The Index Librorum Prohibitorum,also known as the Index of Forbidden Texts, was a list of material banned by the Catholic Church. The Index was originally published in the 1500's with the last edition published in 1948. The books and articles listed were banned in order to protect followers from immoral or blasphemous material. In 1966, the Church officially ceased the support and use of the Forbidden Index.The Index was famous for requiring nine sentences in the Copernicus treatise to be corrected.
Apparently the Index is being revived for covid-19!
The pope met with the International Catholic Media Consortium on COVID-19 Vaccines, which runs the website catholic-factchecking.com.
“We can hardly fail to see that these days, in addition to the pandemic, an ‘infodemic’ is spreading: a distortion of reality based on fear, which in our global society leads to an explosion of commentary on falsified if not invented news,” the pope said.
“Contributing, often unwittingly, to this climate is the sheer volume of allegedly ‘scientific’ information, comments and opinions, which ends up causing confusion for the reader or listener.”