Cuthbert Butler

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Cuthbert Butler OSB, born Edward Butler (1858 – 1934), was a Benedictine monk of Downside Abbey in England, who gained notice as a Church historian. In 1906 he was elected the abbot of the community.[1]

Butler is known for The Vatican Council, his history of the First Vatican Council based on the correspondence of Bishop William Bernard Ullathorne, OSB, of Birmingham.[2] Gertrude Himmelfarb describes The Vatican Council as designed to support papal infallibility.[3]

He also wrote on mysticism.


  • The Lausiac History of Palladius. Texts and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and patristic literature 6. 1898. LCCN 25012303. 
  • Benedictine Monachism. 1919. LCCN 20002500. 
  • Western Mysticism: The Teaching of SS Augustine Gregory and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative Life. 1922. LCCN 23007246. OCLC 3181182. 
  • The life & times of Bishop Ullathorne, 1806–1889. 1926. LCCN 26014362. OCLC 4231977. 
  • Religions of Authority and the Religion of the Spirit: with other essays, apologetical and critical. 1930. OCLC 649515. 
  • The Vatican Council: the story from inside in Bishop Ullathorne's letters. 1930. LCCN 30022961. OCLC 3393424. 
  • Ways of Christian Life: Old Spirituality for Modern Men. 1932. LCCN 32022686. OCLC 3553103. 


  1. ^ "Downside Abbey". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Butler, Cuthbert; Ullathorne, William B (1930). Butler, Cuthbert, ed. The Vatican Council: the story from inside in Bishop Ullathorne's letters 2. London, GB; New York, NY: Longmans, Green. LCCN 30022961. OCLC 3393424. 
  3. ^ "Gertrude Himmelfarb 'The Vatican Council'".  From Himmelfarb, Gertrude (1952). Lord Acton: A Study in Conscience and Politics. The University of Chicago Press. pp. 95–128. 

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