Migne on-line. All of it.

Years back I remember Fr. Leonard Boyle lamenting that, after the Council, “you could buy a volume of Migne in Rome for a 100 lira.” At the time (1983-1984) he might not have foreseen how powerful the Internet was destined to be. Were he alive today he’d be thrilled to know that the abandonment of Migne was not successful, or total.

From David Whidden comes the following:

About a year ago you posted a link to this website on Thomistica.net: http://www.documentacatholicaomnia.eu. I had forgotten about it until I started looking for an on-line version of Hugh’s Didascalicon and it took me to their site. It appears that since your post that they have gone on and scanned all of Migne – all of Migne!! I wasn’t sure if you were aware of the development, but I know I’ll be using it quite a bit.

A welcome development. Check out the Patrologia latina (PL) here. David also notes that the individual PDF’s were scanned at high-resolution, so the download time, and footprint on your storage device, could be significant.

PS: for the Greek Fathers (PG) see here.

Got Summa? On your iPhone?

Courtesy of David Whidden (a PhD candidate a Southern Methodist University), news about an iPhone app that has the Summa on it! He says:

For those of you who have entered the iPhone (and iPod Touch) age, you will be glad to know that you can now carry the Summa with you in your pocket. For just $2.99 you can download ‘ipieta’, which has the full text of the English Dominican translation of the Summa as well as the Latin text. You can read just the English translation, just the Latin, or read the two in parallel (see screenshot of question 1 of the Prima Pars). The software is well organized, so you can get to an exact article in just three touches.  You can also do word and Boolean searches on the English translation. There is also the full text of Aquinas’ catechetical lectures.

In addition to the Summa, there are a host of other great documents on ipieta. You can get the full texts of all the ecumenical councils from Nicea to Vatican II (see screenshot of Dei Verbum), papal encyclicals from Pius VI through Benedict XVI, the Douay-Rheims and Vulgate versions of the Bible, the readings for the daily mass, a host of prayers, catechetical materials, and other valuable resources. All of the material is kept on your iPhone, so once you’ve got it you do not need Internet access to view the material. At $2.99 this is a steal.

It seems that there’s an app for everything…