L I B R A R Y
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THE INDEX OF FORBIDDEN BOOKS
RECENT HISTORY OF THE INDEX
RECENT HISTORY OF THE INDEX
1966 - Cardinal Ottaviani, head of the Sacred Congregation of the Faith, declared there would be no further editions of the Index. [It had become a public embarrassment to Rome]
2007 - "This does not mean, however, that whatever has been contained on the Index is now automatically permitted reading for all Catholics." - New Catholic Encyclopedia
500 pages in length. The TEXT is kept in Latin. The Introduction in Italian. Contains two forms of Prohibitive CENSORSHIP. (1) Authors which summarily forbid viewing of anything produced by the person mentioned and individual (2) works.
The topical range is so inclusive it must be organized by category.
- Theology (the greatest number of works fall into this category)
- Philosophy ( including economics, political and social sciences )
- Literary (novels and romances)
- Travelogues (especially concerning Rome)
- Female authors
- Protestant & Jewish writers
- All TRANSLATIONS of the BIBLE (on the list at one time. Personal Possession of a Bible was considered illegal)
AUTHORS SUMMARILY CENSORED
Henri Bergson - three works
Immanuel Kant - "Critique of Pure Reason"
John Locke - "An Essay on Human Understanding"
Blaise Pascal - "The Provinical Letters" and "Pensées" (only the edition with notes by Voltaire)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - "The Social Contract" and "Emile"
Michel Montaigne - Essays
John Stuart Mill - "Principles of Political Economy"
Diderot and d'Alembert - French encyclopedists
Charles Louis de Montesquieu - "The Spirit of the Laws" (a work that greatly influenced Jefferson, Hamilton and John Jay)
Virginia Paganini - "Moral and Practical Guide for a Mother of the People" (1891)
Edward Gibbon - "History of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire"
Pierre Larousse - 17 volume "Grand Dictionnaire Universel du 19ème Siècle"
Charles Maurras - "Action Française"
Dr. Auge-Louis Hesnard
Daniel Defoe - "Political History of the Devil"
Oliver Goldsmith - "History of England"
Rafaele Ciocci - "A Narrative of the Iniquities and Barbarities Practiced in Rome in the 19 th Century" (1845)
Luigi Pianciani - "Rome of the Popes" (1860)
Mathilda Marchot - "Truth on the Condition at Loigny in the Diocese of Chartres" (1890)
Heinrick Heine - works
Gustave Flaubert - "Madame Bovary"
Victor Hugo - "Les Misérables" "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Stendhal - all love stories
Honoré Balzac - all love stories
Amantine Lucille Aurore Dudevant (George Sand) - all love stories
Alexandre Dumas (father and son) - all love stories
Jean de Lafontaine - tales, fables, verses, etc.
Gabriel Rosetti - four works
Lady Morgan Sydney - "Italy - a Journal of a Residence in That Country Exhibiting a View of the State of Society, etc." 1822
Charlotte Ann Waldie - "Rome in the 19 th Century in a Series of Letters Written During a Residence in Rome 1817-1818."
Michael Hobart Seymour - "A Pilgrimage to Rome" (1851)
OTHER AUTHORS SUMMARILY CENSORED
1655 - Antoine Arnauld (father and son) 1655 (20 works)
1663 - René Descartes
1703 - Thomas Hobbes
1804 - François Voltaire
1870 - Princess Carolyn-Elizabeth Sayn-Wittgenstein - two of her 24-volume "Causes Intérieuresde la Faiblesse Extérieure de l'Eglise en 1870."
1898 - Emile Zola
1898 - James Duggan - 1898 "Steps Toward Reunion" [A work on Ecumenicism]
1914 - Maurice Maeterlinck
1922 - Anatole France
1922 - André Gide
1932 - Alfred Loisy - six works
1948 - Jean-Paul Sartre
1952 - Alberto Moravia
AUTHORS & WORKS NOT PLACED ON "INDEX OF FORBIDDEN BOOKS"
DEEMED "WORTHY OF THE PUBLIC GOOD"
Sergius Nilus - The Protocols of Zion [A forgery by a Russian Orthodox priest]
Henry Ford - The International Jew [Jewish Conspiracy Theory used by Hitler]
W.D.Griffith - Birth Of A Nation [glorified the KKK ]
Hienrich Himmler - Propagandist for promotion of Nazi Holocaust doctrine