Recommended Reading

Update 2/27/2018: Bear with me as I plan to heavily update this post, adding the best French versions of these works, when possible.

Apocalypse and End Times

Apologetics, Quick Answers
*A SINNER, "The Best Answers to Objections to Catholicism"

Bible and Commentaries
*AQUINAS, St. Thomas, Catena Aurea
Français: Chaine d'or

*IDEM., Summa Theologica: Index of Scripture References <>





*HAYDOCK, Fr. George Leo, Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition. <>
Note: PLEASE obtain a hard copy of this treasure for your family, religious house, or seminary.

*LAPIDE, Cornelius, S.J.


Blessed Virgin Mary
*GENTILUCCI, Romuald, The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Her Blessed Spouse, St. Joseph, and Holy Parents St. Joachim and St. Anne (New York: Edward Dunigan and Brother, 1859)

*LIGUORI, St. Alphonsus Maria de, The Glories of Mary, new revised edition (New York: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1888)
Français: Les gloires de Marie par Saint Alphonse de Liguori, Doctor de l'Église - traduction nouvelle d'après le meilleur texte italien par M. L'Abbé Bernard (Paris: P. Lethielleux, 1880)

*MONTFORT, St. Louis Marie de, God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort" (Montfort Publications, Bay Shore, 1987)
Français: Oeuvres Complètes ()

Cantacuzene, John 

Canonization, Beatification
*FABER, Fr. Frederick William, An Essay On Beatification, Canonization, And The Processes Of The Congregation Of Rites

Note: I do NOT recommend the Catechism of the Catholic Church (approved by St. John Paul).

*GAUME, Fr. Jean-Joseph, Catechism of Perseverance (Baltimore, P.J. Hedian & Co., 1849)

*HAY, Bishop George,

*MÜLLER, Fr. Michael, C.Ss.R., Fam
Vol. 1 <>
Vol. 2 <>
Vol. 3 <> 

*ST. PETER CANISIUS, A Small Catechism for Catholics (Mediatrix Press, )

*POPE ST. PIUS V, Catechism of the Council of Trent, trans. Fr. J. Donovan (Baltimore: Lucas Brothers, 1829) <>


Communion Under One Kind
*HAY, Bishop George, 

*MÜLLER, Fr. Michael, C.S.s.R.,

*A SINNER (1/21/2018), "Communion Under One Kind Only" <>

*TONER, Patrick, "Communion under Both Kinds," The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 4 (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908) <>.

*MILLER, Fr. Donald, C.Ss.R., "An Examination of Conscience for Adults <>; <>

Dionysius the Areopagite, St.
*DARBOY, Georges (martyred Archbishop of Paris), Œuvres de Saint Denys l'Aréopagite (Paris: Maison de la Bonne Presse, 1877 reprint)

*A SINNER, "The Writings of St. Dionysius the Areopagite" (3/22/2010) <>

*IDEM., "Questions on the Corpus Areopagiticum" (2/6/2009) <>

*THOMAS CORDATUS, Dionysius the Areopagite (Ex Laodicea, 5/22/20113) <>

*OTT, Ludwig, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 2nd. Eng. ed. (Rockford, IL: TAN Books & Publishers, Inc., 1974 <>
Note: Read the sections on "No salvation outside the Church" with extreme caution; compare them with the writings of Hay and Müller, cited below.

Dominic, St. and the Dominican Saints
*DRANE, Augusta Theodosia, The History of St. Dominic, Founder of the Friars Preachers (New York: 15 East 16th Street, 1891)

*PRADEL, Fr. Andrew, O.P., St. Vincent Ferrer of the Order of Friar Preachers: his life, spiritual teaching, and practical devotion, trans. Fr. T. A. Dixon, O.P. (London, R. Washbourne, 1875)
Français: (Paris: Librairie de Mme Ve Poussielgue-Rusand, 1864) <>

Essence-Energies Distinction
*CAÑELLAS, Juan Nadal, La resistance d'Akindynos a Gregoire Palamas. Enquete historique, atraduction et commentaire de quatre traites edites recemment, volume 1 (Leuven 2006).

*RIPPERGER, Fr. Chad, "The Metaphysical Impossibility of Human Evolution"
PDF: <>
HTML: <>

*IDEM., The Metaphysics of Evolution (Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand, 2012)

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus
*BROWNSON, Orestes

*HAY, George, The Sincere Christian, vol. II, ed. under supervision of The Right Rev. John Menzies Strain (Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1871), 259-348 <>.

*MÜLLER, Fr. Michael, C.Ss.R.,

*AQUINAS, St. Thomas,


*JUGIE, Martin, A.A., De processione spiritus sancti ex fontibus revelationis et secundum orientales dissidentes (Rome: Istituto Grafico Tiberino, 1936) - email me for access

*LIGUORI, St. Alphonsus, On the History of Heresies and Their Refutation, vol. 2, trans. Fr. John T. Mullock, O.F.M. (Dublin: James Duffy, 1847), 137-150

Florence, Council of
*GILL, Joseph, S.J., The Council of Florence

*IDEM., Personalities of the Council of Florence

Head Coverings
*Robert T. Hart, “Those Who Serve God Should Not Follow The Fashions,” 6th edition (2017), Appendix II: Headcovering in Church, 43-45, quoted in A SINNER (12/28/2017), "Must Women Cover Their Heads in Church"? <>

Honorius I, Pope
*CHAPMAN, John, O.S.B., The Condemnation of Pope Honorius (London, Catholic Truth Society, 1907) <>

*IDEM., "Pope Honorius I." The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 7. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1910. 13 Sept. 2015 <>.

Huss, John
*CAROLL, Warren Hasty, The Glory of Christendom, 1100-1517: A History of Christendom, vol. 3 (Front Royal, VA: Christendom Press, 1993, 488-490.

*SALEMBIER, Louis, The Great Schism of the West (New York: Benzinger Bros., 1907), 311-331  <>
Français: Le grand schisme d'Occident (Paris: J. Gabalda, 1921), 323-345

Immaculate Conception
*, Dictionnaire de théologie catholique

*A SINNER (12/14/2017), "Immaculate Conception Bibliography"

Infallibility, Papal

*O'SULLIVAN, Fr. Paul, O.P., The Wonders of the Mass 

Maximus the Greek of Russia

Miracles Outside the Catholic Church
*MONDEN, Louis, S.J., Signs and Wonders: A Study of the Miraculous Element in Religion (New York: Desclée, 1966), 135-136, 306-307.
Note: See A SINNER, "On Non-Catholic Miracles" (12/21/2017).

Mohammedanism (Islam)
*AQUINAS, St. Thomas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapter 6, section 4: "That to give assent to the truths of faith is not foolishness even though they are above reason"

*BOSCO, St. John, Il Cattolico istruito nella sua religione: trattenimenti di un padre di famiglia co’ suoi figliuoli, secondo i bisogni del tempo, epilogati dal Sacerdote Bosco Giovanni, part 2, ch. 13:

*DIONYSIUS the Carthusian, Bl., Contra Alchoranum et sectam Machometicam libri quinque

Contra Perfidiam Mahumeti (Against the Perfidy of Muhammad), Opera Omnia, vol. 36 (Tournai, 1908), 233-442 (pages 250-465 of the PDF)

*JOHN of Damascus, St., "The Heresy of the Ishmaelites," The Fount of Knowledge (Patrologia Græca ) in The Fathers of the Church, vol. 37 (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1958), 153-160. 

*LIGUORI, St. Alphonsus,
Français: Œuvres, trans. MM. les Abbés Vidal, Delalle, et Bousquet, nouvelle édition, revue et corrigée par M. l'abbé A. C. Peltier, vol. 1, 355-361 (pages 364-371 of the PDF)
Italiano: Verità della Fede,  

*MARTINI, Fr. Raymond, Pugio Fidei

*MONDEN, Fr. Louis, S.J., Signs and Wonders (), -

*NICHOLAS of Cusa,

*RICOLDO of Monte Croce, Contra legem Sarracenorum (Confutatio Alcorani), Patrologia Graeca 154:1035-1152 (pages 535-593 of the PDF)

*SAVONAROLA, Fra Girolamo (Servant of God), "The Utter Irrationality of the Mahometan Religion," Triumph of the Cross, Book, Book 4, ch. 7, 195-202

Novena Prayers
*LOVASIK, Fr. Lawrence, Treasury of Novenas

Ordination of Women

Palamas, Gregory
*GALADZA, Peter, The Theology and Liturgical Work of Andrei Sheptytsky (Rome: Pontificio Istituto orientale, 2004), 178-181, 296.

*GHARIB, Georges, Testi Mariani del Secondo Millennio: Autori orientali (secc. XI-XX) (Rome, Città Nuova, 2008), 334 <>.

*JUGIE, Fr. Martin,  

*LOSTEN, Basil H, Eparch of Stamford, Our Paschal Pilgrimage: On the Journey of the Great Fast (Eastern Christian Publications, 1996), 41-43.

*PELIKAN, Jaroslav, Confessor Between East and West: a Portrait of Ukrainian Cardinal Josyf Slipyj (W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), 228.

Pisa, Council of

Photius of Constantinople
*GRUMEL, Fr. Venance, A.A. "La Lettre du Pape Étienne V a l'empereur Basile Ier," Revue des Études Byzantines, vol. XI, no. 1 (1953), 129-155 <>. 

*IDEM., "New Light on the Photian Schism,” Unitas 5 (1953), 140-148.

*IDEM., "Review: The Photian Schism: History and Legend," Revue des Études Byzantines, vol. X, no. 1 (1952), 282-283 <>

*STIERNON, Daniel, "Autour de Constantinople IV (869-870)," Revue des études byzantines, vol. XXV, no. 25 (1967), 155-188 <>

*BELLARMINE, St. Robert, On the Marks of the Church, trans. Ryan Grant (Mediatrix Press, 2015)

*Catholic Religion Proved by Protestant Bible
Note: PLEASE give this book, along with blessed Miraculous Medals on chains, to as many Protestants as possible.

*DE SALES, St. Francis, The Catholic Controversy, trans. H. B. Canon Mackey O.S.B., 3rd. ed. (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1909)

*LIGUORI, St. Alphonsus, On the History of Heresies and Their Refutation, trans. Fr. John T. Mullock, O.F.M. (Dublin: James Duffy, 1847),
Vol. 1: <>
Vol: 2: <>

*IDEM., Against the Reformers

*MILNER, John, The End of Religious Controversy

*MONTFORT, St. Louis de, Secret of the Rosary (TAN Books and Publishers) 

Saints, Lives of 
*O'SULLIVAN, Fr. Paul, O.P., Saint Philomena: The Wonder-Worker (TAN Books & Publishers)

Saints, Post-Schism
*CONGAR, Yves, O.P. "A propos des saints canonisés dans les Eglises orthodoxes," Revue des sciences religieuses, 22 (1948), 240-259 <>.

*KONCEVICIUS, Fr. Joseph Russia's Attitude Towards Union with Rome (9th-16th Centuries) (Cleveland, OH: John T. Zubal, Inc. Publishers and Booksellers, 1983)

*RAES, Alphonse, S.J. "La première édition romaine de la liturgie de S. Jean Chrysostome en staroslave," Orientalia christiana periodica 7 (1941): 518-526

*SCHWEIGL, Joseph, "Menologio graeco-slavico post annum 1054," Periodica de re morali, canonica, liturgica 3 (Rome 1941): 221-228

Sava of Serbia, St.

Savonarola, Fra Girolamo (Servant of God)
*HERZIG, Tamar, Savonarola's Women: Visions and Reform in Renaissance Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2008)
*LUCAS, Herbert, S.J., Fra Girolamo Savonarola: A Biographical Study, 2nd ed. (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder, 1906) <>.
*RIDOLFI, Roberto, Vita di Girolamo Savonarola (Florence: Casa Editrice Le Lettere, 1997)
English translation:
*WEINSTEIN, Donald, Savonarola: The Rise and Fall of a Renaissance Prophet (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), 297-310

Schism, East-West
*CONGAR, Yves, O.P., After Nine Hundred Years: The Background of the Schism Between the Eastern and Western Churches (Fordham University Press, 1959), 93-95 <>.
*EVERY, George, The Byzantine Patriarchate, 451-1204 (London: SPCK, 1962).
*GILL, Joseph, S.J. Byzantium and the Papacy, 1198-1400 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1979).

*KONCEVICIUS, Joseph Russia's Attitude Towards Union with Rome (9th-16th Centuries) (Cleveland, OH: John T. Zubal, Inc. Publishers and Booksellers, 1983)

Schism, Western
*SALEMBIER, Louis, The Great Schism of the West (New York, Benziger Brothers, 1907) <>.
Français: Le grand schisme d'Occident (Paris : Librairie Victor Lecoffre, 1921)

*DIVRY, Édouard, O.P., "," La Transfiguration selon l'Orient et l'Occident (Pierre Téqui, 2009), 425-426

*LASANCE, Fr. Francis Xavier, The Catholic Girl's Guide: Counsels and Devotions for Girls in the Ordinary Walks of Life, and in Particular for the Children of Mary (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1905) <>

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