In the past century the Church has grown both extensively and intensively among English-speaking peoples.Their living interests demand that they should have the means of informing themselves about this vast institution, which, whether they are Catholics or not, affects their fortunes and their destiny.Trefwoorde: begripsprobleme; gewone taal; leesbaarheid; lekelesers; sinstruktuur; verstaanbaarheid Abstract Sentence constructions characteristic of Afrikaans legal language Lay readers often experience problems with the peculiarities of legal language, as manifested in legal texts, such as acts of parliament or contracts.The aim of this article is to identify the syntactic properties of Afrikaans legal language that cause processing problems for lay readers of legal texts.What the Church teaches and has taught; what she has done and is still doing for the highest welfare of mankind; her methods, past and present; her struggles, her triumphs, and the achievements of her members, not only for her own immediate benefit, but for the broadening and deepening of all true science, literature and art all come within the scope of the Catholic Encyclopedia.It differs from the general encyclopedia in omitting facts and information which have no relation to the Church.The Editors take occasion on the appearance of this first volume to express their gratitude to all who have taken part with them in this enterprise; in particular to the hierarchy for their cordial endorsement; to Catholic publishers and to the editors of the Catholic press for their frequent courtesies; to the contributors for their ready co-operation; to the original subscribers for their generous support; to the directors of the Company organized specially to produce the work, and to many non-Catholics for their kindly encouragement.Opsomming Lekelesers ondervind gereeld probleme met die taalgebruik in regsdokumente soos parlementswette en in verbruikersdokumente soos koopooreenkomste en testamente.
Sodoende word leiding aan die opstellers en hersieners van verbruikersdokumente gegee sodat hulle meer toeganklike tekste vir kwesbare lekelesers kan skep.
The work is entirely new, and not merely a translation or a compilation from other encyclopedia sources.
The Editors have insisted that the articles should contain the latest and most accurate information to be obtained from the standard works on each subject.
On the other hand, it is not exclusively a church encyclopedia, nor is it limited to the ecclesiastical sciences and the doings of churchmen.
It records all that Catholics have done, not only in behalf of charity and morals, but also for the intellectual and artistic development of mankind.