Catholic University of America Press

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Catholic University of America Press
Parent company Catholic University of America
Founded November 14, 1939
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Washington, D.C.
Publication types Books, academic journals
Official website

The Catholic University of America Press, also known as CUA Press, is the academic publishing house of The Catholic University of America. Founded on November 14, 1939, and incorporated on July 16, 1941,[1] the CUA Press is a long-time member of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP). Its editorial offices are located on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C..

The Press has over 1,000 titles in print and currently publishes 40 new titles annually, with particular emphasis on disseminating scholarship in the areas of theology, philosophy, church history, and medieval studies. Its distinguished publications are authored by scholars around the world and are peer-reviewed. The Press is widely recognized for the publication of the Fathers of the Church series, in which the rich heritage of East and West come alive through English translations of the Greek, Latin, and Syriac writings of the church fathers. With more than 120 volumes in print, including translations of Saint Augustine's Confessions and City of God, the series offers scholarship of historical, literary, and theological significance. The series began at the express request of Cardinal James Gibbons, who sought translations free from anti-Catholic bias.[2]

The Press also offers numerous studies on the philosophy and theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas, as well as several translations of his writings.

Notable titles[edit]

The Press’s bestselling title is A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin by John Collins (1985). The chief aim of this primer is to give the student, within one year of study, the ability to read ecclesiastical Latin. Collins includes the Latin of Saint Jerome's Bible, of canon law, of the liturgy and papal bulls, of scholastic philosophers, and of the Ambrosian hymns, providing a survey of texts from the fourth century through the Middle Ages. An Answer Key to A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin is available.

Other popular titles include:

Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and his book A Reason Open To God: On Universities, Education, and Culture; The Intellectual Life by A.G. Sertillanges; Ethica Thomistica by Ralph McInerny; The Sources of Christian Ethics by Servais-Theodore Pinckaers; The Treatise on Laws by Gratian; The Refashioning of Catholicism by Robert Bireley; Pius XII and the Holocaust by Jose M. Sanchez; A Thomas More Source Book edited by Gerard B. Wegemer and Stephen W. Smith; The Mind That is Catholic by James V. Schall; The God of Faith and Reason by Robert Sokolowski; Saint Thomas Aquinas by Jean Pierre Torrell; Women in Early Christianity edited by Elizabeth Clark; The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition by Willmoore Kendall and George W. Carey; and Democracy and the Ethical Life by Claes G. Ryn.

In 2015, the Press published A Godly Humanism, the last book by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

Notable authors[edit]

Press authors include Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Ralph McInerny, Romanus Cessario O.P., James V. Schall SJ, Robert Sokolowski, John F. Wippel, Jean-Pierre Torrell O.P., Martin Rhonheimer, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Cardinal Francis George, Gilles Emery O.P., Paul J. Griffiths, George Cardinal Pell, William Harmless, and Hans Urs von Balthasar.


The Press publishes learned journals such as The Catholic Historical Review, which is the official publication of the American Catholic Historical Association; U.S. Catholic Historian; The Jurist: Studies in Church Law and Ministry; Quaestiones Disputatae, and the Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law. All of these journals form part of the electronic database Project Muse.

Current status[edit]

CUA Press has a staff of eight. The current director is Trevor Lipscombe.


  1. ^ Roy J. Deferrari Memoirs of the Catholic University of America 1918-1960 (Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1962) p. 200
  2. ^ Roy J. Deferrari A Layman in Catholic Education (Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1966) p.263

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