But what was Pope Leo actually responding to? What specific events, what particular changes in civil law in what years, what exactly was the secular state doing? So I did what anyone living 130 years after Arcanum was issued, I googled it.
The results fall into just a few categories:
- The actual text of the encyclical, either on the website itself, or linked to it residence on newadvent.org or the Vatican website (speaks only generally)
- The text of the Catholic Encyclopedia (1917 edition) entry on the encyclical (not helpful to me)
- Line-items on "this day in history"
- Various other posts, entries, etc., linking to one or more of the above
- References to some video game or something by the same name
So, I gotta search another way. I'll try "19th-century secularism" or something. But then I'll have weed through the junk of that google search instead.
Or I'll just have to fake it in the project I'm working on for which I need this information. I just hope my dissertation director lets it slide.
Update: The refined search led me to a large book on Scribd that fits the bill!