical scholar Eichhorn, in the second edition of his "Einleitung", appearing in 1787. It is not, as supposed by some, an arrogant denomination, assuming superior wisdom, but it has come into use because this sort of criticism deals with the larger aspects of Bible study; viz., with the authorship, date, composition, and authority of whole books or large sections, as distinguished from the discussion of textual minutiæ, which is the sphere of the lower, or textual, criticism. (See separate article TEXTUAL CRITICISM ).

Taken in this limited sense, Biblical criticism, in the light of modern philological, historical, and archæological science, and by methods which are recent in their development, subjects to severe tests the previously accepted and traditional views on the human authorship, the time and manner of composition, of the sacred writings, and discriminates as to their objective historical value. In reaching its results it sets more store on evidences internal to the books than on external traditions or attestations, and its undeniable effect is to depreciate tradition in a great measure, so that there exists a sharply-drawn line between the exegetes of the critical and those of the traditional school. In the process by which the critics arrive at their conclusions there is a divergence of attitude towards the supernatural element in Holy Writ . Those of the rationalistic wing ignore, and at least tacitly deny, inspiration in the theological meaning of the term, and without any doctrinal preoccupations, except some hostile to the supernatural, proceed to apply critical tests to the Scriptures, in the same manner as if they were merely human productions. Moderate critics of Protestant persuasion -- a school that predominates in Great Britain -- hold to inspiration and revelation, though with a freedom incompatible with Catholic orthodoxy. Catholic Biblical critics, while taking as postulates the plenary inspiration and the inerrancy of the sacred Writings, admit in a large measure the literary and historical conclusions reached by non-Catholic workers in this field, and maintain that these are not excluded by Catholic faith. With the exception of Abbé Loisy and his followers, no Catholic scholar has claimed autonomy or complete independence for criticism, all proceeding on the principle that it cannot validly, and may not lawfully, contradict the established dogmatic teaching of the Church. Its Christian exponents insist that a reverent criticism is quite within its rights in sifting the elements which enter into human aspects of the Bible , as a means of a better understanding of the written word, since its component parts were given their form by men in certain historical environments and under some of the limitations of their age and place, and since, moreover, inspiration does not dispense with ordinary human industry and methods in literary composition. (See INSPIRATION.)

Higher Criticism may be called a science, though its processes and results do not admit of nicety of control and demonstration, as its principles are of the moral-psychological order. Hence its conclusions, even in the most favourable circumstances, attain to no greater force than what arises from a convergence of probabilities, begetting a moral conviction. While some attempts have been made to elaborate a system of canons for the higher criticism, it has not, and probably never will have, a strictly defined and generally accepted code of principles and rules. Some broad principles, however, are universally admitted by critical scholars. A fundamental one is that a literary work always betrays the imprint of the age and environment in which it was produced; another is that a plurality of authors is proved by well-marked differences of diction and style, at least when these coincide with distinctions in view-point or discrepancies in a double treatment of the same subject. A third received canon holds to a radical dissimilarity between ancient Semitic and modern Occidental, or Aryan, methods of composition.

HISTORY

Before the eighteenth century

The early ecclesiastical writers were unconscious of nearly all the problems to which criticism has given rise. Their attention was concentrated on the Divine content and authority of sacred Scripture, and, looking almost exclusively at the Divine side, they deemed as of trifling account questions of authorship, date, composition, accepting unreservedly for these points such traditions as the Jewish Church had handed down, all the more readily that Christ Himself seemed to have given various of these traditions His supreme confirmation. As for the New Testament, tradition was the determining factor here too. As exceptions we may note that Origen concluded partly from internal evidence that St. Paul could scarcely have written the Epistle to the Hebrews, and his disciple Dionysius adduced linguistic grounds for rejecting the Apocalypse as a work of St. John. The Fathers saw in every sentence of the Scripture a pregnant oracle of God. Apparent contradictions and other difficulties were solved without taking possible human imperfection into view. Only in a few isolated passages does St. Jerome seem to hint at such in connexion with history. Except in regard to the preservation of the sacred text there was nothing to elicit a critical view of the Bible in the age of the Fathers, and this applies also to the Scholastic period. Even the Humanist movement preceding the Reformation gave no impulse to the critical spirit beyond fostering the study of the Scriptures in their original languages. It was not a Humanist, but the erratic Reformer Carlstadt, who first broke with tradition on the authorship of an inspired book by declaring that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch, because the account of his death is in the same style as the rest of his book. But though Carlstadt adduced a critical argument he cannot be styled a critic. Hobbes (1651), Pereyre (1655), Spinoza (1670) attacked the Mosaic authorship, but merely incidentally, in works in which anything like a systematic criticism found no place. A French priest, Richard Simon (1638-1712), was the first who subjected the general questions concerning the Bible to a treatment which was at once comprehensive in scope and scientific in method. Simon is the forerunner of modern Biblical criticism. The broadening opportunities for the study of Oriental languages, a keen and methodical mind, probably, too, a reaction against the rigid view of the Bible which reigned amongst both Catholics and Protestants of the age were the factors which produced Simon's first great work, the "Histoire critique du Vieux Testament's, which was published in 1678. In this he called attention to the double narratives and variation of style in the Pentateuch, and thence deduced that, aside from the legal portion, which Moses himself had written down, much of the remaining matter was the work of several inspired annalists, a class to whom are due the later historical books, and who in subsequent generations added touches to the inspired histories by their predecessors. This theory did not survive its author, but the use of internal evidence by which Simon arrived at it entitles him to be called the father of Biblical criticism. His novel view of the Mosaic books excited only condemnation, and his critical work, being an isolated effort which did not win the support of a school, found appreciation only in recent times. A continuously developing higher criticism was not to begin till the middle of the eighteenth century. But a capital distinction is to be made between criticism as applied to the Old and as applied to the New Testament . The two have followed different courses. O. T. criticism has been developed along the lines of linguistic and historic research. Philosophico-religious prejudices have been kept in the background. But in respect to the New Testament, criticism began as the outgrowth of philosophic speculations of a distinctly anti-Christian character and, as exercised by rationalists and liberal Protestants, has not yet freed itself from the sway of such a priori principles, though it has tended to grow more positive -- that is, more genuinely critical -- in its methods.

Since the eighteenth century (1) Old-Testament Criticism outside the Church

In 1753 Jean Astruc, a French Catholic physician of considerable note, published a little book, "Conjectures sur les mémoires originaux dont il paraît que Moïse s'est servi pour composer le livre de la Genèse", in which he conjectured, from the alternating use of two names of God in the Hebrew Genesis, that Moses had incorporated therein two pre-existing documents, one of which employed Elohim and the other Jehovah . The idea attracted little attention till it was taken up by a German scholar, who, however, claims to have made the discovery independently. This was Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, the author of an Introduction to the O. T., issued 1780-83, and distinguished by vigour and scientific acumen. Eichhorn was indebted not a little to his friend Herder, the noted German littérateur, and the two conjointly originated the critical habit of looking upon the O. T. as a collection of Oriental literature whose several parts are to be read and interpreted as the productions of the Semitic genius. Eichhorn greatly developed Astruc's hypothesis by observing that the Elohim and Jehovah sections of Genesis bear other characteristics, and by extending the analysis thus derived to the whole Pentateuch. But the German savant was not so orthodox an adherent of the Mosaic authorship as was Astruc, since he left to the Hebrew legislator a very uncertain part of the work. When Eichhorn composed his "Introduction" he was somewhat influenced by free-thinking views which later became very pronounced. His criticism, therefore, had as its antecedents not only Astruc's fruitful conjecture and Herder's poetic insight into Oriental literature, but also eighteenth-century German rationalism. This was in part native to the soil, but it drew much nurture from the ideas of the English Deists and Sceptics, who flourished towards the end of the seventeenth century and in the first part of the eighteenth. Such authors as Blount (1654-93) and Collins (1676-1729) had impugned miracles and prophecy and in general the authority of the O.T. writings. The standpoint of the German Orientalist Reimarus was that of the English Deists ; the whole drift of his "Wolfenbüttel Fragments", first appearing 1774-78, is one of antagonism to the supernatural. Lessing (1729-81), his literary executor, without departing so offensively from the path of orthodoxy, defended the fullest freedom of discussion in theological matters. Contemporary with Lessing was J. S. Semler, who rejected inspiration, attributed a mythical character to episodes in O.T. historical books, and, on lines parallel to Lessing's philosophy of religion, distinguished in Scripture elements of permanent and others of transitory and negligible value.

Eichhorn is the first typical representative of modern Biblical criticism, the especial home of which has been Germany. He gave the first impulse to the literary analysis of the Scriptures, applying it not only to the Pentateuch, but also to Isaias and other portions of the O. T. Outside of Germany the views of Eichhorn and his school found little currency. Yet it was a Catholic priest of Scottish origin, Alexander Geddes (1737-1802), who broached a theory of the origin of the Five Books (to which he attached Josue ) exceeding in boldness either Simon's or Eichhorn 's. This was the well-known "Fragment" hypothesis, which reduced the Pentateuch to a collection of fragmentary sections partly of Mosaic origin, but put together in the reign of Solomon. Geddes' opinion was introduced into Germany in 1805 by Vater. For the fuller account of this and later stages of the criticism of the Pentateuch the reader is referred to the article under that heading. With some essays of a young scholar, De Wette, which were published 1805-07, properly began the historical criticism of the Bible . De Wette joined to the evidences supplied by vocabulary and style (i.e. those of literary criticism) arguments drawn from history, as contained in the sacred narratives themselves, and the discoveries of antiquarian research. He refused to find anything but legend and poetry in the Pentateuch, though he granted it a unity of plan, and a development in accordance with his conception of Israel's history, thus laying the foundation for the leading hypothesis of the present day. De Wette's ideas also furnished the basis for the Supplement-theory, systematized later by Bleek and others. He was the first to attack the historical character of the books of Paralipomenon, or Chronicles. Bleek (1793-1859), Ewald (1803-75), and the Catholic Movers (1806-56), while following critical methods, opposed the purely negative criticism of De Wette and his school, and sought to save the authenticity of some Mosaic books and Davidic psalms by sacrificing that of others. Bleek revived, and brought into prominence, the conclusion of Geddes, that the book of Josue is in close literary connexion with the first five books of the Bible , and thenceforth the idea of a Hexateuch, or sixfold work, has been maintained by advanced exegetes. Hupfeld, in 1853, found four instead of three documents in the Pentateuch, viz., the first Elohist, comprising the priestly law, a second Elohist (hitherto unsuspected except by a forgotten investigator, Ilgen), the Jehovist, and the Deuteronomist. He allowed to none of these a Mosaic origin. With Hupfeld's view the idea of one large source, or Grundschrift, supplemented by smaller ones, began to give place to the "Document" hypothesis. Meanwhile these conclusions, so subversive of ancient traditions regarding the Five Books, were stoutly contested by a number of German scholars, prominent among whom stood Ranke, Hävernick, Hengstenberg, and Keil, among Protestants ; and Jahn, Hug, Herbst, and Welte, representing Catholic learning. These, while refusing to allow the testimony of Jewish tradition to be ruled out of court as invalid against internal evidence, were compelled to employ the methods of their adversaries in defending the time-honoured views. The questions were agitated only in countries where Protestantism predominated, and, among these, in England the conservative views were strongly entrenched.

The critical dissection of books was and is accomplished on the ground of diversity of vocabulary and style, the phenomena of double narratives of the same event varying from each other, it is claimed, to the extent of discrepancy, and differences of religious conceptions. The critics appeal for confirmation of this literary analysis to the historical books. For example, Moses could not have enacted an elaborate ritual legislation for a people leading a nomad life in the desert, especially since we find (say the critics) no trace of its observance in the earliest periods of Israel's settled existence. These and like tests are applied to nearly every book of the O. T., and result in conclusions which, if allowed, profoundly modify the traditional beliefs regarding the authorship and integrity of these Scriptures, and are incompatible with any strict notion of their inerrancy.

The Hegelian principle of evolution has undoubtedly influenced German criticism, and indirectly Biblical criticism in general. Applied to religion, it has powerfully helped to beget a tendency to regard the religion of Israel as evolved by processes not transcending nature, from a polytheistic worship of the elements to a spiritual and ethical monotheism. This theory was first elaborated by Abram Kuenen, a Dutch theologian, in his "Religion of Israel" (1869-70). Without being essential to, it harmonizes with the current system of Pentateuchal criticism, sometimes called "the Development Hypothesis", but better known as "the Grafian". This hypothesis is accepted today by the great body of non-Catholic Biblical scholarship. It makes the Pentateuch a growth formed by the piecing and interlacing together of documents representing distinct epochs. Of these the oldest is the Jehovistic, or J, dating from the ninth century B.C.; E, the Elohistic work, was composed a little later. These elements are prophetic in spirit and narrative in matter. D, the Deuteronomic Code, was the organ and instrument of the prophetic reform under Josias ; it appeared 621 B.C.P, the great document containing the Priestly Code, was drawn up after the Babylonian Exile, and is the outcome of the sacerdotal and ritual formalism distinguishing the restored Jewish community; it therefore dates from the fifth century B.C. This ingenious and coherent hypothesis was formulated first by E. Reuss of the University of Strasburg, but presented to the public many years later (1866) by his disciple H. K. Graf. It was skilfully elaborated by Julius Wellhausen, professor (in 1908) at the University of Göttingen, in works published in 1883 and 1889 ("Prolegomena to the History of Israel" and "Composition of the Hexateuch and the Historical Books of the O. T."), and today it dominates the critical treatment of the Hexateuch. The shifting of the Priestly Code (formerly called the First Elohist) from the earliest to the latest in time, a characteristic of the Grafian system, has had a marked influence on the drift of O. T. criticism in general, notably with regard to the books of Paralipomenon. It has reversed the chronological order of the prophetical and priestly elements running through the greater part of the O. T.

Only within the last two decades has higher criticism made notable progress in English-speaking lands, and this has been rendered possible by the moderation of its leading spokesman there. Foremost among these semi-orthodox critics of the O. T. is Professor Driver of Oxford, whose "Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament" first appeared in 1891. W. Robertson Smith in "The Old Testament and the Jewish Church " had previously (1880), though less systematically, presented the Grafian hypothesis to the English-speaking world. The results of British conservative criticism are embodied in Hastings' "Dictionary of the Bible ", while the radical wing in England is represented by the "Encyclopædia Biblica" edited by Professors Cheyne and Black. In America most of the conclusions of German criticism have found advocates in Professors C.H. Briggs ("The Bible, the Church and Reason ", 1892; "Higher Criticism of the Hexateuch", 1893), H.P. Smith, and C.H. Toy.

The higher criticism claims to have discerned great inequalities in the value of those portions of the O. T. which are historical in form. In the same book we may find, it asserts, myth, legend, and material of real historical worth, the last of these elements being abundant in Judges and the Books of Kings, though even here a careful sifting must be used. In parts of the Hexateuch, especially in the priestly document and the cognate Paralipomenon writing, history is freely idealized, and existing institutions are projected artificially into the remote past. Esther, Tobias, Judith, Jonas, and portions of II Machabees belong to the class of Jewish Haggadah, or moralizing fictions. The Psalms have few if any compositions by David ; they are the religious poetry of Israel. Isaias is a composite, containing messages of prophets widely separated in time and circumstances. The prophets spoke and wrote primarily in view of definite contemporary situations. Job is an epic, and Canticles a pastoral drama. The book of Daniel is an apocalypse of the Machabean period, describing history of the past and present under the semblance of visions of the future. To conclude this outline of the critical results, the human element in Scripture is given prominence and represented as clothed with the imperfections, limitations, and errors of the times of its origin; many books are exhibited as the products of successive literary accretions, excluding any unity of authorship; in fact, for most of the histories, the unknown writers retire into the shadow to give place to the unifying labours of the equally unknown "redactor" or "redactors".

(2) The Reaction against Criticism

This has been aided by the antithesis between the conclusions of certain Assyriologists of note (viz., A. H. Sayce and F. Hommel) and the prevailing school of criticism. Recent discoveries in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia prove that a developed civilization existed in Western Asia in times contemporary with Abraham, and earlier. (See BABYLONIA; ASSYRIA.) The inference drawn by the above scientists (Sayce, "Higher Criticism and the Verdict of the Monuments", 1895; Hommel, "Ancient Hebrew Tradition ", tr., 1897) is that the elaborate ritual and legal code of the Israelites could well have been framed by Moses. They charge the critics with not taking Oriental discoveries sufficiently into account, and argue that, since the monuments confirm the substantial truth of some of the historical books, a presumption is raised in favour of the veracity of Hebrew literature in general. The historical character of the narratives is upheld by other considerations of a more minute and technical nature. In America the old views of the Bible were defended with zeal and learning by Dr. William H. Green, of Princeton, author of a series of Biblical works extending from 1863 to 1899; also by E.C. Bissel and W. L. Baxter. In Great Britain the conservatives have been represented in recent times by Alfred Cave, J.J. Lias, and others. In Germany, J. K. F. Keil, who died in 1888, was the last exegete of international name who stood without compromise for tradition. But a contemporary group of Protestant German theologians and Orientalists have championed the claims of the O. T. as a Divinely inspired literature, whose narratives, on the whole, are worthy of belief. Prominent among these are Dr. F. E. König of Bonn ("Neue Prinzipien der alttestamentlichen Kritik", 1902, "Bibel-Babel Frage und die wissenschaftliche Methode", 1904); Julius Böhm, a pastor ; Dr. Samuel Oettli, professor at Greifswald. The resistance to the so-called scientific criticism in Germany has been greatly stimulated by the radical positions recently taken by some Assyriologists, beginning with a lecture delivered in 1902 before the German court by Friedrich Delitzsch. The still-continuing discussion it provoked is known as the Bibel-Babel controversy. Delitzsch, Jensen, and their followers contend that the Bible stories of the Creation, the Fall, the Deluge, etc. were borrowed by the Hebrews from Babylonia, where they existed in their pure and original form. This school relegates all the events and personages of Genesis to the region of myths and attributes a Chaldean origin to the Jewish conception of Paradise and Sheol, angels and devils. Of still more recent beginning and extravagant character is the theory of astral myths defended by Stucken, Winckler, and Jeremias, according to which the narrations not only of the Pentateuch, but of large portions of the later books as well, represent in human guise merely the nature and movements of the heavenly bodies.

In replying to the critical systems, conservatives, both Catholic and Protestant, re-enforce the argument from Jewish and Christian traditions by methods borrowed from their opponents; linguistic distinctions are countered by linguistic arguments, and the traditionists also employ the process of comparing the data of one book with another, in an endeavour to bring all into harmony. Not the methods so much as the conclusions of criticism are impugned. The difference is largely one of interpretation. However, the conservatives complain that the critics arbitrarily rule out as interpolations or late comments passages which are unfavourable to their hypotheses. The advocates of tradition also charge the opposite school with being swayed by purely subjective fancies, and in the case of the more advanced criticism, by philosophico-religious prejudices. Moreover, they assert that such a piecemeal formation of a book by successive strata, as is alleged for many parts of the O. T. is without analogy in the history of literature. The Catholic criticism of the O. T. will be described in a separate section of this article.

(3) New-Testament Criticism Outside the Church

Before the eighteenth century N. T. criticism did not go beyond that of the Latin and Greek texts, if we except the ancient remarks on the authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews and the Apocalypse already noticed. When the German Rationalism of the eighteenth century, in imitation of the English Deism of the seventeenth, had discarded the supernatural, the New Testament became the first object of a systematic attack. Reimarus (1094-1768) assailed the motives of its writers and cast aspersions on the honesty of Jesus Himself. J.S. Semler (1725-91) used the greatest latitude in discussing the origin and credibility of the sacred Scriptures, arguing that these subjects should be dealt with without regard to any Divine content. Semler was the first to question the authenticity of N. T. books from a critical standpoint. His exegetical principles, if admitted, would largely destroy the authority of the Gospels. Paulus (1761-1851), professor at Jena and Heidelberg, granted the genuineness of the Gospels, and their authors' honesty of purpose, but taught that in narrating the miraculous and supernatural the Apostles and Evangelists recorded their delusions, and that all the alleged superhuman occurrences are to be explained by merely natural causes. Eichhorn, the pioneer of modern German criticism, carried his inquiries into the field of the New Testament and, beginning with 1794, proposed a theory to explain the similarities and differences of the Synoptic Gospels, i.e. Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Some phases of what is now known as "the Synoptic Problem" were examined by Griesbach as early as 1776, and again, in 1781, by a posthumous essay of Lessing treating of the Evangelists "considered simply as human historians". The problem was first clearly formulated by Lachmann in 1835. The dangerous tendencies of the rationalistic writers were ably combated by J. L. Hug, a Catholic exegete, whose "Introduction to the New Testament " was completed in 1808. Schleiermacher (1768-1834) was the earliest of those German theologians who acknowledge the religious force of the sacred writings, but imperil their authority by a free and independent treatment of their origin and historical contents; his view of the New Testament was influenced by Semler's criticisms. Somewhat akin to Schleiermacher's attitude is that of De Wette, but his conclusions are often negative and doubtful. The Evangelistic school of Protestant German commentators, represented earliest by Guericke, Olshausen, Neander, and Bleek, were in the main adherents to the genuineness and truthfulness of the Gospels, though influenced by the mediating or mystico-rationalistic tendencies of Schleiermacher. As N. T. scholars they belong between 1823 and 1859.

The "Life of Jesus" by David Friedrich Strauss, which appeared in 1835, marked a new departure of view with regard to the New Testament, and made a great sensation. Strauss was an Hegelian and one for whom the " ideas ' obscured the objective facts, while it rested upon them. He held that the orthodox conception of Christ was the creature of the ardent Messianic hopes of the Jewish - Christians of the primitive Church, who imagined that Jesus fulfilled the O. T. prophecies, and who, soon after His death, invested His personality and the whole tenor of His life with mythical qualities, in which there was nothing but a bare kernel of objective truth, viz., the existence of a rabbi named Jesus, who was a man of extraordinary spiritual power and penetration, and who had gathered about him a band of disciples. Echoes of these ideas are to be found in Renan's "Vie de Jésus". Strauss's relatively refined philosophy of religion was more in the spirit of the age than the moribund, crude naturalism of Paulus, though it only substituted one form of rationalism for another. The "Life of Jesus" soon called forth refutations, but in the advanced circles of German thought the finishing stroke was not given to it until Ferdinand Christian Baur, the founder of the Tübingen, or "Tendency", school of exegesis and criticism, published the mature fruit of his speculation under the title "Paulus der Apostel Jesu Christi", in 1845. Baur, like Strauss, was a disciple of Hegel, but had taken from that philosopher a different key to the significance of the New Testament, viz., the principle of the evolution of all truth through the conciliation of contradictions. He taught that the New Testament is the outcome of an antagonism between Jewish, or Petrine, and Pauline tendencies in the primitive Church. The Pauline concept of Christianity -- one of a philosophic and universal order -- is represented by the Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians, which alone Baur admitted as the certainly authentic works of St. Paul. The Apocalypse was composed in direct opposition to the spirit of the Pauline writings. The above works were written before A. D. 70. Between 70 and 140 appeared St. Matthew's Gospel, Petrine in character ; St. Luke's Gospel, Pauline, though retouched in a conciliatory spirit; Acts, adapted similarly to St. Luke; and latest the Gospel of St. Mark, also of an irenic type. This second period is one of transition between antagonism and complete reconciliation. This latter is the note of the third period, reaching to about A. D. 170, which produced the Gospel and Epistles bearing the name of St. John, and the pastoral Epistles, which therefore cannot have come from St. Paul . The scheme excluded the authenticity of all the Gospels. Baur's theory has not survived except in the very mitigated form seen in the works of Hilgenfeld and Pfleiderer. Nevertheless, aside from his philosophic assumptions, the principles and methods of Baur have left a deep impress on later N. T. criticism. He first practised on a consistent and developed plan the habit of scrutinizing the sacred documents themselves for evidences of the times which gave them birth, and led the way in the present critical trend towards a division of the New Testament into Judaistic, Pauline, and Johannine elements.

The Tübingen ideas evoked a reaction against their destructive and purely rationalistic conclusions. This movement has been twofold: on one side it is orthodox Protestant, though critical in its method; this section is the natural continuation of the earlier Evangelistic exegesis, and counts as its ablest representatives Zahn, B. Weiss, and Godet; the other branch is partly the outgrowth of the Schleiermacher school and acknowledges as its founder Albert Ritschl, whose defection from the Tübingen group (1857) proved a serious blow to Baur's system. The Ritschlian theology insists on the religious value of the New Testament, especially in the impression its picture of Christ makes on the individual soul, and on the other hand allows a free rein to the boldest and most searching criticism of the origin and historical worth of the New Testament books, in a blind mystic confidence that nothing that criticism can do will impair their religious value. The indifference of the Ritschlians to the consequences of criticism is also shown towards the miraculous element in our Lord's life and in the New Testament in general. This tendency is very manifest among other contemporary German critics, who, while influenced by Ritschlianism, belong rather to the "scientific" and evolutionary school. Holtzmann, Bousset, Jülicher, Harnack, Schmiedel by critical procedure eliminate from the Gospels, or at least call into doubt, all the miraculous elements, and reduce the Divinity of Christ to a moral, pre-eminent sonship to God, and yet, by a strange inconsequence, exalt the saving and enlightening power of His personality. This latest school, however, admit dates which approach much nearer to the traditional ones than to those of Baur. Harnack, besides affirming the genuineness of all the Pauline Epistles except the pastoral ones, and of Mark and Luke, places the Synoptic Gospels between A. D. 65 and 93, and fixes the year 110 as the latest limit for the Gospel and Epistles of St. John and the Apocalypse.

In Great Britain, N. T. criticism with few exceptions has been moderate and, on the whole, conservative. Excellent service has been done in the defence of contested books by the British divines J. B. Lightfoot, B. F. Westcott, W. H. Sanday, and others. Holland has produced a small group of radical critics, Van Manen, Pierson, Loman, who, with Steck in Germany, have revived Bruno Bauer's total denial of authenticity to St. Paul's Letters. In France and French Switzerland conservatism has been the keynote of the Protestant scholars Pressensé and Godet; a rationalizing evolutionism that of Sabatier. Abbé Loisy's work will be spoken of below.

A brief summary of the situation of particular books in contemporary non-Catholic criticism follows:

The Synoptic Gospels

The prevalent critical solution of the problem they present is the "two-document" hypothesis, which explains what is common to all of them by supposing that Matthew and Luke drew from the very early Gospel bearing St. Mark's name or an anterior Apostolic document on which Mark is based, and refers the material which is common to Matthew and Luke only to a primitive Aramaic source compiled by one or more immediate disciples of Christ, possibly St. Matthew. St. Luke's Gospel is recognized as authentic ; our canonical Mark as at least virtually so.

Acts

The integrity and entire genuineness of the Acts of the Apostles have been assailed by a few recent critics: Hilgenfeld, Spitta, Clemen. They would analyze the work into a number of sections, by different authors, including St. Luke, rearranged by successive editors, and containing materials varying much in value. No conscious falsification was used, but legendary narratives crept in. These critics are by no means unanimous as to particulars.

Epistles of St. Paul

Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians are acknowledged by all serious scholars to be authentic writings of the Apostle of the Gentiles. About Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, and Philemon there is diversity of opinion. First Thessalonians is generally admitted to be genuine, but the Pauline authorship of the second letter of that name is strongly contested. The weight of non-Catholic critical opinion is against the authenticity of the pastoral Epistles, viz., the two to Timothy and the one to Titus. The Epistle to the Hebrews is assigned to an Alexandrian Jewish convert, contemporary, or almost so, with St. Paul, and a disciple of his teaching. This is also the view of Catholic exegetes of the new school. First Peter is generally held to be the work of that Apostle, but the composition of Second Peter is placed in the second century, even some Catholics inclining to this date. The question whether the Epistles of St. James and St. Jude are from the pens of the Apostles of those names is variously answered outside the Church.

The Johannine Writings

The authenticity and authority of St. John's Gospel form the great battlefield of present N. T. criticism. They had been attacked as early as 1792 by a certain Evanson. The majority of contemporary critics incline to Harnack's view, which is that the Fourth Gospel was composed by John the Presbyter or the "elder" referred to in a fragment by Papias, and asserted by the Harnackians to be distinct from the Apostle and a disciple of the latter. He wrote in the beginning of the second century. Loisy attributes it to an unknown writer of the second century who had no affiliations with St. John. But the historical value of this Evangel is the more vital aspect of the question. The German school of criticism characterizes the Gospel as theology and symbolism, not history; Loisy agrees with them. The Apostolic authorship and historicity of the Fourth Gospel have been vindicated by such critical scholars as Sanday, Stanton, and Drummond in England, and Zahn and B. Weiss in Germany. Orthodox Catholic exegetes, while always holding to the Catholic tradition of the Johannine authorship and historical quality of the Fourth Gospel , admit that St. John's theology indicates reflection and a development over and beyond that of the Synoptists. The first Epistle of St. John is universally admitted to be by the same hand as the Gospel. The criticism of Apocalypse is still in an immature stage. There is much diversity of view as to its author, the Anglican school inclining to St. John. It has been recently proposed that the book is a Jewish apocalypse retouched by a Christian ; so Vischer, Harnack. Nearly all critics acknowledge that there is much apocalyptic element in it, admitting that some of its visions in a veiled manner depict historical situations under the guise of events to come.

(4) The Critical Movement Within the Church Old Testament Criticism

France, the country of Richard Simon and Astruc, has been also that of the beginning of the present-day Catholic criticism. François Lenormant , a distinguished Catholic Orientalist, in the preface to his "Origines de l'histoire d'après la Bible et les traditions des peuples Orientaux" (1880-84), declared no longer tenable the traditional unity of authorship for the Pentateuch, and admitted as demonstrated that the fundamental sources of its first four books were a Jehovist and Elohist document, each inspired and united by a "final redactor". Minor discordances exist between them. The earlier chapters of Genesis contain mythical and legendary elements common to Semitic peoples, which in the hands of the inspired writers became the "figured vestments of eternal truths ". The same preface bespeaks entire liberty for the critic in the matter of dates and authors. Lenormant's work was placed on the Index, 19 December, 1887. The basis of his literary analysis was supplied by the conclusions of higher criticism, up to that time unaccepted, at least publicly, by any Catholic savant. E. Reuss, a liberal Protestant professor at the university of Strasburg, had published at Paris, in 1879, "L'Histoire Sainte et la Loi; Pentateuque et Josué". In 1883 appeared Wellhausen's influential "Prolegomena to the History of Israel", re-edited in 1889 under the title, "Composition of the Hexateuch and the Historical Books of the O. T."

Alfred Loisy, then professor of Sacred Scripture at the Institut Catholique of Paris, in his inaugural lecture for the course of 1892-93 made a clear-cut plea for the exercise of criticism in the study of the human side of the Bible ("Enseignement Biblique", Nov.-Dec., 1892; reprinted in "Les études bibliques", 1894). In an essay which appeared in 1893, Loisy discussed the "Biblical Question", reasserted the right of Catholic science to treat critically the general aspects of Holy Scripture and also its interpretations, and rejected its absolute inerrancy, while holding to its total inspiration. The historical portions offer data which have only a "relative truth ", i.e. with reference to the age in which they were written. The author enumerated conclusions of the criticism which he regarded as fixed; these included the non-Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, the unhistorical character of the first chapters of Genesis, the development of Biblical doctrine. Early in the same year Mgr. d'Hulst , rector of the Institut Catholique of Paris, had drawn acute attention to the progress of critical ideas in Catholic scientific circles by an article in the "Correspondant" of 25 January, 1893, entitled "La Question Biblique", in which he expressed the opinion that the admission of inaccuracies in Scripture is theologically tenable. The discussion of these questions was the occasion of the encyclical "Providentissimus Deus", issued by Leo XIII , 18 November, 1893, in which the total inerrancy of the Bible was declared to be the necessary consequence of its inspiration. The unwarranted concessions of Catholic writers to rationalistic criticism and the exclusive use of internal arguments against historical authority were condemned as contrary to correct principles of criticism. Sound Biblical criticism was commended. Similar commendation was given in the Apostolic letter. "Vigilantiæ", establishing the Biblical Commission, 30 October, 1902.

In a paper read before the Catholic Scientific Congress of Fribourg, 1897 (Revue Biblique, January, 1898), Father M. J. Lagrange, superior of the Dominican school of Biblical studies at Jerusalem, defended a literary analysis and an evolution of the Pentateuch which are substantially identical with those of the Graf-Wellhausen hypothesis. He distinguished between the tradition that Moses was the historical author or founder of the Pentateuch, which he retained, and the tradition of the Mosaic literary authorship, which he abandoned. Like Loisy, the learned Dominican maintained that the literary methods of the ancient Orient are sharply differentiated from those of our civilization. During the last decade a considerable number of Catholic Biblical scholars have coalesced into what has been called the "progressive" school. Naturally disagreeing somewhat in details, they agree in holding

(a) the composite texture and progressive formation of a number of sacred books, and in abandoning therefore their traditional unity of authorship;
(b) in allowing a theological andmoral development in the O. T.;
(c) in admitting an extensive tacit insertion of popular traditions and written sources, which contain unhistorical statements.

Nevertheless these exegetes hold firmly to the objective truth of the essential and larger lines of the history of the Old Dispensation as embodied in the Bible . They assert that in general the question of the literary procedure of Biblical writers is not one of faith. Their position has met with repeated attacks by Catholic adherents of the conservative school, who have combated them with arguments drawn chiefly from the irreconcilability of the new views with the Catholic dogmatic tradition of inspiration and inerrancy as

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Controversialist and publicist, born at Villeneuve de Berg (Ardeche); 2 October, 1741; died at ...

Barry, John

Captain in the United States navy, b. at Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland, in 1745; d. at ...

Barry, John

Second Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.; b. 1799 in the parish of Oylegate, Co. Wexford, ...

Barry, Patrick

Horticulturist, b. near Belfast, Ireland, May, 1816; d. at Rochester, New York, U.S.A., 23 June, ...

Barry, Paul de

Born at Leucate in 1587; died at Avignon, 28 July, 1661. He was a member of the Society of ...

Barthélemy, Jean-Jacques

A celebrated French numismatologist and writer, b. at Cassis (Provence), 1716; d. in Paris, ...

Barthel, Johann Caspar

A German canonist, b. 10 June, 1697, at Kitzingen, Bavaria ; d. 8 April, 1771. He was the son of ...

Bartholi, Francesco della Rossa

Friar Minor and chronicler, died c. 1372. Little is known of his life save what may be gathered ...

Bartholomaeus Anglicus

Franciscan encyclopedist of the thirteenth century. An Englishman by birth he had been professor ...

Bartholomew

"APOSTLE OF ARMENIA." Also called Bartholomaeus Parvus (the Little), born at Bologna, year not ...

Bartholomew of Braga, Venerable

Born at Verdela, near Lisbon, May, 1514; died at Viana, 16 July, 1590. Bartholomew Fernandez, ...

Bartholomew of Braganca

Born about 1200; died 1 July, 1271. He made his studies at Padua, receiving there the habit of the ...

Bartholomew of Brescia

An Italian canonist, b. probably in the second half of the twelfth century at Brescia ; d. ...

Bartholomew of Edessa

Syrian apologist and polemical writers. The place of his birth is not known, it was probably ...

Bartholomew of Lucca

(Or de Fiadonibus, sometimes abbreviated Ptolomeo or Tolomeo) Historian, b. about 1227 at Lucca ...

Bartholomew of Pisa

Friar Minor and chronicler. The fact that there were two Friars Minor named Bartholomew living ...

Bartholomew of San Concordio

(Also of Pisa ) Canonist, and man of letters, b. at San Concordia, near Pisa about ...

Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Saint

This massacre of which Protestants were the victims occurred in Paris on 24 August, 1572 (the ...

Bartholomew, Saint

One of the Twelve Apostles, mentioned sixth in the three Gospel lists ( Matthew 10:3 ; Mark ...

Bartholomites

The name given to Armenian monks who sought refuge in Italy after the invasion of their country ...

Bartoli, Daniello

An historian and littérateur , born at Ferrara, 12 February, 1608; died in Rome, 12 ...

Bartolocci, Giulio

A Cistercian monk and learned Hebrew scholar, b. at Celleno in the old kingdom of Naples, 1 ...

Bartolommeo, Fra

An Italian painter and a member of the Dominican Order, b. in 1475 in the territory belonging ...

Bartolozzi, Francesco

An engraver, etcher, and painter, b. at Florence, 1727; d. at Lisbon, 1815. His father was a ...

Barton, Elizabeth

Born probably in 1506; executed at Tyburn, 20 April, 1534; called the "Nun of Kent." The career of ...

Baruch

( Hebrew Barûkh , blessed, Benedict; Septuagint Barouch ). The disciple of ...

Barzynski, Vincent

Born at Sulislawice, Sandomir, Russian Poland, 1838; d. at Chicago, 2 May, 1899. The son of ...

Bas-relief

A sculpture executed upon and attached to a flat surface. The usual impression produced by an ...

Basil of Amasea

(Basileus or Basilius) Bishop and Martyr. In St. Jerome's Latin version of the Chronicle of ...

Basil of Seleucia

Bishop and ecclesiastical writer, date of birth uncertain; d., probably, between 458 and 460; ...

Basil the Great, Saint

Bishop of Caesarea, and one of the most distinguished Doctors of the Church. Born probably 329; ...

Basil, Liturgy of Saint

Several Oriental liturgies, or at least several anaphoras, have been attributed to the great ...

Basil, Rule of Saint

I. Under the name of Basilians are included all the religious who follow the Rule of St. Basil. ...

Basilians

(Priests of the Community of St. Basil) During the French Revolution, Mgr. D'Aviau, the last ...

Basilica

( Stoa basilike , or basileios ). The term basilica can indicate either the ...

Basilides

The earliest of the Alexandrian Gnostics ; he was a native of Alexandria and flourished under ...

Basilides

Martyrs bearing the name of Basilides are mentioned in the old martyrologies on three different ...

Basilinopolis

A titular see of Asia Minor. Originally a small village in Bithynia Prima, it obtained the rank ...

Basilissa

Various female martyrs, attributed to different localities yet bearing the common name of ...

Basins, Ecclesiastical Use of

Basins were extensively used in the Jewish Ritual and were in early use in Christian churches ...

Basle, Council of

Convoked by Pope Martin V in 1431, closed at Lausanne in 1449. The position of the pope as the ...

Basle-Lugano

Basle-Lugano is the largest Catholic diocese of Switzerland. It is composed of the two Dioceses ...

Bassein

A town situated twenty-nine miles north of Bombay in British India, and now of much historic ...

Bassett, Joshua

Convert and controversialist, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, England, under James II, ...

Bassi, Matthew of

Founder and first Superior-General of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, the principal branch ...

Bassianus

Bishop of Ephesus (444-448). As a priest of Ephesus the charities of Bassianus so won the ...

Bastiat, Claude-Frédéric

A French economist, b. at Mugron, a small city in the Department of Landes, 29 June, 1801; d. at ...

Baston, Guillaume-André-Réné

A French theologian, b. at Rouen, 29 November, 1741; d. at Saint-Laurent, 26 September, 1825. He ...

Basutoland

(Prefecture Apostolic of Basutoland) Basutoland, a mountainous district of South Africa, is ...

Batavia

(Vicariate Apostolic of Batavia) When the Portuguese took possession of the island of Java, of ...

Bath Abbey

The first religious house in Bath was a monastery of nuns founded by King Osric, A.D. 676. This ...

Bath and Wells

B ADONIENSIS ET W ELLENSIS (Bath, Aquae Solis, Bathonia, Bathensis, Bathoniensis ; Wells, ...

Bathe, William

Writer on music and education, b. at Dublin, Ireland, 2 April, 1564; d. at Madrid, 17 June, ...

Bathilde, Saint

(Or BATILDE). Wife of Clovis II, King of France, time and place of birth unknown; d. ...

Bathurst

Diocese situated in New South Wales, Australia, in the ecclesiastical Province of Sydney, ...

Battaglini, Marco

A historian of the councils, b. at Rimini, Italy, 25 March, 1645; d. at Cesena, 19 September, ...

Batteux, Charles

Abbé and writer on philosophy and æsthetics, b. near Vouziers, France, 6 May, ...

Battista, Giovanni Giuda Giona

(His original name was Jehuda Jona Ben-Isaac). Born of Jewish parents at Safed in Galilee, ...

Battle Abbey

Founded by William the Conqueror on the site of the Battle of Senlae or Hastings (1066), nearly ...

Bauberger, Wilhelm

German physician, novelist, and poet, b. at Thannhausen in Swabian Bavaria, 3 March, 1809; d. at ...

Baudeau, Nicolas

Regular Canon and economist, b. at Amboise, France, 25 April, 1730; d. in 1792. He became a ...

Baudouin, Michel

Italian missionary, born in Quebec, Canada, 8 March, 1692, entered the Society of Jesus in ...

Baumgartner, Alexander

Poet and writer on the history of literature, b. at St. Gall, Switzerland, 27 June, 1841; d. at ...

Baumgartner, Gallus Jacob

A Swiss statesman, b. 18 October, 1797, at Altstätten, Switzerland ; d. 12 July, 1869, at ...

Baunard, Louis

Educator, b. at Bellgarde (Loiret), France, in 1828. He was one of the clergy of ...

Bauny, Etienne

Theologian, b. in 1564 at Mouzon, Ardennes, France ; d. 3 December, 1649, at Saint Pol de ...

Bausset, Louis-François de

A French cardinal, writers, and statesman, b. in 1748 at Pondichery, where his father held an ...

Bautain, Louis-Eugène-Marie

Philosopher and theologian, b. at Paris, 17 February, 1796; d. there, 15 October, 1867. After a ...

Bautista, Fray Juan

Born at Mexico, 1555; date of death unknown, but probably between 1606 and 1615. He joined the ...

Bavaria, The Kingdom of

I. POLITICAL CONSTITUTION, AREA, POPULATION The present Kingdom of Bavaria -- named after the ...

Bawden, William

(Or Baldwin). An English Jesuit, born at Cornwall, 1563; died at St.-Omer, 28 September, ...

Bayer, Adèle

( née Parmentier) Eldest daughter of Andrew Parmentier, b. in Belgium, 4 July, 1814, ...

Bayeu y Subias, Francisco

Born at Saragossa, 9 March, 1734; died Madrid, 4 August, 1795, a distinguished religious and ...

Bayeux

DIOCESE OF BAYEUX (B AJOCÆ ). Coextensive with the Department of Calvados; suffragan to ...

Bayley, James Roosevelt

First Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.; eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, Maryland ; b. ...

Baylon, Saint Pascal

Born at Torre-Hermosa, in the Kingdom of Aragon, 24 May, 1540, on the Feast of Pentecost, called ...

Bayma, Joseph

Jesuit mathematician and scientist, b. in Piedmont, Italy, 9 November, 1816; d. at Santa Clara, ...

Bayonne

(Lapurdum) The Diocese of Bayonne comprises the Department of Basses-Pyrenees. Reorganized in ...

Baysio, Guido de

(Baisio) An Italian canonist, b. about the middle of the thirteenth century of a noble ...

Bazin, John Stephen

Third Bishop of Vincennes (now the Diocese of Indianapolis ), b. at Duerne, near Lyons, ...

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Beads, Use of, at Prayers

Beads variously strung together, according to the kind, order, and number of prayers in certain ...

Beards

Among the Jews, as among most Oriental peoples, the beard was especially cherished as a symbol of ...

Beardsley, Aubrey

English artist, born at Brighton, 1872; died at Mentone, France, 16 March, 1898. It has been ...

Beatific Vision

The immediate knowledge of God which the angelic spirits and the souls of the just enjoy in ...

Beatification and Canonization

HISTORY According to some writers the origin of beatification and canonization in the Catholic ...

Beatitudes, Mount of

This name is given to the place where Our Saviour delivered the "Sermon on the Mount", beginning ...

Beatitudes, The Eight

The solemn blessings ( beatitudines, benedictiones ) which mark the opening of the Sermon on ...

Beaton, David

(Or Bethune) Cardinal, Archbishop of St. Andrews, b. 1494; d. 29 May, 1546. He was of an ...

Beaton, James

(Or Bethune) A Scottish Archbishop ; b. c. 1473; d. at St. Andrews, 1539, was the sixth and ...

Beaton, James

(Or Bethune) Archbishop of Glasgow, b. 1517; d. 24 April, 1603; the son of James Beaton of ...

Beatrix

(Or B EATRICE ). The name Beatrix has been borne by a certain number of holy persons, but no ...

Beaufort, Lady Margaret

Countess of Richmond and Derby, b. 1443; d. 1509, daughter and heiress of John Beaufort, first ...

Beaulieu Abbey

( Abbatia quae vocitatur Bellus Locus ) Beaulieu Abbey was a Cistercian house in ...

Beaune, Renaud de

A French Bishop, b. in 1527, at Tours ; d. 1606 in Paris. Before entering the ecclesiastical ...

Beauregard, Jean-Nicolas

Celebrated French pulpit orator, born at Metz in Lorraine, 4 December, 1733; died at the ...

Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant

Soldier, b. near New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. 28 May, 1818; d. there 20 February, 1893. He ...

Beauvais

(Bellovacum) A suffragan diocese of the archiepiscopal See of Reims. The Dioceses of ...

Beauvais, Gilles-François-de

Jesuit writer and preacher, born at Mans, France, 7 July, 1693; died probably at Paris about ...

Beauvais, Jean-Baptiste-Charles-Marie de

A French bishop, b. at Cherbourg, 17 October, 1731; d. at Paris, 4 April, 1790. The sermons he ...

Bec, Abbey of

The Benedictine Abbey of Bec, or Le Bec, in Normandy, was founded in the earlier part of the ...

Becan, Martin

(Verbreck, van der Breck). Controversialist, born at Hilvarenbeck, Brabant, Holland, 6 ...

Beccaria, Giovanni Battista

A physicist, born at Mondovì, 3 October, 1716; died at Turin, 27 May, 1781. At the age ...

Beccus, John

Patriarch of Constantinople in the second half of the thirteenth century, one of the few Greek ...

Beche, Blessed John

( Alias THOMAS MARSHALL). English Benedictine abbot and martyr ; date of birth unknown; ...

Beckedorff, George Philipp Ludolf von

Born at Hanover, 14 April, 1778; died at Grünhof, 27 February, 1858. He first studied ...

Becker, Thomas Andrew

Sixth Bishop of Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A. b. at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 20 December, 1832; ...

Becket, Saint Thomas

Martyr, Archbishop of Canterbury, born at London, 21 December, 1118 (?); died at Canterbury, 29 ...

Beckx, Pierre-Jean

Twenty-second General of the Society of Jesus , born at Sichem, Belgium, 8 February, 1795; died ...

Becquerel, Antoine-César

French physicist, b. at Chatillon-sur-Loing (Loiret), 7 March, 1788; d. at Paris, 18 January, ...

Bede

(Or B EAD , whence Bedehouse, Bedesman, Bederoll). The old English word bede (Anglo-Saxon ...

Bede, The Venerable

Historian and Doctor of the Church , born 672 or 673; died 735. In the last chapter of his great ...

Bedford, Gunning S.

Medical writer and teacher, b. at Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. of a distinguished family in ...

Bedford, Henry

Writer, educator, b. in London 1 October, 1816; d. in Dublin, Ireland, 21 May, 1903. With the ...

Bedingfeld, Frances

( alias Long) Superioress of the English Institute of Mary , b. 1616 of a gentle family ...

Bedingfeld, Henry, Sir

Knight; b. 1509; d. 1583. He was the grandson of Sir Edmund Bedingfeld who had served in the Wars ...

Bedini, Cajetan

Italian Cardinal and diplomat; born at Sinigaglia, Italy, 15 May, 1806; died at Viterbo, 6 ...

Bedlam

(An English abbreviation of BETHLEHEM). A London hospital originally intended for the poor ...

Beelen, Ian Theodor

Exegete and Orientalist, b. at Amsterdam, 12 January 1807; d. at Louvain, 31 March 1884. After a ...

Beelphegor

( Or BAALPEOR.) Beelphegor was the baal of Mt. Phogor, or Peor, a mountain of Moab. ...

Beelzebub

1. Old Testament Beelzebub, or Baalzebûb, the Philistine god of Accaron (Ekron), ...

Beesley, George, Venerable

(Also spelled Bisley). Martyr, born at The Hill in Goosnargh parish, Lancaster, England, of an ...

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Born at Bonn, probably on 16 December, 1770; died at Vienna, 26 March, 1827. The date of his ...

Begnudelli-Basso, Francesco Antonio

A canonist who lived at the end of the seventeenth century; died at Freising, 9 October, 1713. ...

Beguines & Beghards

The etymology of the names Beghard and Beguine can only be conjectured. Most likely they are ...

Behaim, Albert von

(Known also as Albertus Bohemus) Born c. 1180, probably at Boheiming, in the Diocese of Passau ...

Behaim, Martin

(Martinus de Bohemia ) A German cartographer and navigator, b. at Nuremberg in 1459; d. at ...

Beirut

In Phoenicia, a titular Latin see, and the residential see of several prelates of Oriental ...

Beja

Diocese in Portugal, suffragan of Evora. It was created 10 June, 1770, and numbers 175,000 ...

Belasyse, John

B ARON B ELASYSE Born about 1614; died 1689, a loyal Catholic English nobleman, second son ...

Belchiam, Venerable Thomas

A Franciscan martyr in the reign of Henry VIII, date of birth uncertain; d. 3 August 1537. He ...

Belem do Pará, Archdiocese of

In South America, formerly (after 4 March, 1719) a suffragan diocese of Bahia (San Salvador), ...

Belfry

The upper part of the tower or steeple of a church, for the reception of the bells ; or a ...

Belgium

I. THE NAPOLEONIC ERA The victory of Fleurus, gained by the French army over the Austrian forces, ...

Belgrade and Smederevo

Titular (united) sees of Servia. The history of these sees is as confused as their present plight ...

Belgrado, Giacopo

Italian Jesuit and natural philosopher, born at Udine, 16 November, 1704; died in the same ...

Belial

Found frequently as a personal name in the Vulgate and various English translations of the ...

Belief

( be and lyian , to hold dear). That state of the mind by which it assents to ...

Belin, Albert (Jean)

French prelate and writer, b. in Besançon early in the seventeenth century; d. 29 April, ...

Bell, Altar

A small bell placed on the credence or in some other convenient place on the epistle side ...

Bell, Angelus

The triple Hail Mary recited in the evening, which is the origin of our modern Angelus, was ...

Bell, Arthur, Venerable

( alias F RANCIS ) Friar Minor and English martyr, b. at Temple-Broughton near Worcester, 13 ...

Bell, James

Priest and martyr, b. at Warrington in Lancashire, England, probably about 1520; d. 20 April, ...

Bellamy, Jerome

Jerome Bellamy of Uxenden Hall, near London, England, d. 1586, a member of an old Catholic family ...

Bellarini, John

Barnabite theologian, b. at Castelnuovo, Italy, in 1552; d. at Milan, 27 August, 1630. He was ...

Bellarmine, St. Robert

(Also, "Bellarmino"). A distinguished Jesuit theologian, writer, and cardinal, born at ...

Bellasius, Edward

Serjeant-at-Law, b. 14 October, 1800; d. 24 January, 1873; was one of the most able and respected ...

Bellecius, Aloysius

Jesuit ascetic author, born at Freiburg im Breisgau, 15 February, 1704; died at Augsburg, 27 ...

Bellenden, John

(Ballenden, or Ballantyne) A Scotch poet, b. at Haddington or Berwick in the latter part of ...

Belleville

The Diocese of Belleville comprises that part of southern Illinois, U.S.A. which lies south of ...

Belley

Diocese of Belley (Bellicium) Coextensive with the civil department of Ain and a suffragan of ...

Bellings, Sir Richard

(Or Belling) Irish historian, b. near Dublin early in the seventeenth century; d. in 1677. He ...

Bellini

Giacomo (Jacopo) Bellini Father of Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, b. about 1400; d. 1471. ...

Belloy, Jean-Baptiste de

Cardinal - Archbishop of Paris, b. 9 October, 1709, at Morangles in the Diocese of Beauvais ; ...

Bells

The subject will be treated under the following heads: I. Origin; II. Benediction; III. Uses; IV. ...

Belluno-Feltre

(Diocese of Belluno-Feltre). Belluno, which was anciently called Bellunum, the metropolis of ...

Belmont, François Vachon de

Fifth superior of the Sulpicians at Montreal, b. at Grenoble, France, 1645; d. 1732. He went ...

Belshazzar

(Or, as found in the Septuagint Baltasár .) Baltasar is the Greek and Latin name for ...

Belson, Venerable Thomas

Martyr, b. at Brill in Oxfordshire, England, dated uncertain; d. 5 July 1589. He was at the ...

Belsunce de Castelmoron, Henri François Xavier de

Bishop of Marseilles, b. 1671 at the Château de la Force, in Périgord; d. 1755 at ...

Belzoni, Giambattista

An Egyptian explorer, b. at Padua, Italy, in 1778; d. Gato, Africa, 3 Dec., 1823. His father ...

Bembo, Pietro

A famous Italian scholar and Cardinal, b. of a noble family at Venice, 20 May, 1470; d. at ...

Benadir

Prefecture Apostolic in Africa ; lies between 8° and 12° N. lat., and between 42° ...

Benavides, Fray Alonzo

(Benavidez) Archbishop of Goa in the Portuguese Indies. Although a prelate of high rank, the ...

Bench, Communion

An adaptation of the sanctuary guard or altar-rail. Standing in front of this barrier, in a ...

Benda

A titular see of Albania. Its history is closely connected with that of the Sees of Narenta and ...

Benedict Biscop, Saint

An English monastic founder, born of a noble Anglo-Saxon family, c. 628; died 12 January 690. ...

Benedict I, Pope

Of the first Pontiff who bore the name of Benedict practically nothing is known. The date of his ...

Benedict II, Saint, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died 8 May, 685; was a Roman, and the son of John. Sent when young to the ...

Benedict III, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. 17 April, 858. The election of the learned and ascetic Roman, Benedict, ...

Benedict IV, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died in the summer of 903. The Popes Benedict from the fourth to the ...

Benedict IX, Pope

The nephew of his two immediate predecessors, Benedict IX was a man of very different character ...

Benedict Joseph Labre, Saint

Born 26 March, 1748 at Amettes in the Diocese of Boulogne, France ; died in Rome 16 April, 1783. ...

Benedict Levita

Benedict Levita (of Mainz ), or Benedict the Deacon, is the name given to himself by the author ...

Benedict of Aniane, Saint

Born about 745-750; died at Cornelimünster, 11 February, 821. Benedict, originally known as ...

Benedict of Nursia, Saint

Founder of western monasticism, born at Nursia, c. 480; died at Monte Cassino , 543. The only ...

Benedict of Peterborough

Abbot and writer, place and date of birth unknown; d. 1193. He was educated at Oxford, and was ...

Benedict of San Philadelphio, Saint

(Or B ENEDICT THE M OOR ) Born at San Philadelphio or San Fradello, a village of the ...

Benedict V, Pope

Date of birth unknown; died 4 July, 965. Benedict V was elected pope (May, 964) in very ...

Benedict VI, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. August, 974 (see Ricobaldi of Ferrara, Compil. Chron., in Rer. Ital. SS. ...

Benedict VII, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. c. October, 983. Acting under the influence of Sicco (see BENEDICT VI ...

Benedict VIII, Pope

Date of birth unknown; d. 9 April, 1024. The first of the Tusculan popes, being the son of ...

Benedict X

The bearer of this name was an antipope in the days of Nicholas II, 1056-61.

Benedict XI, Pope

(Nicholas Boccasini) Born at Treviso, Italy, 1240; died at Perugia, 7 July, 1304. He entered ...

Benedict XII, Pope

(J ACQUES F OURNIER ) Third of the Avignon popes, b. at Saverdun in the province of ...

Benedict XIII, Pope

(PIETRO FRANCESCO ORSINI) Born 2 February, 1649; died 23 February, 1730. Being a son of ...

Benedict XIV, Pope

(P ROSPERO L ORENZO L AMBERTINI .) Son of Marcello Lambertini and Lucretia Bulgarini, b. ...

Benedict, Medal of

A medal, originally a cross, dedicated to the devotion in honour of St. Benedict. One ...

Benedict, Rule of Saint

This work holds the first place among monastic legislative codes, and was by far the most ...

Benedictbeurn, Abbey of

Situated in the Bavarian Alps, about thirty miles south of Munich. It was formerly in the ...

Benedicti, Jean

A Franciscan theologian of the sixteenth century belonging to the Observantine Province of ...

Benedictine Order

The Benedictine Order comprises monks living under the Rule of St. Benedict, and commonly known ...

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

One of the most generally popular of Catholic services is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, ...

Benedictional

( Benedictionale ). A book containing a collection of benedictions or blessings in use in ...

Benedictus Polonus

A medieval Friar Minor missionary and traveller (c. 1245) companion of Giovanni da Piancarpino, ...

Benedictus, The

The Benedictus, given in Luke 1:68-79, is one of the three great canticles in the opening ...

Benefice

( Latin Beneficium , a benefit) Popularly the term benefice is often understood to denote ...

Benefit of Clergy

The exemption from the jurisdiction of the secular courts, which in England, in the Middle ...

Benettis, Jeremiah

Friar Minor Capuchin and historical writer, d. in 1774. He belonged to the Province of Piedmont ...

Benevento, Archdiocese of

(BENEVENTANA). Benevento, the ancient Beneventum, the principal city of the province of the ...

Bengtsson, Jöns Oxenstjerna

(JOANNES BENEDICTI). Archbishop of Upsala, Sweden, b. 1417; d. in 1467. He was a member of ...

Bengy, Anatole de

A martyr of the French Commune, b. at Bourges, 19 September, 1824; d. in Paris, 26 May, 1871. ...

Benignus of Dijon, Saint

Martyr honoured as the patron saint and first herald of Christianity of Dijon (Divio) an old ...

Benignus, Saint

Date of birth unknown; d. 467, son of Sesenen, an Irish chieftain in that part of Ireland which ...

Benin

(Vicariate Apostolic of the Coast of Benin. Also called Oræ Benini). Includes an ...

Benjamin

( Hebrew binjamin , "son of the right hand"). (1) The youngest son of Jacob born of ...

Benkert, Franz Georg

German theologian and historical writer, b. 25 September, 1790, at Nordheim, near the mountain ...

Benno II

Bishop of Osnabrück, b. at Luningen in Swabia; d. 27 July, 1088, in the Benedictine ...

Benoît, Michel

Born at Autun (or Dijon ), France, 8 October, 1715; died at Peking, 23 October, 1774, a ...

Benthamism

Jeremy Bentham an English jurist and reformer, born at Houndsditch, London, 15 February, 1748; ...

Bentivoglio, Family of

Originally from the castle of that name in the neighbourhood of Bologna, Italy. They claimed ...

Bentley, John Francis

English architect, b. at Doncaster, Yorkshire, in 1839; d. in London, February, 1902. From early ...

Bentney, William

( Alias Bennet). An English Jesuit priest born in Cheshire, 1609; died 30 October, 1692. He ...

Benziger, Joseph Charles

Founder of the Catholic publishing house that bears his name, b. at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, ...

Benzoni, Girolamo

Born at Milan about 1519. He went to America in 1541 and successively visited the Antilles and ...

Berach, Saint

Of Termonbarry, d. 595; a disciple of St. Kevin and a celebrated Irish saint, whose memory is ...

Berard of Carbio, Saint

(Or BERALDUS). Friar Minor and martyr ; d. 16 January, 1220. Of the noble family of ...

Berardi, Carbo Sebastiano

Canonist, b. at Oneglia, Italy, 26 August, 1719; d. 1768. Having studied theology at Savona ...

Bercharius, Saint

(BERERUS). Abbot of Hautvillers in Champagne, b. 636; d. 28 March, 696. Descended from a ...

Bercheure, Pierre

(BERCHOIRE, BERSUIRE). A learned French Benedictine, b. 1290 at St. Pierre du Chemin ...

Berchmans, Saint John

Born at Diest in Brabant, 13 March, 1599; died at Rome, 13 August, 1621. His parents watched ...

Berchtold, Blessed

(BERTHOLD). Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery of Engelberg in Switzerland ; date of ...

Berdini of Sarteano, Blessed Albert

Franciscan Friar and missionary, born at Sarteano, in Tuscany, 1385; died at Milan, 15 August, ...

Berengarius of Tours

Born at Tours about 999; died on the island of St. Cosme, near that city, in 1088. Having ...

Berenice

A titular see of Egypt which was situated at the end of Major Syrtis where Bengazi stands ...

Bergamo

(Diocese of Bergamo). The city, called by the ancients Bergonum, is capital of the province of ...

Bergen, Ancient See of

(BERGA, BERGENSIS.) The diocese included the Provinces of Nordre and Sondre Bergenhus, and ...

Bergier, Nicolas-Sylvestre

French theologian, b. 31 December, 1715 at Darney in Lorraine ; d. at Versailles, 9 April, 1790. ...

Berin, Saint

Confessor, first Bishop of Dorchester (in what is now the County of Oxford, not Dorchester, ...

Berington, Charles

Titular Bishop of Hiero-Caesarea, b. at Stock, Essex, England, 1748; d. 8 June, 1798. His life ...

Berington, Joseph

One of the best known Catholic writers of his day, b. at Winsley, in Herefordshire, 16 January, ...

Berisford, Humphrey

Confessor (c. 1588) of whom the only extant account occurs in the manuscript marked "F", ...

Berissa

(Berisa or Verissa) A titular see of Pontus Polemoniacus, in Asia Minor which Kiepert and ...

Beristain y Martin de Souza, José Mariano

Mexican bibliographer, b. in Puebla, Mexico, 22 May, 1756; d. at Mexico, 23 March, 1817. He went ...

Berlage, Anton

Dogmatic theologian, b. 21 December, 1805, at Münster, Westphalia ; d. there, 6 December, ...

Berland, Pierre

Archbishop of Bordeaux, b. 1375 in Médoc; d. 1457 at Bordeaux. Being of humble ...

Berlanga, Fray Tomás de

Bishop of Panama, b. at Berlanga in Spain, date uncertain; d. there 8 August, 1551. He was ...

Berlin

Capital of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia, and residence of the German ...

Berlioz, Hector

French composer, b. at La Côte Saint-André, near Grenoble, 11 December, 1803; d. at ...

Bernal, Agostino

Spanish theologian, born at Magallon in Aragon in 1587; died at Saragossa, 13 September, 1642. ...

Bernard Guidonis

Inquisitor of Toulouse against the Albigenses and Bishop of Lodève, b. at ...

Bernard of Besse

Friar Minor and chronicler, a native of Aquitaine, date of birth uncertain; he belonged to the ...

Bernard of Bologna

( Also Bernardine; Flovitano Toselli). Friar Minor Capuchin and Scotist theologian, born at ...

Bernard of Botone

Generally called Parmensis from his birthplace, Parma in Italy, a noted canonist of the ...

Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint

Born in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France ; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153. His ...

Bernard of Cluny

Bernard of Cluny (or of Morlaix), a Benedictine monk of the first half of the twelfth century, ...

Bernard of Compostella

(1) Bernard of Compostella (Antiquus) A canonist of the early thirteenth century, a native of ...

Bernard of Luxemburg

Dominican theologian, controversialist, and Inquisitor of the Archdioceses of Cologne, Mainz, ...

Bernard of Menthon, Saint

Born in 923, probably in the castle Menthon near Annecy, in Savoy ; died at Novara, 1008. He ...

Bernard of Pavia

A noted canonist, provost of the cathedral chapter of Pavia, and, in 1190, promoted to the ...

Bernard Tolomeo, Saint

Founder of the congregation of the Blessed Virgin of Monte Oliveto, born at Siena in Tuscany ...

Bernard, Alexis-Xyste

Bishop of St. Hyacinth, P.Q., Canada. b. at Beloeil, P.Q., 29 December, 1847. He made his ...

Bernard, Claude

A French ecclesiastic known as "the poor priest " ( le pauvre prêtre ), b. at Dijon 23 ...

Bernard, Claude

French physiologist, b. 12 July, 1813 at Saint Julien near Villefranche, France ; d. at Paris, ...

Bernard, Saint

(BARNARD.) Archbishop of Vienne, France. Born in 778; died at Vienne, 23 January, 842. His ...

Bernardine of Feltre, Blessed

Friar Minor and missionary, b. at Feltre, Italy, in 1439 and d. at Pavia, 28 September, 1494. He ...

Bernardine of Fossa, Blessed

Of the Order of Friars Minor, historian and ascetical writer, b. at Fossa, in the Diocese of ...

Bernardine of Siena, Saint

Friar Minor, missionary, and reformer, often called the "Apostle ofItaly ", b. of the noblefamily ...

Bernardines, The

Title of certain sisters of the order of Cîteaux who at the end of the sixteenth and in ...

Berne

The fourth city of Switzerland in population, capital of a canton of the same name which is the ...

Berni, Francesco

An Italian comic poet, b. at Lamporecchio (Florence) 1497 or 1498; d. at Florence, 26 May, ...

Bernier, Etienne-Alexandre

French Bishop, b. at Daon (Mayenne), 31 October, 1762; d. at Paris, 1 October, 1806. He was a ...

Bernini, Domenico

Son of the famous artist Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini , lived in the early part of the eighteenth ...

Bernini, Giovanni Lorenzo

One of the most vigorous and fertile of Italian architects and sculptors, b. at Naples in 1598; ...

Bernini, Giuseppe Maria

A Capuchin missionary and Orientalist, b. near Carignan in Piedmont ; d. in Hindustan in 1753. ...

Bernis, François-Joachim-Pierre de

A French cardinal and statesman, b. 1715 at Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche; d. at Rome, 1794. ...

Berno

(Apostle of the Obotrites), in the latter half of the twelfth century. The Obotrites were one of ...

Berno (Abbot of Reichenau)

Famous as orator, poet, philosopher, and musician, born (date unknown) at Prüm near Trier ...

Bernold of Constance

Historian and theologian, b. in Swabia about 1054; d. at Schaffhausen, 16 September, 1100. He ...

Bernward, Saint

Thirteenth Bishop of Hildesheim, Germany, b. about the middle of the tenth century; d. 20 ...

Beroea

(Later, Berrhoea, Beroie, and Beroe ). A titular see of Macedonia, at the foot of Mount ...

Berosus

( Berosós or Berossós ) The name of a native historian of Babylonia and a ...

Beroth

(B EEROTH ) A city in Chanaan, one of the confederation of cities under the headship of ...

Berrettini, Pietro

(Called Pietro da Cortona) A distinguished Italian painter, architect, and writer, b. at ...

Berruguete, Alonso

For his mastery of the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture, sometimes called the ...

Berruyer, Isaac-Joseph

Born at Roueb, 7 November, 1681; died at Paris, 18 February, 1758. He entered the Society of Jesus ...

Berryer, Pierre-Antoine

French advocate, orator, and statesman, son of Pierre-Nicolas Berryer, an advocate, b. at Paris, ...

Bersabee

( Bar sb‘ or Beersheba ) A town on the southern extremity of Palestine, one of the ...

Bertha

Of the various holy women bearing the name of Bertha, five are more particularly worthy of ...

Berthier, Guillaume-François

A Jesuit professor and writer, born at Issoudun, 1704; died at Bourges, 1782. He taught ...

Berthold

Bishop, Apostle of the Livonians, killed 24 July, 1198, in a crusade against the pagan ...

Berthold of Chiemsee

A German bishop and theological writer, b. 1465 at Salzburg, Austria ; d. 19 July, 1543, at ...

Berthold of Henneberg

Archbishop and Elector of Mainz, b. 1441; d. 21 December, 1504. Having completed his education ...

Berthold of Ratisbon

A Franciscan of the monastery of that city and the most powerful preacher of repentance in the ...

Berthold of Reichenau

A Benedictine monk and chronicler of the celebrated Abbey of Reichenau on the Lake of ...

Berti, Giovanni Lorenzo

An Italian theologian, b. 28 May, 1696, at Sarravezza, Tuscany ; d. 26 March, 1766, at Pisa. His ...

Bertin, Saint

Abbot of St. Omer, b. near Constance about 615; d. about 709. At an early age he entered the ...

Bertinoro

Bertinoro, anciently called Forum Truentinorum, and, at the time of the Gothic war, Petra ...

Bertonio, Ludovico

An Italian missionary, born 1552 at Rocca Contrada near Ancona ; died at Lima, Peru, 3 ...

Bertrand, Louis, Saint

Born at Valencia, Spain, 1 Jan., 1526; died 9 Oct., 1581. His patents were Juan Bertrand and ...

Bertrand, Pierre

(1) A French Cardinal, theologian, and canonist, b. 1280 at Annonay in Vivarais; d. 1348 or 1349 ...

Bertulf, Saint

Abbot of Bobbio, date of birth unknown; d. 639 or 640. He was the son of a pagan nobleman in ...

Bervanger, Martin de

A French priest, founder of charitable institutions ; b. at Sarrelouis, 15 May, 1795; d. at ...

Besançon

Archdiocese coextensive with the departments of Doubs, Haute-Saône, and the district of ...

Besange, Jerome Lamy, O.S.B

Born at Linz, 1726; died 1781. For twenty-four years he taught Scripture at Salzburg. He ...

Beschefer, Theodore

Jesuit missionary in Canada, born at Châlons-sur-marne, 25 May, 1630; died at Reims, 4 ...

Beschi, Costanzo Giuseppe

Born at Castiglione in the Venetian Republic, 1680; died at Manapar c. 1746. He entered the ...

Beseleel

(Beçál'el, in the shadow of God). I. The son of Uri and grandson of Hur of the ...

Besoigne, Jérôme

A Jansenist writer, b. at Paris, 1686; d. 1763. Ordained in 1715, he received the doctorate of ...

Besoldus, Christopher

A German jurist and publicist, b. of Protestant parents in 1577 at Tübingen, ...

Bessarion, Johannes

(Or B ASILIUS ). Cardinal ; b. at Trebizond, 1389, or according to others, 1395, but most ...

Bessel, Johann Franz

(In religion Gottfried ) Benedictine, abbot, and historian, b. 5 September, 1672, at ...

Beste, Henry Digby

Miscellaneous author, b. at Lincoln, England, 21 October, 1768; d. at Brighton, 28 May, 1836. He ...

Bestiaries

Medieval books on animals, in which the real or fabulous characteristics of actually existent or ...

Betanzos, Fray Domingo

A Dominican missionary, d. at Valladolid, Sept., 1549. One of the most illustrious Dominicans ...

Betanzos, Fray Pedro de

A Franciscan missionary, b. at Betanzos in Galicia; d. at Chomez, Nicaragua, 1570. He was one ...

Betanzos, Juan de

Unfortunately very little is known as yet of this official, who has left such valuable works on ...

Bethany

( Bethania ). A village of Palestine, fifteen furlongs, or one mile and three-quarters, east ...

Bethany Beyond the Jordan

( Bethania peran tou Iordanou ). In the text of St. John's Gospel, i, 28, the author locates ...

Betharan

A city of the Amorrhites in the valley-plain east of the Jordan, about twelve miles from ...

Bethdagon

Name of two cities in Palestine. (1) A city ( Joshua 15:41 ) of the tribe of Juda "in the plains", ...

Bethel

( Hebrew word meaning "house of God "). An ancient Cansanitish town, twelve miles north of ...

Bethlehem

A titular see of Palestine. The early name of the city was Ephrata; afterwards Bethlehem, "House ...

Bethlehem

The old Hebrew name bêth lehem , meaning "house of bread", has survived till the present ...

Bethlehem

An architectural term used in the Ethiopic Church for the oven or bakehouse for baking the ...

Bethlehemites

MILITARY ORDERS There were two military orders dedicated to Our Lady of Bethlehem and known ...

Bethsaida

Bethsaida is: a city, or perhaps two cities, on the shore of the Lake of Genesareth, the ...

Bethsan

( Hebrew Beth Shean , or Beth Shan , "place of rest"). A city within Issachar, but assigned to ...

Bethulia

(Greek Betuloua ). The city whose deliverance by Judith, when besieged by Holofernes, forms ...

Betrothal

( Latin sponsalia ). The giving of one's troth — that is, one's true faith or promise. ...

Bettiah

Prefecture Apostolic in northern India, includes as part of its jurisdiction the entire native ...

Betting

A bet may be defined as the backing of an affirmation or forecast by offering to forfeit, in ...

Beugnot, Auguste-Arthur, Count

French historian and statesman, b. at Bar-sur-Aube, 25 March, 1797; d. at Paris, 15 March, 1865. ...

Beuno, Saint

Abbot of Clynnog, d. 660(?), was, according to the "Bucced Beuno", born in Powis-land and, after ...

Beverley Minster

A collegiate church at Beverley, capital of the East Riding of Yorkshire, served by a chapter ...

Beyerlinck, Lawrence

Belgian theologian and ecclesiastical writer, b. at Antwerp, April, 1578; d. at the same place, ...

Bezae, Codex

(CODEX CANTABRIGIENSIS), one of the five most important Greek New Testament manuscripts, and the ...

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Bianchi, Giovanni Antonio

Friar Minor andtheologian, b. at Lucca, 2 October, 1686; d. at Rome, 18 January, 1768. At the age ...

Bianchini, Francesco

A student of the natural sciences, and an historian, b. at Verona, Northern Italy, 13 December, ...

Bianchini, Giuseppe

(Giuseppe Blanchini). Italian Oratorian, Biblical, historical, and liturgical scholar, b. ...

Bianconi, Charles

Merchant and philanthropist, b. 26 September, 1785, in the duchy of Milan ; d. near Clonmel, ...

Biard, Pierre

Jesuit missionary, born at Grenoble, France, 1576; died at Avignon, 17 November, 1622. In 1608 ...

Bibbiena

(Bernardo Dovizi) An Italian Cardinal and comedy-writer, known best by the name of the town ...

Bibiana, Saint

The earliest mention in an authentic historical authority of St. Bibiana (Vibiana), a Roman ...

Bible Societies

Protestant Bible Societies, established for the purpose of publishing and propagating the Bible ...

Bible, Authenticity of the

The authenticity or authority of Holy Writ is twofold on account of its twofold authorship. ...

Bible, Coptic Versions of the

DIALECTS The Coptic language is now recognized in four principal dialects, Bohairic (formerly ...

Bible, Editions of the

In the present article we understand by editions of the Bible the printed reproductions of its ...

Bible, Inspiration of the

The subject will be treated in this article under the four heads: I. Belief in Inspired books; ...

Bible, Manuscripts of the

Manuscripts are written, as opposed to printed, copies of the original text or of a version ...

Bible, The

A collection of writings which the Church of God has solemnly recognized as inspired. The ...

Bible, Versions of the

Synopsis GREEK : Septuagint; Aquila; Theodotion; Symmachus; other versions. VERSIONS FROM THE ...

Bibles, Picture

In the Middle Ages the Church made use of pictures as a means of instruction, to supplement ...

Bibles, Rhymed

The rhymed versions of the Bible are almost entirely collections of the psalms. The oldest ...

Biblia Pauperum

(BIBLE OF THE POOR). A collection of pictures representing scenes from Our Lord's life with ...

Biblical Accommodation

We shall consider (1) what is meant by biblical accommodation; (2) its use in Sacred Scripture; ...

Biblical Antiquities

This department of archæology has been variously defined and classified. Some scholars have ...

Biblical Commission, The

A committee of cardinals at Rome who, with the assistance of consultors, have to secure the ...

Biblical Introduction

A technical name which is usually applied to two distinct, but intimately connected, things. ...

Bickell, Gustav

Orientalist, b. at Cassel, 7 July, 1838; d. at Vienna, 15 Jan., 1906. His father, Johann Wilhelm ...

Bickerdike, Robert, Venerable

Martyr, a Yorkshire layman, b. at Low Hall, near Knaresborough (date unknown), but residing at ...

Bicknor, Alexander

Archbishop of Dublin, date of birth unknown; d. 1349. As his surname suggests he came from a ...

Bidermann, James

A poet and theologian of great learning and sanctity, b. at Ebingen, Germany, in 1578; d. at ...

Biel, Gabriel

Called "the last of the Scholastics ", b. at Speyer, Germany, c. 1425; d. at Tübingen, ...

Biella

The city of Biella, the see of the diocese of that name, is an important industrial centre ...

Bielski, Marcin

(Or Wolski) A Polish chronicler, b. of noble parentage on the patrimonial estate of Biala ...

Bienville, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de

French Governor of Louisiana and founder of New Orleans, b. in Montreal, Canada, 24 February, ...

Bigamy (in Canon Law)

According to the strict meaning, the word should signify the marrying of a second after the death ...

Bigamy (in Civil Law)

( French bigamie , from Latin bis , twice, and Greek gamos , marriage) Bigamy, in civil ...

Bigne, Marguerin de la

(Binius, Bignaeus) French theologian and patrologist, b. about 1546 at ...

Billart, Saint Julie

( Also Julia). Foundress, and first superior-general of the Congregation of the Sisters of ...

Billick, Eberhard

( Also Steinberger, Latin Latomus, Lapicida ). German theologian, opponent of the ...

Billy, Jacques de

(Billi) A French patristic scholar, theologian, jurist, linguist, and a Benedictine abbot, ...

Bilocation

(Latin bis , twice, and locatio , place.) I. The question whether the same finite being ...

Bination

The offering up of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass twice on the same day by the same celebrant. ...

Biner, Joseph

Canonist, historian, and theologian, b. at Gluringen, Switzerland, 1697; d. at Torrenburg, ...

Binet, Etienne

Jesuit author, born at Dijon, France, 1569; died at Paris, 1639. He entered the Society of ...

Binet, Jacques-Philippe-Marie

French mathematician and astronomer, b. at Rennes, in Brittany, 2 February, 1786; d. in Paris, ...

Binius, Severin

Historian and critic, b. in 1573 in the village of Randerath, Western Germany ; d. 14 February, ...

Binterim, Anton Joseph

Born at Düsseldorf, 19 September, 1779; died at Bilk, 17 May, 1855, a theologian of repute ...

Biogenesis and Abiogenesis

According to their Greek derivation these two terms refer to the origin of life. Biogenesis is ...

Biology

(From bios , life and logos , reason, account, reasoning) Biology may be defined as the ...

Biondo, Flavio

A distinguished Italian arch æologist and historian, b. at Forli in 1388; d. at Rome in ...

Biot, Jean-Baptiste

A physicist and mathematician, born at Paris, France, 21 April, 1774; died. there, 3 ...

Birds (in Symbolism)

Many kinds of birds are used in Christian symbolism. The first to be so employed was the Dove ...

Biretta

A square cap with three ridges or peaks on its upper surface, worn by clerics of all grades from ...

Birinus, Saint

Confessor, first Bishop of Dorchester (in what is now the County of Oxford, not Dorchester, ...

Birkowski, Fabian

Polish preacher, b. at Lemberg, 1566; d. at Cracow, 1636. He completed his studies at the ...

Birmingham

(BIRMINGHAMIA, BIRMINGHAMIENSIS) One of the thirteen dioceses erected by the Apostolic ...

Birnbaum, Heinrich

(Also known as DE PIRO, the latinized form of this German name) A pious and learned ...

Birth, The Defect of

(ILLEGITIMACY) A canonical impediment to ordination. When used in this connection, the word ...

Birtha

A titular see of Osrhaene, probably identical with Birejik (Zegma) on the left bank of the ...

Bisarchio, Diocese of

Situated in Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, district of Nuoro, and suffragan to the ...

Biscop, Saint Benedict

An English monastic founder, born of a noble Anglo-Saxon family, c. 628; died 12 January 690. ...

Bishop

(Anglo-Saxon Biscop, Busceop , German Bischof ; from the Greek episkopos , an overseer, ...

Bishop's Crook

(Or PASTORAL STAFF). The crosier is an ecclesiastical ornament which is conferred on bishops ...

Bishop, Auxiliary

A bishop deputed to a diocesan who, capable of governing and administering his diocese, is ...

Bishop, William

The first superior in England in episcopal orders since the old hierarchy died out in the ...

Bismarck, Diocese of

(BISMARCKIENSIS). In North Dakota, this diocese was erected on 31 December, 1909, and is ...

Bisomus

A tomb large enough to contain two bodies. The ordinary tombs ( loci ) in the galleries of ...

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Black Fast, The

This form of fasting, the most rigorous in the history of church legislation, was marked by ...

Blackburne, Robert

An English Catholic who suffered imprisonment in the closing years of the seventeenth, and ...

Blackfoot Indians

An important tribe of the Northern Plains, constituting the westernmost extension of the great ...

Blackwood, Adam

Author, b. at Dunfermline, Scotland, 1539; d. 1613. He was a great-nephew of Robert Reid, Bishop ...

Blaise, Saint

Bishop and martyr. The ninth-century martyrologies of Europe in their lists, which are ...

Blanc, Anthony

Fifth Bishop, and first Archbishop, of New Orleans, La., U.S.A. b. at Sury, near Lyons, ...

Blanchard, Jean-Baptiste

(Duchesne). A French Jesuit and educator, born 12 October, 1731, at Tourteron in the ...

Blanchet, Augustin Magloire

Brother of François Norbert Blanchet , first Bishop of Walla Walla-Nesqually, State of ...

Blanchet, Franç Norbert

Missionary and first Archbishop of Oregon City, U.S.A. son of Pierre Blanchet, a Canadian ...

Blandina, Saint

Virgin and martyr. She belongs to the band of martyrs of Lyons who, after some of their ...

Blane, Saint

( Or BLAAN). Bishop and Confessor in Scotland, b. on the island of Bute, date unknown; d. ...

Blasphemy

Blasphemy (Greek blaptein , "to injure", and pheme , "reputation") signifies etymologically ...

Blastares, Matthew

A monk of the Order of St. Basil, living in the fourteenth century, who applied himself to the ...

Blathmac, Saint

A distinguished Irish monk, b. in Ireland about 750. He suffered martyrdom in Iona, about ...

Blemmida, Nicephorus

(B LEMMYDES ) A learned monk and writer of the Green Church, b. about 1198, at ...

Blenkinsop

Peter Blenkinsop Catholic publisher, b. in Ireland ; married a sister of Archbishop Oliver Kelly ...

Blessed Sacrament, Congregation of the

An enclosed congregation and a reform of the Dominican Order devoted to the perpetual adoration ...

Blessed Sacrament, Exposition of the

Exposition is a manner of honouring the Holy Eucharist, by exposing It, with proper solemnity, to ...

Blessed Sacrament, Reservation of the

The practice of preserving after the celebration of the Liturgy a portion of the consecrated ...

Blessed Sacrament, Sisters of the

One of the most recent congregations of religious women in the Catholic Church and one of ...

Blessed Sacrament, The

Since Christ is present under the appearances of bread and wine in a sacramental way, the ...

Blessed Sacrament, Visits to the

By this devotional practice, which is of comparatively modern development, the presence of ...

Blessed Virgin Mary, The

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God. In general, the ...

Blessed, The

There are at present two ways in which the Church allows public worship to be paid those who ...

Blessing

In its widest acceptation this word has a variety of meanings in the sacred writings: It has ...

Blessing, Apostolic

The solemn blessing ( urbi et orbi ) which, before 1870, the Holy Father himself gave from the ...

Blind, Education of the

Although the education of the blind as a class dates back no further than the year 1784, ...

Blois

DIOCESE OF BLOIS (BLESENSIS). Coextensive with the civil department of Loir-et-Cher and a ...

Blomevenna, Peter

(PETER A LEYDIS) Carthusian, b. at Leyden, in Holland in 1466; d. 30 September, 1536. Owing to ...

Blood Indians

A group of North American aborigines forming part of the Blackfeet Tribe, which, with the ...

Blosius, François-Louis

(Also called de Blois ). A Benedictine abbot and spiritual writer, born at Donstienne, ...

Bluetooth, Harold

(B LAATAND ) Born 911; died 1 November, 985 or 986. He was the son of King Gorm the Old of ...

Blyssen, Heinrich

Born at Cologne or Bonn, Germany in 1526; died at Graz, 24 April, 1586. He entered the Society ...

Blyth, Francis

English Carmelite, reviser of the Douay Bible, born c. 1705; d. in London, 11 December 1772. ...

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Bobadilla, Nicolaus

Born at Valencia, Spain, 1511; died at Loretto, Italy, 23 September, 1590. After having taught ...

Bobbio, Abbey and Diocese of

The diocese ( Ebovium , or Bobium ; Dioecesis Eboviensis , or Bobiensis ), which is ...

Bobola, Saint Andrew

Martyr, born of an old and illustrious Polish family, in the Palatinate of Sandomir, 1590; ...

Boccaccino

Boccaccio Boccaccino An eminent Italian painter, b. at Cremona, 1460, and d. probably in 1525 ...

Boccaccio, Giovanni

Italian novelist, b. in Paris, 1313; d. in Certaldo, 21 December, 1375. His father, a merchant ...

Bocking, Edward

(or B OKKYNG ). English Benedictine, b. of East Anglian parentage, end of fifteenth century; ...

Bodey, Ven. John

Martyr, b. at Wells, Somerset: 1549; d. at Andover, Wilts., 2 November, 1583. He studied at ...

Bodin, Jean

Born at Angers, 1520, probably of Jewish origin: died at Laon, 1596. He studied and taught ...

Bodone

A titular see of Albania. The name is a dialectic form of Dodone, in Epirus, near Janina at the ...

Boece, Hector

(Also BOYCE and BOETHIUS) Chronicler and one of the founders of the University of Aberdeen, b. ...

Boeri, Petrus

(BOHIER) A french benedictine canonist and bishop, b. during the first quarter of the ...

Boethius, Anicius Manlius Severinus

Roman statesman and philosopher, often styled "the last of the Romans", regarded by tradition as ...

Bogotá

ARCHDIOCESE OF SANTA FÉ DE BOGOTÁ (BOGOTENSIS) The city of Bogotá, capital ...

Bohemia

(Germ. Böhmen , or formerly Böheim ; Latin Bohemia or Bojohemum ), a cisleithan ...

Bohemian Brethren

(MORAVIAN BRETHREN, or UNITAS FRATRUM). DEFINITION AND DOCTRINAL POSITION "Bohemian Brethren" ...

Bohemians of the United States

A traveler who has seen the natural beauties of Bohemia, its vast resources, and the thrift of ...

Boiano

Diocese in the province of Benevento, Italy, suffragan to the Archbishopric of Benevento. The ...

Boiardo, Matteo Maria

An Italian poet, b. about 1434, at, or near, Scandiano (Reggio-Emilia); d. at Reggio, 20 ...

Boileau-Despréaux, Nicholas

French poet, b. at Paris, 1 November, 1636; d. there, 13 March, 1711. He was educated at the ...

Bois-le-Duc

The Diocese of Bois-le-Duc ( Buscoducensis ) lies within the Dutch province of Brabant, and ...

Boise

Diocese of Boise ( Xylopolitana ) Created by Leo XIII, 25 August, 1893, embraces the ...

Boisgelin, Jean de Dieu-Raymond de Cucé de

French prelate and cardinal, b. of an ancient family at Rennes in Brittany, 27 February, ...

Boisil, Saint

Superior of Melrose Abbey , d. 664. Almost all that is known of St. Boisil is learnt from Bede ...

Bokenham, Osbern

(Bokenam) English Augustinian friar and poet, b. 1393 (the year in which the most famous of ...

Bolanden, Conrad von

(Joseph Bischoff) A German novelist, son of a rich merchant, b. 9 August, 1828, at ...

Bolgeni, Giovanni Vincenzo

Theologian and controversialist, b. at Bergamo, Italy, 22 January, 1733; d. at Rome, 3 May, ...

Bolivia

A South American republic which lies between longitudes west of Greenwich 57 deg. 30' and 74 deg., ...

Bollandists, The

An association of ecclesiastical scholars engaged in editing the Acta Sanctorum. This work is a ...

Bollig, Johann

Distinguished Orientalist, born near Düren in Rhenish Prussia 23 August, 1821; died at ...

Bologna

ARCHDIOCESE OF BOLOGNA HISTORY Bologna is the principal city in the province of the same name, ...

Bologna, Giovanni da

Flemish Renaissance sculptor, b. at Douai, in Flanders, about 1524; d. at Florence in 1608. ...

Bologna, University of

A tradition of the thirteenth century attributed the foundation of this university to Theodosius ...

Bolsec, Jérôme-Hermès

A theologian and physician, b. probably at Paris, date unknown; d. at Lyons c. 1584. He ...

Bolton, Edmund

Historian, antiquary, and poet, born c. 1575; died c. 1633. The genuine loyalty in the Catholic ...

Bolzano, Bernhard

Austrian mathematician and philosopher, b. at Prague, 5 October, 1781; d. 18 December, 1848. As ...

Bombay

(BOMBAYENSIS) The Archdiocese of Bombay comprises the Island of Bombay with several outlying ...

Bommel, Cornelius Richard Anton van

Bishop of Liège, born at Leyden, in Holland on 5 April, 1790; died 7 April 1852. He was ...

Bon Secours, Institutes of

I. INSTITUTE OF BON SECOURS (DE PARIS) The first of the congregations of nursing sisters, gardes ...

Bona Mors Confraternity, The

(Bona Mors = "Happy Death"). The Bona Mors Confraternity was founded 2 October, 1648, in the ...

Bona, Giovanni

A distinguished cardinal and author, b. of an old French family at Mondovì, in ...

Bonagratia of Bergamo

(Or PERGAMO) Friar Minor , theologian, and canonist, date of birth unknown; d. at Munich, ...

Bonal, François de

Bishop of Clermont, b. 1734 at the castle of Bonal, near Agen ; d. at Munich, 1800. He had ...

Bonal, Raymond

French theologian and founder of the Congregation of the Priests of St. Mary (Bonalists), b. ...

Bonald, Louis-Gabriel-Ambroise, Vicompte de

French statesman, writer, and philosopher, b. at Monna, near Millau, in Rouergue (Aveyron) 2 ...

Bonald, Louis-Jacques-Maurice de

Cardinal, b. at Millau, in Rouergue (now Aveyron), 30 October, 1787, d. at Lyons, 25 Feb., 1870. ...

Bonaparte, Charles-Lucien-Jules-Laurent

Prince of Canino and Musignano, ornithologist, b. in Paris, 24 May, 1803; d. in the same city 29 ...

Bonaventure, College of Saint

At Quaracchi, near Florence, Italy, famous as the centre of literary activity in the Order of ...

Bonaventure, Saint

Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, Minister General of the Friars Minor, born at ...

Boncompagni, Balthasar

Italian mathematician, b. at Rome, 10 May, 1821; d. 13 April, 1894. He was a member of the ...

Bonet, Juan Pablo

A Spanish priest and one of the first to give attention to the education of the deaf and dumb ...

Bonet, Nicholas

Friar Minor, theologian, and missionary,date of birth uncertain; d. 1360. Probably a Frenchman by ...

Bonfrère, Jacques

Biblical scholar, born at Dinant, Belgium, 12 April, 1573; died at Tournai, 9 May, 1642. He ...

Boni Homines

(Or BONSHOMMES). This name was popularly given to at least three religious orders in the ...

Boniface Association

(B ONIFATIUSVEREIN ). The Boniface Association, one of the most successful Catholic ...

Boniface I, Pope Saint

Elected 28 December, 418; d. at Rome, 4 September, 422. Little is known of his life antecedent to ...

Boniface II, Pope

Elected 17 September, 530; died October, 532. In calling him the son of Sigisbald, the "Liber ...

Boniface III, Pope

Pope Boniface III, of Roman extraction and the son of John Cataadioce, was elected to succeed ...

Boniface IV, Pope Saint

Son of John, a physician, a Marsian from the province and town of Valeria; he succeeded Boniface ...

Boniface IX, Pope

Elected at Rome, 2 November, 1389, as successor of the Roman Pope, Urban VI ; d. there, 1 ...

Boniface of Savoy

Forty-sixth Archbishop of Canterbury and son of Thomas, Count of Savoy, date of birth ...

Boniface V, Pope

A Neapolitan who succeeded Deusdedit after a vacancy of more than a year; consecrated 23 ...

Boniface VI, Pope

A Roman, elected in 896 by the Roman faction in a popular tumult, to succeed Formosus. He ...

Boniface VII, Antipope

(Previously B ONIFACE F RANCO ) A Roman and son of Ferrucius; was intruded into the ...

Boniface VIII, Pope

(B ENEDETTO G AETANO ) Born at Anagni about 1235; died at Rome, 11 October, 1303. He ...

Boniface, Saint

(WINFRID, WYNFRITH). Apostle of Germany, date of birth unknown; martyred 5 June, 755 (754); ...

Bonizo of Sutri

(Or BONITHO). Bishop of Sutri in Central Italy, in the eleventh century, an adherent of ...

Bonn, University of

(RHEINSCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITÄT). An academy was founded at Bonn in 1777 by Max ...

Bonnard, Ven. Jean Louis

A French missionary and martyr, b. 1 March, 1824 at Saint-Christôt-en-Jarret ( Diocese of ...

Bonne-Espérance, The Abbey of

Situated near Binche, province of Hainault, Diocese of Tournai, Belgium. It owes its foundation ...

Bonnechose, Henri-Marie-Gaston Boisnormand de

Cardinal and senator, b. at Paris, 1800; d. 1883. Entering the magistracy, he became ...

Bonner, Edmund

Bishop of London, b. about 1500; d. 1569. He was the son of Edmund Bonner, a sawyer of Potter's ...

Bonnetty, Augustin

A French writer, b. at Entrevaux (dept. of Basses-Alpes) 9 May, 1798, d. at Paris, 26 March, ...

Bonosus

Bishop of Sardica, a heretic in the latter part of the fourth century. Against the common ...

Bonvicino, Alessandro

(Called Il Moretto, or Moretto da Brescia). One of the finest North Italian painters of the ...

Book of Common Prayer

I. HISTORY On 21 January, 1549, the first Act of Uniformity was passed imposing upon the whole ...

Book of Kells

An Irish manuscript containing the Four Gospels, a fragment of Hebrew names, and the Eusebian ...

Book of Martyrs, Foxe's

John Foxe was born at Boston in Lincolnshire, England, in 1516, and was educated at Magdalen ...

Books, Index of Prohibited

The Index of Prohibited Books, or simply "Index", is used in a restricted sense to signify the ...

Boré, Eugène

Orientalist, b. at Angers, 15 Aug., 1809; d. at Paris, 3 May, 1878. From the college of Angers ...

Bordeaux

(BURDIGALA). Archdiocese ; comprises the entire department of the Gironde and was established ...

Bordeaux, University of

The University of Bordeaux was founded during the English domination, under King Henry VI , in ...

Bordone, Cavaliere Paris

An eminent painter of the Venetian school, b. at Treviso, 1500 d. at Venice, 1570. A member of ...

Borgess, Caspar Henry

Third Bishop of Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. b. at Kloppenburg, Hanover, Germany, 1 August, ...

Borgia, Stefano

Cardinal, born at Velletri, 3 December, 1731; died at Lyons, 1804; Italian theologian, ...

Borgo San-Donnino

Diocese in the province of Parma, Italy. The city takes its name from St. Domninus, who fled to ...

Borgo San-Sepolcro

Diocese situated in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. The city is believed by some to ...

Borgognone, Ambrogio

(Real name AMBROGIO STEFANI DA FOSSANO). A distinguished Italian painter and architect, b. ...

Borie, Pierre-Rose-Ursule-Dumoulin

Bishop-elect of Acanthus, Vicar Apostolic of Western Tongking and Martyr ; b. 20 February, ...

Borneo

I. DUTCH BORNEO The former Vicariate of Bavaria was composed of Sumatra, Java, and the other ...

Borras, Francisco Nicolás

A distinguished Spanish painter, born at Cocentaina, 1530; died at Gandia, 1610. Going to ...

Borromeo, Andrea

An Italian missionary, born on the first half of the seventeenth century, at or near Milan ; ...

Borromeo, Federico

Cardinal and Archbishop of Milan, cousin and successor of St. Charles Borromeo, born at Milan ...

Borromeo, Saint Charles

St. Charles Borromeo -- Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal-Priest of the Title of St. Prassede, ...

Borromeo, Society of Saint Charles

(Borro-Mäusverein). A German Catholic association for the encouragement and diffusion ...

Borromini, Francesco

Architect and sculptor ; born 25 September, 1599, at Bissone; died ( by his own hand ) 1 ...

Borrus, Christopher

(Borri, Burrus) Missionary, mathematician, and astronomer, born at Milan in 1583; died at ...

Bosa, Diocese of

In the province of Cagliari, The city numbers about 35,000 inhabitants. St. Gregory the Great, ...

Bosch, Peter van der

Bollandist, born at Brussels, 19 October, 1686; died 14 November, 1736. After studying the ...

Bosco, Saint Giovanni (John)

( Or St. John Bosco; Don Bosco.) Founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in ...

Boscovich, Ruggiero Giuseppe

A Dalmatian Jesuit and well-known mathematician, astronomer, and natural philosopher, b. at ...

Bosio, Antonio

Known as "The Columbus of the Catacombs ", b. in the island of Malta about the year 1576; d. ...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina form the north-western corner of the Balkan Peninsula. Taking the two ...

Boso

First Bishop of Merseburg, in the present Prussian Province of Saxony, and Apostle of the ...

Boso (Breakspear)

Third English Cardinal, date of birth uncertain, d. at Rome, about 1181. He was a Benedictine ...

Bossu, Jacques le

French theologian and Doctor of the Sorbonne, born at Paris 1546; died at Rome 1626. He ...

Bossuet, Jacques-Bénigne

A celebrated French bishop and pulpit orator, born at Dijon, 27 September, 1627, died at ...

Boste, Saint John

(Or JOHN BOAST.) Priest and martyr, b. of good Catholic family at Dufton, in Westmoreland, ...

Boston

Archdiocese ; comprises Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties in the State ...

Bostra

Titular see of Syria. Bostra, "The fortress", is neither Bosor of Reuben and Moab ( ...

Bothrys

A titular see situated in Phoenicia. Bothrys is the Greek name of a city founded by Ithobaal, ...

Botticelli, Sandro

A famous Florentine painter. Born at Florence about 1447; died in the same city, 1510. ...

Botulph, Saint

(Or BOTOLPH.) Abbot, date of birth unknown; died c. 680. St. Botulph, the saint whose name ...

Boturini Benaducci, Lorenzo

A native of Milan in Lombardy who went to Mexico in 1736 by permission of the Spanish ...

Boucher, Pierre

Born at Lagny, a village near Mortagne in the Perche, France, 1622, died at Boucherville, 1717. ...

Bougaud, Louis-Victor-Emile

Bishop of Laval in France, b. at Dijon, 28 February 1823, d. at Laval 7 November, 1888. He ...

Bougeant, Guillaume-Hyacinthe

Born at Quimper in Brittany, in 1690; died at Paris, 1743. He entered the Society of Jesus ...

Bouhours, Dominique

French Jesuit author, born at Paris, 15 May, 1632; died 27 May, 1702. Entering the Society of ...

Bouillart, Jacques

A Benedictine monk of the Congregation of St.-Maur, b. in the Diocese of Chartres, 1669; ...

Bouillon, Cardinal de

(Emmanuel Thédore de la Tour d'Auvergne) French prelate and diplomat, b. 24 August, 1643, ...

Bouix, Marie Dominique

One of the best known and most distinguished of modern French canonists, b. 15 May, 1808, at ...

Boulainvilliers, Henri, Count of

Born at Saint-Saire (Seine-Inférieure) France, 11 October, 1658; died at Paris, 23 ...

Boulanger, André de

(PETIT-PÈRE ANDRÉ). A French monk and preacher, b. at Paris in 1578; d. 27 ...

Boulay, César-Egasse du

(BULÆUS). A French historian, b. in the beginning of the seventeenth century at ...

Boulogne, Etienne-Antoine

French bishop, b. at Avignon, 26 December 1747; d. at Troyes, 13 March, 1825. He was the son of ...

Bouquet, Martin

A learned Benedictine of the Congregation of St.-Maur, b. at Amiens, France, 6 August, 1685; ...

Bouquillon, Thomas

Born at Warneton, Belgium, 16 May, 1840; died at Brussels, 5 November, 1902; a Belgian ...

Bourassé, Jean-Jacques

Archæologist and historian, b. at Ste.-Maure (Indre-et-Loire), France, 22 December, 1813; ...

Bourchier, Thomas

Born 1406; died 1486, Cardinal, was the third son of William Bourchier, Earl of Eu, and of Lady ...

Bourdaloue, Louis

Born at Bourges, 20 August, 1632; died at Paris, 13 May, 1704. He is often described as the ...

Bourdeilles, Hélie de

Archbishop of Tours and Cardinal, b., probably, towards 1423, at the castle of Bourdeilles ...

Bourdon, Jean

Born at Rouen, France, 1612; died at Quebec, 1668. In 1634 he went to Canada and became the ...

Bourgade, François

A French missionary and philosopher, b. 7 July, 1806, at Gaujan, department of Gers; d. 21 May, ...

Bourges

ARCHDIOCESE OF BOURGES (BITURICÆ). Coextensive with the departments of Cher and Indre. ...

Bourget, Ignace

First Bishop of Montreal, P.Q., Canada, and titular Archbishop of Martianopolis, b. at Point ...

Bourgoing, François

Third Superior general of the Congregation of the Oratory in France and one of the early ...

Bourke, Ulick Joseph

Irish scholar and writer, b. 29 Dec., 1829, at Castlebar, Co. Mayo ; d. there, 22 Nov., 1887; ...

Bourne, Gilbert

Last Catholic Bishop of Bath and Wells , England, son of Philip Bourne of Worcestershire, ...

Bouvens, Charles de

French pulpit orator, b. at Bourg in 1750; d. in 1830. At an early age he embraced the ...

Bouvet, Joachim

Jesuit missionary, born at Le Mans, France (date unknown), died at Peking, China, 28 June, 1732. ...

Bouvier, Jean-Baptiste

Bishop of Le Mans, theologian, b. At St. Charles-la-Forêt, Mayenne, 16 January, 1783; d. ...

Bouvier, Jeanne-Marie, de La Motte-Guyon

A celebrated French mystic of the seventeenth century; born at Montargis, in the Orléanais, ...

Bova

DIOCESE OF BOVA. Situated in the civil province of Reggio, in Calabria, Italy, suffragan to ...

Bovino

Diocese in the province of Foggia, Italy, suffragan to the Archdiocese of Benevento. The city, ...

Bowyer, Sir George

Baronet, an eminent English writer on jurisprudence, as well as a prominent defender of the Holy ...

Boy-Bishop

The custom of electing a boy-bishop on the feast of St. Nicholas dates from very early ...

Boyce, John

Novelist, lecturer, and priest, well known under the assumed name of "Paul Peppergrass", born in ...

Boycotting

The name of boycotting was first aplied to a practice which had its origin in Ireland during the ...

Boyle Abbey

A celebrated Cistercian house situated on the River Boyle, nine miles northwest of Elphin, in ...

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Brébeuf, Jean de

Jesuit missionary, born at Condé-sur-Vire in Normandy, 25 March, 1593; died in Canada, ...

Bréhal, Jean

A French Dominican theologian of the convent of Evreux ; died c. 1479. He was made Doctor of ...

Brück, Heinrich

Ecclesiastical historian and bishop, born at Bingen, 25 October, 1831; died 4 November, 1903. He ...

Brünn

Suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Olmutz, embracing the south-western part of Moravia, an ...

Bracken, Thomas

Poet, journalist, politician, b. in Ireland 21 December, 1843; d. at Dunedin, New Zealand , 16 ...

Bracton, Henry de

Also called HENRY OF BRACTON. A famous English juridical writer, the Blackstone of the ...

Bradley, Denis Mary

First Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire , U.S.A. b. 25 February, 1846, at Castle-island, ...

Bradshaigh, Edward

An English Carmelite friar known in religion as Elias à Jesu; b. in Lancashire, ...

Bradshaw, Henry

English Benedictine and poet, b. in the City of Chester, England, date unknown; d. 1513. From ...

Brady, William Maziere

Ecclesiastical writer, b. in Dublin, 8 January, 1825; d. in Rome, 19 March, 1894. He was nephew ...

Braga, Archdiocese of

(Bracara Augusta, Civitas Bracarensis). Braga is situated in a flat fertile tract of land ...

Braga, Councils of

Many councils were held in Braga, some of them important. The authenticity of the so-called ...

Bragança-Miranda, Diocese of

(Brigantiensis.) This diocese is situated in the northeastern part of the Kingdom of ...

Brahminism

By Brahminism is meant the complex religion and social system which grew out of the ...

Braille, Louis

French educator and inventor, born 4 January 1809, at Coupvray, Seine-et-Marne, France ; died 6 ...

Bralion, Nicolas de

French Oratorian and ecclesiastical writer, born at Chars-en-Vexin, France, c. 1600; died at ...

Bramante, Donato

(Also called D 'A GNOLO after his father Angelo) Italian architect and painter, b. about ...

Brancaccio

An ancient and illustrious Neapolitan family, from which the "Brancas" of France were descended. ...

Brancati di Lauria, Francesco Lorenzo

Cardinal, Minor conventual, and theologian, b. at Lauria in the then Kingdom of Naples, 10 ...

Brancati, Francesco

Born in Sicily in 1607; he entered the Society of Jesus in 1624 and went to the Chinese ...

Branch Sunday

One of the medieval English names for Palm Sunday. The difficulty of procuring palms for that ...

Brandenburg

Formerly an electoral principality (the Mark of Brandenburg), and a diocese in the heart of the ...

Branly, Edouard

French physicist and inventor of the coherer employed in wireless telegraphy, born at Amiens, 23 ...

Brantôme, Seigneur de Bourdeille, Pierre de

One of the most famous of French writers of memoirs, b. in 1539, or a little later; d. 15 July, ...

Brant, Sebastian

A German humanist and poet, born at Stasburg in 1457 or 1458; died at the same place, 1521. He ...

Brasses, Memorial

Just when memorial brasses first came into use is not known; the earliest existing dated ...

Brasseur de Bourbourg, Charles Etienne, Abbé

Born at Bourbourg (Département du Nord), France, 1814; died at Nice in January, 1874. He ...

Brassicanus, Johann Alexander

A German humanist, born probably at Cannstatt, 1500; died at Vienna, 25 November, 1539. He was ...

Brassicanus, Johann Ludwig

Younger brother of Johann Alexander (b. at Tübingen, 1509; d. at Vienna, 3 June, 1549) went ...

Braulio, Saint

Bishop of Saragossa, date of birth unknown, d. at Saragossa c. 651. In 631 he succeeded his ...

Braun, Placidus

A Bavarian historian, b. at Peiting near Schongau in Upper Bavaria, 11 February, 1756; d. at ...

Braunschweig

A duchy situated in the mountainous central part of Northern Germany, comprising the region of the ...

Bravo, Francisco

As far as known, author of the first book on medicine printed in America. His "Opera Medicinalia ...

Brazil

(T HE U NITED S TATES OF B RAZIL ) A vast republic of central South America covering an ...

Bread, Liturgical Use of

In the Christian liturgy bread is used principally as one of the elements of the Eucharistic ...

Breadboxes, Altar

These are made of wood, tin, britannia, silver, or other metal. In order that the breads may not ...

Breads, Altar

Bread is one of the two elements absolutely necessary for the sacrifice of the Eucharist. It ...

Breast, Striking of the

Striking of the breast as a liturgical act is prescribed in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ...

Breda

(BREDANA) Diocese situated in the Dutch province of Brabant and suffragan of Utrecht. The ...

Brehon Laws, The

Brehon law is the usual term for Irish native law, as administered in Ireland down to almost ...

Bremen

Formerly the seat of an archdiocese situated in the north-western part of the present German ...

Brenach, Saint

An Irish missionary in Wales, a contemporary of St. Patrick, and among the earliest of the ...

Brenan, Michael John

An ecclesiastical historian, born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1780; died at Dublin, February, ...

Brendan, Saint

St. Brendan of Ardfert and Clonfert, known also as Brendan the Voyager, was born in Ciarraighe ...

Brentano, Klemens Maria

A German poet, one of the most prominent members of the Romantic School. He was born at ...

Brescia

The Diocese of Brescia takes its name from the principal city in the province of the same name in ...

Breslau

Prince-Bishopric seated at Breslau, on the River Oder in the Prussian Province of Silesia. ...

Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe

An Indian missionary, born in Rome, 6 May, 1612; died at Florence, 9 September, 1672. He entered ...

Brest, Union of

Brest -- in Russian, Brest-Litovski; in Polish, Brzesc; in the old chronicles, called Brestii, or ...

Brethren of the Lord, The

A group of persons closely connected with the Saviour appears repeatedly in the New ...

Breton, Raymond

A noted French missionary among the Caribbean Indians, b. at Baune, 3 September, 1609; d. at Caen, ...

Bretton, Venerable John

(Or Bretton). A layman and martyr, of all ancient family of Bretton near Barnsley in ...

Breviary

This subject may be divided, for convenience of treatment, as follows: I. DEFINITION; II. ...

Breviary, Aberdeen

This breviary may be described as the Sarum Office in a Scottish form. The use of the ancient ...

Breviary, Reform of the Roman

By the Apostolic Constitution "Divino Afflatu" of Pius X (1 November, 1911), a change was made ...

Brewer, Heinrich

A German historian, born at Puffendorf in Germany, 6 September, 1640; died at the same place ...

Briçonnet

(1) Guillaume Briçonnet A French cardinal, b. at Tours, date of birth unknown; d. at ...

Briand, Joseph Olivier

Seventh Bishop of Quebec, b. in 1715 at Plérin, Brittany; d. 25 June, 1794. He studied ...

Briant, Saint Alexander

English Jesuit and martyr, born in Somersetshire of a yeoman family about 1556; executed at ...

Bribery

The payment or the promise of money or other lucrative consideration to induce another, while ...

Bridaine, Jacques

Preacher, b. at Chusclan, France, 21 March, 1701; d. at Roquemaure, 22 December, 1767. Having ...

Bridge-Building Brotherhood, The

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, we hear of the existence of various religious ...

Bridget of Sweden, Saint

(Also Birgitta). The most celebrated saint of the Northern kingdoms, born about 1303; died 23 ...

Bridgett, Thomas Edward

Priest and author, b. at Derby, England, 20 January, 1829, of Protestant parents ; d. at St. ...

Bridgewater Treatises

These publications derive their origin and their title from the Rev. Francis Henry Egerton, eighth ...

Bridgewater, John

Known also as AQUAPONTANUS, historian of the Catholic Confessors under Queen Elizabeth, b. in ...

Briefs and Bulls

A bulla was originally a circular plate or boss of metal, so called from its resemblance in ...

Brieuc, Saint

(Briocus, Brioc, or Bru). A Celtic saint of Brittany who received his education in Ireland ...

Brigid of Ireland, Saint

(Incorrectly known as BRIDGET). Born in 451 or 452 of princely ancestors at Faughart, near ...

Brigidines, Institute of the

(SISTERS OF ST. BRIGID.) The Institute of the Brigidines was established by Most Rev. Dr. ...

Brigittines

The Brigittine Order (also, ORDER OF ST. SAVIOUR) was founded in 1346 by St. Brigit, or Bridget, ...

Brignon, John

Born at St. Malo in 1629; died at Paris, 12 June, 1712. He was a member of the Society of Jesus ...

Bril, Paulus

A brilliant Flemish painter and engraver, born at Antwerp, 1556; died in Rome, 7 October, 1626. ...

Brillmacher, Peter Michael

Born at Cologne in 1542, died at Mainz, 25 August, 1595. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1558, ...

Brindholm, Ven. Edmund

(Or B RYNDEHOLME .) Martyr and parish priest of Our Lady's Church at Calais, accused of ...

Brindisi

Brindisi—called by the Romans Brundusium or Brundisium , by the Greeks Brentesion ...

Brinkley, Stephen

Confessor of the Faith, imprisoned and tortured as manager of a secret press for the ...

Brisacier, Jacques-Charles de

Orator and ecclesiastical writer, b. at Bourges in 1641, d. at Paris, 23 March, 1736. At the ...

Brisacier, Jean de

Controversialist, b. at Blois, France, 9 June, 1592; entered the Society of Jesus in 1619, d. at ...

Brisbane

Comprises that part of the State of Queensland, Australia, which lies south of the 24th parallel ...

Brischar, Johann Nepomucene

Church historian, born at Horb in Würtemberg in 1819, studied theology at the University ...

Bristol, Ancient Diocese of

(BRISTOLIA, BRISTOLIENSIS). This English diocese, which takes its very origin from measures ...

Bristow, Richard

Born at Worcester, 1538, died at Harrow-on-the-Hill, 1581. He went to the University of Oxford ...

British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of the Dominion of Canada. Territorially, it is also ...

Britius, Francis

An orientalist, and a monk of Rennes in Brittany; date of birth and death unknown. He entered ...

Brittain, Thomas Lewis

Born near Chester, England, 1744; died at Hartpury Court, 1827. His parents were Protestants, ...

Britto, Blessed John de

Martyr ; born in Lisbon, 1 March, 1647, and was brought up in court; martyred in India 11 ...

Britton, Venerable John

(Or Bretton). A layman and martyr, of all ancient family of Bretton near Barnsley in ...

Brixen

A Prince-Bishopric of Austria, suffragan of Salzburg, embracing the greater part of Northern ...

Brogan, Saint

Flourished in the sixth or seventh century. Several persons in repute for holiness seem to have ...

Broglie, Auguste-Théodore-Paul de

Abbé, professor of apologetics at the Institut Catholique at Paris, and writer on ...

Broglie, Jacques-Victor-Albert, Duc de

French statesman and historian, b. at Paris, 13 June, 1821; d. there 19 January, 1901. After a ...

Broglie, Maurice-Jean de

Born in Paris, 5 September, 1766; d. there, 20 June, 1821. He was the son of the Field-Marshal, ...

Brogny, Jean-Allarmet de

(Or JEAN-ALOUZIER). A French Cardinal, b. in 1342 at Brogny, in Savoy ; d. at Rome, 1426. ...

Bromyard, John

Theologian, d. about 1390. He takes his name from his birthplace in Herefordshire, England. He ...

Brondel, John Baptist

First Bishop of Helena, Montana, U.S.A. b. at Bruges, Belgium, 23 February, 1842; d. at ...

Brookby, Anthony

( Or Brorbey). Friar Minor and English martyr, died 19 July 1537. Brookby was lecturer in ...

Brookes, James

Last Catholic Bishop of Gloucester, England, b. May, 1512, in Hampshire, d. 1560. Proceeding to ...

Brooklyn

Comprises the counties of Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk, or all of Long Island, in the State ...

Brosse, Jean-Baptiste de la

A Jesuit missionary, born 1724 at Magnac, Angoumois, France ; died 1782. He studied classics ...

Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God

St. John of God, the founder of this religious institution, was born 8 March, 1495, at Montemor ...

Broughton, Richard

( alias Rouse) Born about 1558 at Great Stukeley, Huntingdonshire; died according to ...

Brouwer, Christoph

(Browerius). Historian, born 12 March, 1559, at Arnheim, Holland ; died in 1617, at Trier, ...

Brown, William

A naval officer of the Republic of Argentina, b. 1777, in the County Mayo, Ireland ; d. 3 May, ...

Browne, Charles Farrar

(ARTEMUS WARD). Humorist, b. at Waterford, Oxford County, Maine, U.S.A. 26 April, 1834; d. ...

Brownson, Orestes Augustus

Philosopher, essayist, reviewer, b. at Stockbridge, Vermont, U.S.A., 16 September, 1803; d. at ...

Brownson, Sarah

Daughter of Orestes A. Brownson, b. at Chelsea, Massachusetts, 7 June, 1839; married William ...

Brownsville

Vicariate Apostolic, erected 1874. Previous to this date the entire State of Texas was under ...

Bru, Saint

(Briocus, Brioc, or Bru). A Celtic saint of Brittany who received his education in Ireland ...

Bruel, Joachim

(Brulius). A theologian and historian, born early in the seventeenth century at Vorst, a ...

Brueys, David-Augustin de

A French theologian and dramatic author, born at Aix in 1640; died 25 November, 1723, at ...

Brugère, Louis-Frédéric

Professor of apologetics and church history, born at Orléans, 8 October 1823; died at ...

Bruges

The chief town of the Province of West Flanders in the Kingdom of Belgium. Pope Nicholas I in ...

Brugière, Pierre

A French priest, Jansenist, and Juror, born at Thiers, 3 October, 1730; died at Paris, 7 ...

Brugman, John

A renowned Franciscan preacher of the fifteenth century, b. at Kempen in the Diocese of Cologne, ...

Brumidi, Constantino

An Italian-American historical painter, celebrated for his fresco work in the Capitol at ...

Brumoy, Pierre

Born at Rouen in Normandy, 1688; entered the Society of Jesus in 1704; died in Paris, 1742. ...

Brunellesco, Filippo

(Or Brunelleschi) An architect and sculptor, born at Florence, 1377; died there 16 April, ...

Brunetière, Ferdinand

A French critic and professor, born at Toulon, 19 July, 1849; died at Paris, 9 December, 1906. ...

Brunforte, Ugolino

Friar Minor and chronicler, born c. 1262; died c. 1348. His father Rinaldo, Lord of Sarnano in the ...

Bruni, Leonardo

An eminent Italian humanist, b. of poor and humble parents at Arezzo, the birthplace of ...

Brunner, Francis de Sales

The founder of the Swiss-American congregation of the Benedictines, b. 10 January, 1795, at ...

Brunner, Sebastian

A versatile and voluminous writer, b. in Vienna, 10 December, 1814; d. there, 27 November, 1893. ...

Bruno of Querfurt, Saint

(Also called BRUN and BONIFACE). Second Apostle of the Prussians and martyr, born about ...

Bruno the Saxon

(SAXONICUS.) A German chronicler of the eleventh Century and author of the "Historia de Bello ...

Bruno, Giordano

Italian philosopher, b. at Nola in Campania, in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1548; d. at Rome, ...

Bruno, Saint

Bishop of Segni, in Italy, born at Solero, Piedmont, about 1048; died 1123. He received his ...

Bruno, Saint

Confessor, ecclesiastical writer, and founder of the Carthusian Order. He was born at Cologne ...

Brunswick

A duchy situated in the mountainous central part of Northern Germany, comprising the region of the ...

Brus, Anton

Archbishop of Prague, b. at. Muglitz in Moravia, 13 February, 1518; d. 28 August, 1580. After ...

Brusa

A titular see of Bithynia in Asia Minor. According to Strabo, XII, iv, the city was founded by ...

Brussels

(From Bruk Sel , marsh-castle; Flemish Brussel , German Brussel , French Bruxelles ). ...

Bruté de Rémur, Simon William Gabriel

First Bishop of Vincennes, Indiana, U.S.A. (now Indianapolis ), b. at Rennes, France, 20 March ...

Bruyas, Jacques

Born at Lyons, France, 13 July, 1635; died at Sault St. Louis, Canada, 15 June 1712. He ...

Bryant, John Delavau

Physician, poet, author, and editor, b. in Philadelphia, U.S.A. 1811; d. 1877. He was the son of ...

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Bubastis

A titular see of Lower Egypt, on the right bank of the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, near the ...

Bucelin, Gabriel

(Buzlin). A Benedictine historical writer, born at Diessenhofen in Thurgau, 29 December, ...

Bucer, Martin

(Also called BUTZER.) One of the leaders in the South German Reformation movement, b. 11 ...

Bucharest

(B UCHAREST ; B UCARESTIENSIS ; Rumanian, B UCHARESCI "City of enjoyment") Comprises the ...

Buck, Victor De

Bollandist, born at Oudenarde, Flanders, 21 April, 1817; died 28 June, 1876. His family was one ...

Buckfast Abbey

The date of the foundation of the monastery of Our Lady of Buckfast, two miles from ...

Buckley, Sir Patrick Alphonsus

A soldier, lawyer, stateman, judge, born near Castletownsend, County Cork, Ireland, in 1841; died ...

Buckley, Venerable John

( Alias John Jones; alias John Griffith; in religion, Godfrey Maurice). Priest and martyr, ...

Budé, Guillaume

(Budaeus). A French Hellenist, born at Paris, 1467; died there 22 August, 1540. He studied at ...

Buddhism

The religious, monastic system, founded c. 500 B.C. on the basis of pantheistic Brahminism. The ...

Budweis

(Czech, BUDEJOVICE; Latin BUDOVICIUM; BOHEMO-BUDVICENSIS). A diocese situated in Southern ...

Buenos Aires

The federal capital of the Argentine Republic , and the second city of the Latin races in the ...

Buffalo

Diocese established 23 April, 1847, now comprises the counties of Erie, Niagara, Genesee, ...

Buffier, Claude

A philosopher, and author, born in Poland, of French parents, 25 May, 1661; died in Paris, 17 ...

Buglio, Louis

A celebrated missionary in China, mathematician, and theologian, born at Mineo, Sicily, 26 ...

Buil, Bernardo

(Also Boil or Boyal.) A Friar Minor. The fact that there were two religious of the name of ...

Buildings, Ecclesiastical

This term comprehends all constructions erected for the celebration of liturgical acts, whatever ...

Bukarest

(B UCHAREST ; B UCARESTIENSIS ; Rumanian, B UCHARESCI "City of enjoyment") Comprises the ...

Bulgaria

A European kingdom in the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, bounded by the Black Sea, ...

Bull-Fight, The Spanish

Overview Neither the English term nor the German ( Stiergefecht ) used to designate this ...

Bulla Aurea

(Golden Bull ). A fundamental law of the Holy Roman Empire; probably the best known of all ...

Bullaker, Ven. Thomas

( Also John Baptist). A Friar Minor and English martyr, born at Chichester about the ...

Bullarium

Bullarium is a term commonly applied to a collection of bulls and other analogous papal ...

Bullion, Angélique

Born in Paris, at commencement of the seventeenth century, her parents being Guichard Favre and ...

Bulls and Briefs

A bulla was originally a circular plate or boss of metal, so called from its resemblance in ...

Bulstrode, Sir Richard

A soldier, diplomatist, and author, born 1610; died 1711, was the second son of Edward Bulstrode ...

Bunderius, Joannes

(VAN DEN BUNDERE). A Flemish theologian and controversialist, born of distinguished parents ...

Buonarroti, Michelangelo

Italian sculptor, painter, and architect, b. at Caprese in the valley of the upper Arno, 6 March, ...

Burchard of Basle

(Also of HASENBURG or ASUEL, from his ancestral castle in Western Berne, Switzerland ). ...

Burchard of Würzurg, Saint

First bishop of Würzurg, b. in England of Anglo-Saxon parents, date unknown; d. in ...

Burchard of Worms

Bishop of that see, b. of noble parents in Hesse, Germany, after the middle of the tenth ...

Burckmair, Hans

(Or Burgkmair). A painter of the Swabian school, b. at Augsburg in 1473; d. in 1531. He was ...

Burgis, Edward Ambrose

A Dominican historian and theologian, b. in England c. 1673; d. in Brussels, 27 April, 1747. ...

Burgoa, Francisco

Born at Oaxaca about 1600; d. at Teopozotlan in 1681. He entered the Dominican Order 2 August, ...

Burgos

(B URGENSIS ) The Archdiocese of Burgos (from burgi, burgorum , signifying a ...

Burgundy

(Latin Burgundia , German Burgund , French Bourgogne ). In medieval times ...

Burial, Christian

The interment of a deceased person with ecclesiastical rites in consecrated ground. The Jews ...

Buridan, Jean

French scholastic philosopher of the fourteenth century, b. at Béthune, in the district of ...

Burigny, Jean Lévesque de

Historian, b. at Reims, 1692; d. at Paris, 1785. In 1713, with his brothers, Champeaux and ...

Burkard, Franz

The name of two celebrated German jurists. One died suddenly at Rain, 9 December 1539. He began to ...

Burke, Edmund

First Vicar Apostolic of Nova Scotia, b. in the parish of Maryborough, County Kildare, Ireland, ...

Burke, Thomas

(THOMAS DE BURGO) Bishop of Ossory, b. at Dublin, Ireland, about 1709; d. at Kilkenny, 25 ...

Burke, Thomas Nicholas

A celebrated Dominican orator, b. 8 September, 1830, in Galway ; d. 2 July, 1882, at ...

Burleigh, Walter

(Also: Walter Burley; Burlæus). Friar Minor and medieval philosopher, b. in 1275 and d. in ...

Burlington

(Burlingtonensis). Diocese established 14 July, 1853; comprises the whole State of Vermont , ...

Burma

Before its annexation by the British Burma consisted of the kingdoms of Ava and Pegu. In 1548 St. ...

Burnett, Peter Hardeman

First American Governor of California, U.S.A. b. in Nashville, Tennessee, 15 Nov., 1807, of ...

Burns, James

Publisher and author, b. near Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland, 1808; d. in London, 11 April, ...

Burse

( Bursa , "hide", "skin"; whence "bag" or "purse"). A receptacle in which, for reasons of ...

Bursfeld, The Abbey of

In the Middle Ages on of the most celebrated Benedictine monasteries in Germany was the ...

Bury St. Edmund's, The Abbey of

The first religious foundation there was established by Sigebert, King of the East Angles, who ...

Busée, Pierre

(Busæus or Buys). A Jesuit theologian, born at Nimwegen in 1540; died at Vienna in ...

Bus, Venerable César de

A priest and founder of two religious congregations, b. 3 February, 1544, at Cavaillon, Comtat ...

Busembaum, Hermann

Moral theologian, born at Notteln, Westphalia, 1600; died at Münster, 31 January, 1668. He ...

Busiris

A titular see taking its title from one of the many Egyptian cities of the same name. This ...

Buskins

(Caligæ). Ceremonial stockings of silk, sometimes interwoven with gold threads, and even ...

Buss, Franz Joseph, Ritter von

Jurist, b. 23 March, 1803 at Zell in Baden ; d. 31 January, 1878, at Freiburg im Breisgau. He ...

Bustamante, Carlos María

Mexican statesman and historian, b. at Oaxaca, Mexico, 4 November, 1774; d. in Mexico, 29 ...

Buston, Thomas Stephen

(or Busten) A Jesuit missionary and author, born 1549, in the Diocese of Salisbury , ...

Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, Third Marquess of

Born at Mountstuart, Bute, 12 September, 1847; d. at Dumfries House, Ayrshire, 9 October, 1900, ...

Buteux, Jacques

French missionary in Canada. Born at Abbeville, in Picardy, 11 April, 1600; slain by the ...

Butler, Alban

Historian, b. 10 October, 1710, at Appletree, Northamptonshire, England ; d. at St-Omer, ...

Butler, Charles

One of the most prominent figures among the English Catholics of his day, b. in London, 1750, d. ...

Butler, Mary Joseph

First Irish Abbess of the Irish Benedictine Abbey of Our Lady of Grace, at Ypres, Flanders, ...

Butler, Sir William Francis

Born at Suirville, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, 31 October, 1838; died 7 June, 1910, was the son of ...

Buttress

A pilaster, pier, or body of masonry projecting beyond the main face of the wall and intended to ...

Buxton, Ven. Chrisopher

Priest and martyr, b. in Derbyshire; d. at Canterbury, 1 October, 1588. He was a scholar of ...

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Byblos

A titular see of Phoenicia. Byblos is the Greek name of Gebal "The Mountain", one of the oldest ...

Bye-Altar

An altar that is subordinate to the central or high altar. The term is generally applied to ...

Byllis

A titular see of Epirus Nova (Albania), whose title is often added to that of Apollonia among ...

Byrd, William

English composer, born in London in 1542 or 1543; died 4 July, 1623. He was the son of a ...

Byrne, Andrew

Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A. b. at Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland, 5 December, 1802; ...

Byrne, Richard

Brevet brigadier general, United States Army, b. in Co. Cavan, Ireland, 1832; d. at Washington, ...

Byrne, William

Missionary and educator, born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1780; died at Bardstown, Kentucky, ...

Byzantine Architecture

A mixed style, i.e. a style composed of Graeco-Roman and Oriental elements which, in earlier ...

Byzantine Art

The art of the Eastern Roman Empire and of its capital Byzantium, or Constantinople. The term ...

Byzantine Empire, The

The ancient Roman Empire having been divided into two parts, an Eastern and a Western, the Eastern ...

Byzantine Literature

To grasp correctly the essential characteristics of Byzantine literature, it is necessary first ...

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