Herman H Schwedt is an eminent, internationally renowned expert on Vatican institutions and archives, especially on the Archive of the Roman Inquisition and the Congregation of the Index. His extensive research, which began long before the opening of the Archive to the public in 1998, has opened up the most valuable avenues for the study of these Roman authorities, which often appear inscrutable from the outside. The results of the jubilarian's work, which are documented in numerous, widely scattered essays, are brought together and made accessible in this jubilee festschrift. The essays provide information on the structure, functioning and role of the two Roman Congregations. By presenting individual cases, they also offer deeper insight into the Catholic Church's conflicted engagement with nineteenth- and early twentieth-century thought.
Tobias LAGATZ and Sabine SCHRATZ (eds), Censor censorum. Gesammelte Aufsätze von Hermann H. Schwedt. Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag, Paderborn et alibi 2006, 342 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-506-72933-0.