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
Work Cited


The Church has had a long history with the suppression of books. Of all the different ways in which the Church has tried to censor books probably the most famous, most influential and longest lasting has to be the Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The Church’s love of books and of teaching led her into this downward spiral of censorship. The Church realized the potential impact books had on society and used this power when creating 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.