I finished Pelikan's 3rd volume (which, by the way, is excellent) and was ready to start Fremantle's Papal Encyclicals. I was looking forward to her book because it appeared (mark that word) to offer encyclicals in handy-dandy book form - suitable for reading in the car while waiting for one's wife to exit her favorite store :-) - that are otherwise not easily available.
Imagine my dismay when I started flipping through it, only to discover that Fremantle was apparently trained by the folks at Reader's Digest: the encyclicals were abridged!
Boot to the head.
Why on earth would anyone want an abridged encyclical? Why would anyone want a whole book full of them (300+ pages!)? I don't get it.
So anyway, I've cleared another book from my shelf, and our parish library gets another donation. :-) And I'm getting closer to starting on reading Dante, which is something I've been looking forward to for a while.