Index Librorum Prohibitorum

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Index Librorum Prohibitorum


(Index of Forbidden Books), an official list, published by the Vatican, of books which the Catholic Church forbade its members to read upon threat of excommunication.

The Index was first issued as directed by Pope Paul IV in 1559. It was reissued more than 40 times (the latest edition dates from 1948), and during this process it was systematically enlarged.

The Index listed many of the finest creations of human thought, such as the works of G. Bruno, T. Hobbes, and Voltaire. In.the hands of the Catholic Church the Index was one of the means used in the struggle against science, as well as against progressive and revolutionary views. In 1966 publication of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in its previous form was ceased. At the same time the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and conferences of bishops were charged with the task of keeping track of new editions of books and with warning church members against reading books not approved by the church.

Index librorum prohibitorum

list of forbidden books compiled by Roman Catholic Church. [Christian Hist.: NCE, 1323]
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Since Sister Faustina's diary, which she claimed Jesus himself had asked her to keep, had been previously listed on the Index of Forbidden Books, it curtailed the exercise of the devotional practices.
Lucian was emphatically not a friendly witness: his mockeries of Christianity earned him a reputation in Byzantium as the Anti-Christ and a place on the first edition of the Catholic Index of Forbidden Books.
If you hear about the Catholic Church and literature on some thoughtful program, say on public radio or television, prepare for an earful about the now-defunct Index of Forbidden Books or old efforts to ban the works of James Joyce.
The Church encouraged the printing of religious books, which always made up a very substantial part of the market, but also it sought to control their content through censorship, a process that led to the Index of Forbidden Books in 1564.
Only this time, they went even further and added an index of forbidden books to dampen any more of that kind of thinking in the future; the total rejection of the vernacular to make general discussion of just about anything ecclesiastical impossible for laypeople; greater episcopal control; and more and better rules for everything else.
While the Holy Inquisition primarily oversaw the Italian book market, the Congregation of the Index was supposed to regularly update the Index of Forbidden Books and expurgate questionable books from the worldwide market; the theologian of the Papal Household (Magister Sacri Palatii) could censor whatever he regarded as dangerous.
In a previous age, someone in the Vatican could slap this story on the Index of Forbidden Books.
The survey shows that we're a long way from the old Catholic Index of forbidden books," said Digest editor-in-chief Dan Connors.
When this work's second edition was put on the Index of Forbidden Books in 1882, Kraus immediately published a modified third edition that was approved by the Holy Office but at the cost of the historical thoroughness of the earlier editions.
That declaration had a preconciliar, inquisitorial whiff about it that reminded millions of Catholics of nothing so much as the church's Index of Forbidden Books, which was abandoned at Vatican II.
Vigorously criticized by conservative Catholics, this book was prohibited to all Italian seminarians in 1913 and nearly put on the Index of Forbidden Books.
Catholicism's chief theologian, cardinal Robert Bellarmine, had Copernicanism declared false and the book of Copernicus placed on the Index of Forbidden Books.

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