Great research tools now online: A.S.S. and A.A.S.

This is pretty big.

I have griped about the Holy See’s website.

Here is a new feature worth praising.

The texts of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis and the Acta Sanctae Sedis etc, are now online.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Geoffrey says:

    This was such great news! I was like a kid in a candy store! Now I only wish the Congregation for Divine Worship would do something similar for “Notitiae”…

  2. frere wilfrid says:

    Good. Goooooood! Thanks for this link. So much more useful than pictures of plates of chinese food.

  3. Andrew says:

    Quanta cum laetitia didici Apostolicae Sedis Acta inde ab anno 1909 hoc in situ legi posse. Maximam tibi debeo gratiam, Pater reverendissime.

  4. helgothjb says:

    Forgive my ignorance, but what are these? My Latin is very hazy, I am out of practice.

  5. Geoffrey says:

    Here is Wikipedia’s entry for “Acta Apostolicae Sedis” (Acts of the Apostolic See), which explains it pretty well:

    The “Acta Apostolicae Sedis” seem to have some documents in the vernacular, depending on the document in question (i.e., an address to an English-speaking audience, etc.).

  6. Um… Father… aren’t you prone to get some interesting spam off the wording of your headline?

    Of course, given our freespeaking ways around here, you probably already get interesting spam. :)

  7. Tom in NY says:

    Legendum et AAS et ASS cursum compositionis linguae latinae forte adjuvat. Nunc visitare bibliothecas non oportet; lectorem visitant.

    Salutationes omnibus.

  8. What is the difference between the Apostolic See and the Holy See?

  9. Geoffrey says:

    Apparently every “see” is considered “holy” (archdiocese of LA, New York, etc.), and I think “apostolic” would refer to a see founded by an apostle, such as Rome. But I wonder if other sees founded by apostles are “apostolic sees”? Both terms are usually known for being applied to “the Vatican”.

  10. Agellius says:

    Nice! I was searching (in vain) for the AAS online just a couple weeks ago.

  11. Father J says:

    All RIGHT! Here when I first started stumbling ’round the ‘net in 1996, I thought to myself: Well, golly, With all this information you can access, maybe someone’s gotten around to having the AAS online…

    Only fourteen years. Not bad, actually.

  12. Tom in NY says:

    Ad RP “J”: Secundum Suetonius, Imperator Augustus “festina lente” dixit.

    Salutationes omnibus.

  13. Mitchell NY says:

    Glad to see this up..A lengthy read for anyone who can do the Latin. I looked up Veterum Sapientia since this along with so many other AC’s are overlooked. Then I thought with the MP SP how indeed relevant this document has become now that we have the Tridentine Mass back in the mainstream life of the Church. Maybe the Holy Father should re-issue it with an adendum of pertinent thoughts on how Summorum Pontificum and Veterum Sapintia go hand in hand.

  14. Greg Smisek says:

    This is amazing — the official documents of the Church all the way back to 1865, and not just graphical scans, but real, searchable text. And clearly it wasn’t just a quick pass using OCR, because old typefaces are very difficult for OCR to read, and from the few things I’ve examined, the errors are very minimal. Of course, having a graphical scan to consult would be a useful tool, but this is a great start.

    As for Rome being “the Apostolic See” rather than just “an Apostolic See,” the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 2nd edition, says this is because of “its traditional association with the two Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul.” St. John is also sometimes mentioned in the same breath.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia claimed that the name “apostolic” accrues only because of the Apostle-founder, and that the term was “a proper name” for the See of Rome because “Heresy and barbarian violence swept away all the particular Churches which could lay claim to an Apostolic see, until Rome alone remained.” But the Council of Ephesus (431) already referred to “our most holy and blessed pope Cœlestine, bishop of the Apostolic See.” (Wikipedia, “Apostolic See,” emphasis mine.)

    As Fr. Zuhlsdorf has pointed out before, the final, authentic text officially published in the Acta often contains small or sometimes larger changes from the text initially released. Unfortunately, authors and publishers rarely go back to consult the Acta text, and instead rely on the unofficial earlier versions of the text.

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