Roman Catholic Systematic Theologies

Including systematic works and works defending Romanism.

These are here as primary source references.



Order of Contents  Chronological Order

English  12+
Latin  3



In English


Medieval Church

Thomas of Aquinas  d. 1274

See especially, ‘St. Thomas Aquinas’s Works in English [& Latin]’

Summa Theologica in English, HTML  PDF (4,183 pp., with an extended table of contents)


1  Introductions, Existence & Attributes of God
2  Trinity, Creation, Cause of Evil
3  Angels, the Six Days of Creation
Man, the Will, Understanding, Propagation
5  Divine Government, Angels, Human Propagation
6  Chief End of Man, the Human Will, Passions
7  Habits, Virtues, Sin, Original Sin
8  Law, Kinds of Law, Grace, Merit
9  Faith, Unbelief, Love, Vices
10  Prudence, Justice
11  Devotion, Oaths, Superstition
13  Temperance, Vices Opposite to
14  Of Prophecy, Tongues, Miracles, the Contemplative Life, States of Life
15  The Incarnation
16  Mary, Virgin Birth, Christ’s Life, Death, Resurrection
17  The Sacraments
18  Sacraments, Power of the Keys
19  Abode of the Dead, Resurrected Bodies
20  The Last Things
22  Indexes

Contra Gentiles, on the Truth of the Catholic Faith

Commentary on the Sentences

Contra the Errors of the Greeks

A Compendium of Theology



Thomas Aquinas in English, a Bibliography  with references and links to all of Thomas’ writings in English




Various – Catholic Tractates of the Sixteenth Century, 1573-1600  1901

Allen, William – A Treatise made in Defense of the Lawful Power and Authority of priesthood to remit sins: of the people’s duty for confession of their sins to God’s ministers and of the churches meaning concerning indulgences, commonly called the Pope’s Pardons  1567

Richard Bristow – A Reply to Fulke, in defense of M.D. Allen’s Scroll of Articles and book of Purgatory  1580

Fulke was an English reformer.

Burne, Nicol –The Disputation Concerning the Controversial heads of Religion, held in the Realm of Scotland in 1580  1581




Bellarmine, Robert  1542-1621

An Ample Declaration of the Christian Doctrine  1604

A Short Catechism  1614  116 pages

Jacob’s Ladder consisting of Fifteen Degrees or ascents to the knowledge of God by the consideration of his creatures and attributes  1638

Anderton, Lawrence

The Protestants’ Apology for the Roman Church, Divided Into Three Several Tracts  1608

The Triple Cord, Or, A Treatise Proving the Truth of the Roman Religion: By Sacred Scriptures Taken in the Literal Sense, Expounded by Ancient Fathers, Interpreted by Protestant Writers  1634

Becanus, Martinus – A Defence of the Roman Church. Wherein is Treated Whether the said Church of Rome has fallen in faith, or no?  1612

Binet, Etienne – Purgatory Surveyed, or, a particular account of the happy, and yet thrice unhappy, state of the souls there  d. 1639

Altham, Michael

Some Queries to Protestants Answered: And an Explanation of the Roman Catholic’s Belief in Four Great Points Considered. I. Concerning their Church. II. Their Worship. III. Justification. IV. Civil Government  1686

The Creed of Pope Pius the IV, or, A Prospect of Popery Taken from that Authentic Record: with Short Notes  1687




Bossuet, Jacques  d. 1704

An Exposition of the Doctrine of the Catholic Church in Matters of Controversy

History of the Variations of the Protestant Churches, vols. 1, 2

By laying out the various differences of Protestantism and its said ignoble history, Bossuet intends to show its falsehood.

A Treatise of Communion under Both Species

‘Both species’ refers to both bread and wine.




Arnauld, Antoine – The Perpetuity of the Faith of the Catholic Church on the Eucharist: With the Refutation of the Reply of a Calvinistic Minister  1834

Denzinger, Henry

The Sources of Catholic Dogma  (d. 1883; 1957)

Enchiridion Symbolorum:  Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals  (d. 1883; 1911)

Scheeben, Matthias – Handbook of Catholic Dogmatics  trans. Miller  Buy  (d. 1888; 2019)  multiple volumes




Wilhelm, Joseph & Thomas Scannell – A Manual of Catholic Theology: Based on Scheeben’s ‘Dogmatik’, vols. 1 & 2  (1906/1908)  Also here.

Pohle, Joseph – Manual Of Dogmatic Theology, 12 vols.  ed. Arthur Preuss  (1911-1920)

1. God: His Knowability, Essence, and Attributes

2. The Divine Trinity: A Dogmatic Treatise

3. God: The Author of Nature and the Supernatural

4. Christology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Incarnation

5. Soteriology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Redemption

6. Mariology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Blessed Virgin Mary

7. Grace, Actual and Habitual: A Dogmatic Treatise

8. The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, vol. 1

9. The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, vol. 2

10. The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, vol. 3

11. The Sacraments: A Dogmatic Treatise, vol. 4

12. Eschatology, or the Catholic Doctrine of the Last Things: A Dogmatic Treatise

Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., Reginald

Reality: a Synthesis of Thomistic Thought  (St. Louis, 1950)  No ToC

Commentaries on St. Thomas’s Summa Theologica  Buy  multiple volumes

Ott, Ludwig – Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma  (St. Louis, 1955)  First published in German in 1952

Niesel, Wilhelm – Pt. 1, ‘The Gospel & Roman Catholicism’  in Reformed Symbolics: a Comparison of Catholicism, Orthodoxy & Protestantism  tr. David Lewis  (Oliver & Boyd, 1962), pp. 169-303



In Latin



Petavius, Dionysius – Work of Theological Dogmatics, 8 vols.  (1864-70)  d. 1652

Petavius (1583-1652) was a French Jesuit.  “A huge collection of the sentiments of the fathers, lucidly arranged.” – Howard Malcom

Arsdekin, R.P. Richard – Universal Theology in Three Parts, Now Completing a Perfect Library for the Churchman, following the order: Book 1, Of Controversies, Heterodoxies & Scholastica; Book 2, Part 1, A Brief & Whole, Comprehensive Method of Speculative Theology; Part 2, Universal Practical Theology; Book 3, A Practical Apparatus for Every Function of the Churchman Going Forward  10th ed. 1693  Each of the three books have separate pagination: 195 pp., 400 pp., 232 pp.  Here are the tables of contents for the three books, which are at the beginning of each book: 1, 2, 3

Arsdekin (1618–1693) was Irish and a professor of theology for Jesuits.  “Archdekin’s work displays much order, knowledge, and precision, but some of his decisions in cases of conscience have been controverted by higher authority in the catholic church.” – DNB

“Held in great esteem by Romanists, and truly valuable as a great magazine of authorities. ” – Howard Malcom (graduate from Old Princeton Seminary)




Migne, Jaques Paul – A Complete Course of Theology, 28 vols.  (Paris: 1837-45)

The purpose of Migne (1800-75), a French priest, was to collect in one series a comprehensive course in Roman Catholic theology.  Many or most of the authors are from the Early and Medieval Church and are arranged roughly in the order of a systematic theology; hence the importance and great value of this massive work.

Migne was also the editor of the important Patrologia Graeca & Latina series.

Denzinger, Henry – Enchiridion Symbolorum:  Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals  (d. 1883; 1911)  ToC




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