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All Good Books Are Catholic BooksPrint Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America$
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Una M. Cadegan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451126

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451126.001.0001

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The History and Function of Catholic Censorship, as Told to the Twentieth Century

The History and Function of Catholic Censorship, as Told to the Twentieth Century

(p.85) Chapter 4 The History and Function of Catholic Censorship, as Told to the Twentieth Century
All Good Books Are Catholic Books

Una M. Cadegan

Cornell University Press

This chapter traces the history of the Catholic regulation of books and reading and describes the censorship system in the twentieth century. It begins by focusing on the Index of Forbidden Books and its histories, along with its place in the imagination of twentieth-century Catholicism. It then considers the process by which the Index went from being an accepted element of Catholic regulation of reading and publication to its abrogation in the year following the close of the Second Vatican Council. It argues that the Index of Forbidden Books was a reflection of the larger process by which Catholic literary and intellectual culture both resisted and accommodated to modernity more generally. It also discusses the codification of the rules for the Index's procedures and functioning in the apostolic constitutions and their implementation by the Congregation of the Holy Office, then by the Congregation for the Index (from 1571 to 1917), and again by the Congregation of the Holy Office.

Keywords:   regulation of books, reading, censorship, Index of Forbidden Books, Catholicism, Catholic literary culture, modernity, Congregation of the Holy Office

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