Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.
Let us, above all, tell you of our concern with repect to the present development of the technical world and the consequences of this for teaching. The Christian faith surely has nothing to fear from science, or from the techniques derived from it; on the contrary, it teaches us that scientific advances are a glorification of God, who said: 'Fill the earth, and subdue it.' The spirit of these words of Pope John XXIII abounds in this collection of addresses of his predecessor on the relationship of Catholic teaching to technological problems of the twentieth century. The thirty-four addresses contained here stand as eloquent testimony to the fact that the Church is concerned but not frightened, anxious but not bowed by the recent whirlwind progress of man in his quest to control the things of nature and the materials of production. That these addresses range over such widely divergent fields as agriculture, physics, meat-packing, and astronautics, shows that the interest of the Church is as catholic as that of technology itself. There is no larger issue today than the obviously mixed blessing of advancing technology. Here are the sobering, calm, considered judgments and advice of Pope Pius XII who as man of his times has been rightly called the "Pope of Technology". The scholar, no matter what his faith, will find here light and wisdom. The engineer and technologist will be challenged to consider the condequences as well as the "progress" of his attempt to advance his particular science. All readers will profit from taking the time to hear this voice speaking from within but above the problems and confusions of our own day.