The Roman Catholic Church's Index
By Cera Schachter
Precursors to the Creation of the Index
Lifespan of the Index
Repercussions of not Following the Index
Demise of the Index
Throughout the centuries the church has had a major influence on the way devout Roman Catholics
have lived their lives. The church has told its followers what is and what is not acceptable,
in order to serve God to the best of their abilities. This has been done through such things
as banning certain contraceptive methods, by not allowing divorce as well as by banning books.
The banning of books is what will be looked at within this paper. The Roman Catholic Church banned
certain books and made an index of all these banned books. The index is called the Roman Catholic
Index Librorum Prohibitorum or in English the Index of Prohibited Books. In this paper we will
look at the history of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, which includes the precursors to creating
the Index, the lifespan of the Index as well as the demise of the Index. Within the lifespan of
the Index we will look closer at the rise and fall of the Index, what rules there were for choosing
books to be placed on the Index as well as how effective the Index was at prohibiting people from reading
the books that were written within the Index.
This paper was originally written in December 2006 as part of the course requirements
for LIS 586: History of the Book.
It has been updated and converted to a web document to
meet the requirements of LIS 600: Capping Exercise.
Created by Cera Schachter on February 27,2007.