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…
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”.