Please note: This is not a
Vatican site. Read the following for more information.
For the more complete story, here goes .....
Approximately 95% of the documents on the site were originally found on the
Catholic Resource Network (CRNET) which later became EWTN Online Services aka
Communications was the owner of CRNET and has Petersnet (which is now called
'Catholic Culture'). Confused yet?
At some point in time, Petersnet gave permission to an individual in Australia,
who operated a website called "St. Michael's Depot", to post the various Church
documents that were originally found on CRNET. Most of the encyclicals on this site were scanned by CRNET from the 5 volume
set, “The Papal Encyclicals 1740-1981” published by Pierian Press. For several years, St. Michael's
Depot included these documents, listed on a single index page of their website titled
"Papal Encyclicals Online".
Around the end of 1999 or the beginning of the year 2000, St. Michael's Depot
Later on in the year 2000, several of us on the Catholicsource Message forum
were lamenting the loss of such a great resource as St. Michael's Depot. One of
the forum participants commented that he had previously downloaded all the papal
encyclicals from St. Michael's Depot for his personal use.
At my request, he e-mailed me all of those documents so that I could make them
available on the web again. This was the birth of the new "Papal
Changes to this website over
time have included enhancements such as individual pages for each Pope,
encyclical's English titles, eReader files, an effective search engine, pictures of medieval
Papal documents, and other more minor details added to help in research, for the
search of individual documents, and ease of navigation.
In the year 2002, after being contacted by one of the webmasters at Petersnet
(now Catholic Culture), they also gave me their approval for the use of these
documents. Permission has also been granted from the
LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA (aka Vatican Publishing
House) for this site to reprint Papal and Church documents in electronic format.
As far as the author of the Papal Encyclicals site .... I'm just a Catholic
layman who's trying to help keep these Church documents widely available. All
monetary costs for the site, such as the domain name and web server fees, have
come from my own personal pocket. Donations or advertising are not accepted.