Origins of Catholic Words
A Discursive Dictionary
Lo Bello has assembled, over a number of years, lucid and wide-ranging remarks on the etymology and history of the words that occur in the study of the Catholic religion. A true labor of love, this sophisticated, one-of-a-kind dictionary will delight those who take pleasure in learning. Anyone interested in words and language—indeed, in culture, will find something interesting on every page. This is a book one may read and not just consult.
The author has been ecumenical in his choice of authorities. J. B. Bury, Lord Chesterfield, Mandell Creighton, S. R. Driver, Ferdinand Gregorovius, Dr. Johnson, Henry Charles Lea, Bishop Lightfoot, Thomas Babington Macaulay, John Stuart Mill, Henry Hart Milman, Leopold von Ranke, and Bertrand Russell find their places alongside Alban Butler, Denzinger, Ignaz Döllinger the Abbé Duchesne, Adrian Fortescue, Bishop Hefele, Cardinal Gasparri, Msgr. Ronald Knox, Msgr. Horace K. Mann, John Henry Newman, Ludwig von Pastor, Wilfrid Ward, William George Ward, and Evelyn Waugh.
There have been many changes in the Catholic Church since 1962, and one of the goals of this book is to describe what will soon be missing from the memories of all living people. Origins of Catholic Words may, Lo Bello hopes, make its small contribution so that the situation not arise, which would convict Newman of error when he wrote, "What the Catholic Church once has had, she never has lost."
About the Author
"This book is a treasure trove of Catholic history and culture. The learned author's perspective is sometimes whimsical and sometimes provocative, but always illuminating."—Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., , St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London
"This fascinating and informative book is s a 500-page conversation with a dazzling raconteur who has forgotten very little in life but still forgotten more than you and I will ever know. This is how Samuel Johnson might have passed his years as a Catholic—defining and delighting. Buy yourself this book. The indulgence will be plenary."—Mike Aquilina, author of The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers
"In an age of relativism we need Defenders of the Definite, such as Anthony Lo Bello, who define words in a way that defies those speakers who abuse language to confuse the faithful. Here we have clarity, rooted in the roots of the words themselves, and an adventurous voyage into the origins of the language. It is unlike any dictionary you have ever read, or any encyclopedia you are ever likely to read. Fun, feisty, and cuttingly edgy, it is nothing less than the words made fresh."—Joseph Pearce, author of Beauteous Truth: Faith, Reason, Literature and Culture
"Origins of Catholic Words is like talking to an Oxbridge professor about words you've met but don't really know yet. It is a book to have by your bedside for the sake of wonder about what it means to know words and to use to speak well of God and everything else."—C.C. Pecknold, The Catholic University of America
"With pith and wit, Anthony Lo Bello has produced a readable reference work and a worthy companion to the old Catholic Encyclopedia. Lovers of lexicon and liturgy, theology and trivia, vocabulary and vestments will easily find a place on their shelves for Origins of Catholic Words: A Discursive Dictionary."—First Things
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