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  Index Librorum Prohibitorum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prohibitions made by other congregations (mostly the Holy Office) were simply passed on to the Congregation of the Index, where the final decrees were drafted and made public, after approval of the Pope (who always had the possibility to condemn an author personally--only a few examples, such as Lamennais and Hermes).
The Congregation of the Index was abolished in 1917, when the rules on the reading of books were again reelaborated in the new Codex Iuris Canonici.
"Index of Prohibited Books", The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913: "The first Roman Index of Prohibited Books (Index librorum prohibitorum), published in 1559 under Paul IV, was very severe, and was therefore mitigated under that pontiff by decree of the Holy Office of 14 June of the same year.
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The new index, published at length by Clement VIII (1596), contained, besides additions to the catalogue of forbidden books, not only the ten rules but, directly after them, an instruction on the prohibition, expurgation, and printing of books, some remarks on the fourth and ninth rules, and on several of the forbidden books.
Regarding them paragraph 11 says: All books are forbidden that insult God or the Blessed Virgin Mary or the saints or the Catholic Church and her rites, the sacraments or the Apostolic See.
From the previously mentioned arrangement of all forbidden books in three groups it clearly follows that the Church not only keeps within the limits of her right, but also forbids only as much as she is bound to forbid by reason of her office as teacher and guide of all the faithful.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/03519d.htm   (9032 words)

 index of forbidden books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books) is a list of publications which Roman Catholics were banned from reading, "pernicious books", and also the rules of the Church relating to books.
The index was regularly updated until the 20th edition of 1948 with materials being added by either the Congregation or the Pope.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910, under 'Index': "The first Roman Index of Prohibited Books (Index librorum prohibitorum), published in 1559 under Paul IV, was very severe, and was therefore mitigated under that pontiff by decree of the Holy Office of 14 June of the same year.
www.yourencyclopedia.net /Index_of_Forbidden_Books.html   (390 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : The Index Of Forbidden Books
There are a thousand books forbidden by the rules of the Index for every one that is nominally mentioned in its specific list; and it is the spirit of the Index to protest against every bad book, whether named or not, that can harm the minds and hearts of the faithful.
Such books are calculated to corrupt minds that are too immature to form an independent judgment; and, whatever may have been the intention of their writers, the Church, as the guardian of her children, is bound to warn these against such contamination.
There is, however, a large and growing number of books which treat of religious subjects and which are written by non-Catholics who admire the stoic moral philosophy of men like Plato or Mark Aurelius, because their doctrine makes for the cultivation of the natural virtues of truthfulness, kindness, purity, thrift, and justice.
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 Index   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Pauline index, as it became known, was the first in a long succession of papal indexes, forty-two in all.
The purpose of these indexes was to guide censors in their decisions of what publications to authorize and which to disallow, for printers were not free to publish books without official permission.
This index constituted the most authoritative guide the church had yet published; its lists formed the basis of all subsequent indexes, while its rules were accepted as the guide for future censors and compilers.
library.lib.byu.edu /~aldine/51Index.html   (190 words)

 Index Librorum Prohibitorum
Grounds of censorship: The purpose of the "Index of Forbidden Books" was to prevent the contamination of the faith or the corruption of morals of Roman Catholics according to canon law, through the reading of theologically erroneous or immoral books.
The first "Index of Forbidden Books", banned for their heretical or ideologically dangerous content, was drawn up by order of Pope Paul IV and published in 1559 by the Sacred Congregation of the Roman Inquisition.
One must not claim that the condemnation of harmful books is a violation of freedom or a war against the Light of Truth, and that the index of forbidden books is a permanent attack against the progress of science and literature."
www.beaconforfreedom.org /about_database/index_librorum.html   (1227 words)

 Azenphony Press :: Religious Ground Preface
Book censorship in Western culture can be traced to the earliest years of Christianity, when the church began to suppress competing views as heretical.
It is impossible to discuss religious censorship of books without referring to the Index of Forbidden Books, described as the most successful censorial device of modern times, undoubtedly the most enduring.
In the forty-second and final Index issued in 1948 and in print until 1966, a total of 4,126 books were still prohibited to Catholics: 1,331 from the 17th century or earlier, 1,186 from the 18th century, 1,354 from the 19th and 255 from the 20th century.
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 Index of Forbidden Books 1515-1546   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A book was prohibited or put on the Index by decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Roman Inquisition, of the Sacred Office, or of the Index, which decree though approved by the pope (in formâ communi), always remained a purely congregational decree.
The secretary to the Congregation of the Index was empowered to communicate the strictures passed on censured books to the respective authors or their representatives — but to these only at the author's request.
The first Roman "Index of Prohibited Books" (Index librorum prohibitorum), published in 1559 under Paul IV, was very severe, and was therefore mitigated under that pontiff by decree of the Holy Office of 14 June of the same year.
www.livingepistle.org /News_Church_History/Index_Forbidden_Books1515-1546.htm   (1915 words)

For example, members must ask permission of their spiritual directors before reading any book, even if it is required reading for a university course.
In Catholic Sects: Opus Dei, Alberto Moncada says, "Members are practically forbidden to read anything but specialized professional literature without the superiors' permission, and even professional matters are ideologically tinted.
The organization's Index of Forbidden Books is longer than the Church's abolished version."
www.odan.org /forbidden_books.htm   (280 words)

 Forbidden Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Books on theology, Church history, canon law, natural theology and ethics, and all editions of the Bible or parts of it in any language.
Books, pamphlets and leaflets, printed or reproduced in any other way, which relate apparitions, visions, revelations, miracles, etc. not yet passed on by the Church; the plea that they are destined for private circulation does not exempt these publications.
Books, pamphlets and leaflets, which give catalogues of indulgences or new grants of them; also all writings which treat of subjects that are evidently of unusual importance for faith or morals at the time being.
www.baptistpillar.com /bd0462.htm   (460 words)

 The Galileo Project | Christianity | Congregation of the Index   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
For almost two centuries, the Index was updated periodically without major revisions, but beginning in 1664 the Index listed forbidden books not according to categories but simply alphabetically.
The Catholic Church has, however, not relinquished authority to forbid the reading of books that in its judgment are a danger to the faith and morals of Catholics.
For another, the book contained a preface (discovered by Kepler not to have been written by Copernicus) that stated that the geocentric system proposed in the book was only a mathematical hypothesis and made no claims about how the universe was really constituted.
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 open book: Forbidden Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Books of prayers for the public or private use of the faithful are not to be published without the permission of the local ordinary.
Books which regard questions pertaining to sacred scripture, theology, canon law, ecclesiastical history, and religious or moral disciplines cannot be used as texts on which instruction is based in elementary, middle, or higher schools unless they have been published with the approval of competent ecclesiastical authority or have been approved by it subsequently.
From the Preface of the Index of 1940.
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Sister Faustina and the Index of Forbidden Books ================================================ The argument is not whether Sister Faustina was holy; she may very well be a Saint in Heaven.
Pope John XXIII in 1958-59 placed the “diary" on the Index of Forbidden Books(Index Librorum Prohibitorum) mainly because of the different handwriting and different use of terms in the “diary”.
NOTE: Pope Paul VI in 1966 abolished the Index of Forbidden Books(the Index Librorum Prohibitorum), a most important Congregation that protected souls from error and heresy, thus cutting oneself apart from the Church.
truecatholic.bizland.com /FAUSTINA.TXT   (429 words)

 The Forbidden Library: Banned and Challenged Books
The school board declined to ban this book, but did decide that parents should be notified when it is used in class.
A teacher was dismissed for assigning this collection of short stories to her eleventh grade English class because the book promoted "the killing off of elderly people and free sex." The teacher brought suit and won in Parducci v.
Challenged at the Plymouth-Canton school system in Canton, Mich. (1987) because "this book details the teachings of the religion of Buddhism in such a way that the reader could very likely embrace its teachings and choose this as his religion." The last thing we need are a bunch of peaceful Buddhists running around.
title.forbiddenlibrary.com   (2834 words)

 Index of Forbidden Books
The Index Librorum Prohibitorum, as it is called in Latin, which is the language in which it was published, was last updated and published in 1948 (under Pius XII), and suppressed in 1966 (under Paul VI).
The real impetus for the Index and censorship was the rising Protestant tide and the dispersal of people the Church could not reach.
And a number of those who practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; and they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.
www.ronaldbrucemeyer.com /rants/0126almanac.htm   (813 words)

 The Vatican Bank   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A list of books which Catholics were formerly forbidden to read, possess or sell, under penalty of excommunication.
These books were banned by the Holy See after publication because their treatment of matters of faith and morals were judged to be erroneous or serious occasions of doctrinal error.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared June 14, 1966, that the Index and its related penalties of excommunication no longer had the force of law in the Church, Persons are still obliged, however, to take normal precautions against occasions of doctrinal error.
www.angelfire.com /ky/dodone/IndexForbiddenBooks.html   (245 words)

 B.V.M. Recommends Book Church Placed on Index? - Catholic Truth Publications
One of the hottest-selling books in Catholic stores today is Maria Valtorta's multivolume Poem of the Man-God, a book placed on the Church's Index of Forbidden Books in 1961, and condemned as recently as 1985 by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Colafrancesco, director of Caritas of Birmingham, a major promoter of Medjugorje messages, tours, and books, is only one of many distributors of the book in the United States, and says he has sold 5,000 to 10,000 copies of the multivolume set in the past year.
He said interest in the book was "sparked" when Marija Pavlovic, one of the Medjugorje seers, asked the Virgin Mary - at the request of a seminarian friend - if it was okay to read the book.
www.cathtruth.com /documents/medj.htm   (1708 words)

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In fact, "Poem" was included on the Index of Forbidden books until the abolition of the Index in the 1960s.
Maria Valtorta, author of "Poem," was born in 1897 into a sadly dysfunctional family, where she suffered emotional abuse at the hands of a despotic mother.
When volume four appeared, the Holy Office examined the "Poem" and condemned it, recommending that it be placed on the Index of Forbidden Books Dec. 16, 1959.
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The Holy See, then a political power, placed it on the Index of Forbidden Books in 1563, where it spent the next four centuries.
And since the English Parliament of 1643 wished to be able to ban books without protest, they naturally banned it.
It is one of the most censored books in schools throughout the English speaking world.
www.suite101.com /print_article.cfm/522/51096   (454 words)

 Index of Forbidden Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Index of Forbidden Books was a list of 4,200 books that the church authorities forbade Roman Catholics to read.
A book or manuscript that was suspected evil, would usually be located, examined, and even sometimes taken away.
A book can be placed on the Index of Forbidden Books, by having groups examine it, and find the book destructive in faith and morality.
www.northstar.k12.ak.us /schools/tan/lite/lit/Julie.html   (169 words)

 Nicolaus Copernicus
Two years later, he set down in a handwritten manuscript his ideas of a sun-centered solar system — a "heliocentric" system — ideas that were at extreme variance with Church doctrine, in which the earth was stationary and the sun revolved around God's creation.
It was about this time that Copernicus began to write the book in which his reputation resides: De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies).
But that was not until Galileo's first trial for heresy, in 1616, and Copernicus was by then beyond the reach of the Inquisition, having died, before he could read the first printing of his book, on this date in 1543.
www.ronaldbrucemeyer.com /rants/0524almanac.htm   (520 words)

On June 14, 1966, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith abrogated the Index of Forbidden Books.
Although the Index was abolished in 1966, the censure and prohibition of books already on the Index still retain their validity as to the moral law which totally forbids the dilution of faith and morals.
This index was scrapped by the authority of Pope Paul VI in 1965.
www.bardstown.com /~brchrys/DnlkEWTN.htm   (1158 words)

 Bentley Library Vatican Archives Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The specific task of the commission was to provide for the compilation of a new index of forbidden books and to revise the list published by Paul IV in 1559.
The new index with which the congregation had been charged was printed in 1590 but did not receive adequate distribution because of the death of the pope.
The Congregation of the Index was to be guided by these new decrees except that in the censorship of books the constitution Sollicita ac provida of Benedict XIV would continue in force.
www.umich.edu /~bhl/bhl/projects/vatican/sample.htm   (1485 words)

 Did Pope Urban VIII Really say "it is better to believe, than not..."?
While a book may not require an Imprimatur it is not true (nor never has been) that books on unapproved apparitions may be distributed.
Because this author made it very clear in the book, that he would not have published the book if the local bishop had not only approved the seer but also his interpretation of the story of the apparition.
That being the case, acceptance of a book on the true Virgin Mary had to be suppressed in order to protect the money and customer base created by the millions of dollars in the Medjugorje deception.
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In 1966, the Index of Forbidden Books was suppressed, and the ensuing censure against readers and editors of the Work was repealed in view of a revision of the material which was newly enforced in 1975.
We know that the suppression of the Index of Forbidden Books that has since supervened, even though it has taken away the juridical effect of that measure, keeps its whole moral value for it.
How many books read, conferences audited, courses of Spiritual Exercises, etc., etc. The Bible and Breviary since I was a young girl (I am now 65): all this, with the grace of the Lord, has furnished me with a certain preparation to evaluate a religious book.
www.marysremnant.org /Christmas/poeminfo.html   (7387 words)

 You Can't Read This
One of the reasons why we do not hear about the Index of Forbidden Books today is that its publication came to a rather inglorious end in 1966 when Cardinal Ottaviani, head of the Sacred Congregation of the Faith, declared that there would be no further editions of the Index.
In 1559 the first Roman Index of Forbidden Books was issued by Pope Paul IV.
Subsequent revisions of the Index occurred in 1596, 1664, 1753, and 1757.
www.users.cloud9.net /~recross/why-not/Forbidden.html   (1202 words)

 Condemned books | Ask MetaFilter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In the past, many books were banned by inclusion on the "Index of Forbidden Books".
Given that, the article is about another book by the author of The Da Vinci Code that is just as harsh on the Catholic Church.
The Index Librorum Prohibitorum is no longer in use, as of 1966.
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