Excerpt from A Commentary on the Present Index Legislation
The first part of the Pontifical Constitution goes seriatim into publications on Sacred Scripture, Ecclesiastical His tory, Philosophy, and Romance; and even descends to such apparently unimportant subjects as superstition, spiritualism, hypnotism, secret societies, and the socialistic literature of the Press. If doubts should arise as to whether such publications form suitable reading for the faithful, the present work fully explains the Rules for the discernment of spirits in such cases. Bishops and other Church functionaries are primarily responsible for the enforcement of these Rules.
The second part deals with the censorship of works which are about to be published. As required by previous legis lation, all works dealing with Sacred Scripture, Theology, Ethics, Canon Law, or Church History, must be submitted to ecclesiastical censorship before publication; and the Rules for the guidance of Censors, appointed or selected, are clearly set forth in the following work. But, according to an opinion, which seems to meet with the practically unanimous approval of commentators on the subject, an important change has been introduced under Rule 35. Whereas, hitherto, the Bishops of the place in which the work was to be printed exercised the sole right of Censorship, now this duty may devolve upon the Bishop of any Diocese in which the work to be published will circulate.
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