Index Librorum Prohibitorum

The Index Librium Prohibitorum was a list of authors and their associated works that were banned by the Catholic Church. It first began to appear in 1529 and was abolished in 1966 by Pope Paul IV. The point of the index was to curb the production of heretical, anti-clerical or politically dangerous material from being printed, that for the most part, ran the risk of endangering the eternal destination of the human soul. In this day and age, of free information, this may be seen as an evil and oppressive use of force, however, it was necessary. Many of the authors that got added to the list included nearly all the Enlightenment Philosophers and even with the index they still ended up brining about their evil worldview and the near genocide of France. That alone should be an indication of the reason behind such a list.

Now although the list is no longer forbidden it is still advised that one be well educated in their faith before reading, or refrain all together the reading of the material. It is also recommended that theological material still be submitted to local ordinary for approval. Now, the main reason behind the lifting of the ban is because after the fall of Monarchy and the rise of freedom of press it became near impossible to keep up with the material being put out. Therefore, the ban was lifted.

As someone who earned a degree in Political Thought much of my studies involved the reading of these banned books. I find this disturbing, not for myself, but for the amount of people who accept these books a truth and have no faith in Christ or his Church. Due to the fact that our modern foundation is built on enlightenment principles, many of these authors are seen as heroes. They include…

Thomas Hobbes

Rousseau

Voltaire

John Stuart Mill

All of these authors espouse some dangerous ideology. Now the academic study of these authors alone is not what bothers me. The most bothersome thing for me was the fact that in all my years of political thought we never read people such as Joseph de Maistre, Louis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald, Juan Donoso Cortes, or any of the opposing counter-revolutioanry thought.

 

But, such are the fruits of the modern world and secular liberal education. Where evil words and deceptive lies are allowed to reign free because to modern man truth is “subjective”.

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15 thoughts on “Index Librorum Prohibitorum

    1. Mill isn’t horrible. I disagree with his ethics. They are very consequentialist and utilitarian. Yes Hobbes promotes a form of Monarchy but in a very absolute all encompassing “federal government” kind of way. Also his monarchy denied any religious aspect of the King as a reflection of the divine hierarchy. He’s by far the most authoritarian enlightenment thinker, but he’s also one of earliest.

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      1. He has this great quote about how the problem with a country is that it’s built up of different nations. People spend so much time focusing on differences that they forget what the real enemy is…the government. Think Protestants in a Catholic country

        Hobbes I didn’t like at first but started to appreciate a strong ruler, as I read more St Thomas Aquinas and learned more about history and such. Admittedly I used to be more of a libertarian (social conservative though) bc I hate government but realized it was more of democracy that I didn’t like

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      2. I am actually a former libertarian. So at one point I did enjoy a lot of those classical liberal writers. I find it funny that a lot of reactionaries and neoreactioraries I meet all came from libertarianism. Seems to be an interesting phenomenon. If you would have told me 6 years ago I was going to become a Monarchist I would have called you crazy.

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  1. As you said, the works of these authors are out there and easily accessible for anyone with money or a computer or a library card. Yet the works of counter-enlightenment figures are available as well, albeit more difficult to secure. This, at least in my view, is done to give the whole ‘freedom of the press’ thing some legitimacy as no one can truly complain that censorship is around if you can still get the material. But that isn’t to say that it is easy and various other factors (like social standing, political understanding, cost, etc) dissuade all but the most interested in seeking them out.

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