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Redmond A. Burke, C.S.V., (Clerici Sancti Viatoris)(Cleric of St
Viateur) PH.D. Director of Libraries.
Nihil obstat: John P. Lynch, C.S.V. (Clerici Sancti
Imprimi potest: John F. Brown, C.S.V. Provincial.
Nihil obstat: Patrick M. J. Clancy, O.P.,
J.C.D., Censor deputatus. (Ordo Praedicatorum(Dominicans) (Juris Canoici
Doctor (Doctor of Both Laws - Cival and Canon).
Imprimatur: ?Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archiepiscopus
Chicagiensis. March 17th 1952.
©, 1952, Bruce Publishing
Company. Made in the USA (second print)
"To Richard J. French, C.S.V. & Sister
M. Reparata, O.P. for every good reason."
There is a considerable body of literature in Latin on the
Catholic Church regulations of reading and on the censorship of books in
advance of publication. But in the English Language, we have little except
learned canonical treatises, which without exception are written only for
the scholar or which verge on the polemic.
As a student in the Graduate Library School for the
University of Chicago, the writer presented a dissertation on the literary
policy of the Catholic Church, in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the doctorate. This theme was chosen because, as a lay student in the
University of Illinois before beginning study for the priesthood, the
author had searched in vain for concise, reliable guidance in applying the
principles of the Church to his own study. The present work attempts
to supply this by co-ordinating a factual descriptrion of the modern
system of the Church's book legislation with an exposition of its
rationale, as expounded by authoritative canon lawyers.
The chief shortcoming of most books treating of moral
problems is that they are intended primarily to meet the needs of
professional theologians. This present work is written from the
point of view of culture at large and in language that should be
understood by the average layman, Catholic and non-Catholic.
When the manuscript was first submitted to the graduate
Library School, the author was extremely grateful that his academic
director was Professor Pierce Butler, who gave unstintingly of his time in
numerous conferences and offerd many suggestions. Acknowledgment is
also due to other teachers, Professors Leon Carnovsky, Bernard Berelson,
and Joachim Wach, who took time to read the first draft of the manuscript
in its entirety and to suggest improvements.
Since then the dissertation has been revised for
presentation in book form. Although space limitations prevent a listing of
all who have co-operated in this transformation, the writer must express
his special gratitude for the aid given by Joseph Donovan, C.M.,
Sister M, Jeremy, O.P., Jeanette M. Lynn, M. Lillian Ryan, and more
particularly by Pierce Butler, who has been acutely perceptive of the
Catholic viewpoint and keenly interested in its exposition.
Redmond A Burke C.S.V.
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View Introduction 2 4
1 Historical Backround 6 8
2 Censorship of Books in Advance of
Publication 12 14 16 18
3 Condemnation of Published Books 20 22 24
4 General Classes of Forbidden
28 30 32 34 36 38
5 Methods of Examining Books by the Congregation of the Holy
Office 42 44
6 The Index of Forbidden Books 46 48 50 52 54 56 58
7 Penalties for Violation 62 64
8 Permission to Read Forbidden Books 68 70 72 74
9 Promotion of Reading 78
Appendix A: Censorship of Special Classes 80 82 84 86
Appendix B, Law and Censorship of Special Classes of
Appendix B - INDEX - Forbidden Authors and Titles - Complete Works Forbidden List > Table I
Appendix B - INDEX - Forbidden Authors and
Titles - Specific Works Forbidden List
> Table II
Appendix B - INDEX - Forbidden Authors and Titles
- Novelists Table III.
Appendix B - INDEX - Specific by Abbe
Bethleem - READABLE BOOKS
Appendix B -
INDEX - Forbidden
Titles Authors English
Language - Table V.
Appendix C, (The Great Books Program)
Appendix C, (Great Books Program) Specific Books Permmited AND
The Great Books Foundation
Sources of GOOD Law Listing.
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