When the pope abolished the Index of Forbidden Books

Paul VI (PA)In establishing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Paul VI gave the congregation the duty of “carefully examin[ing] books that have been reported”, etc., but he made no mention of the status of the Index of Prohibited Books.[The clarification by the CDF, issued in response to queries, stated that the Index with its associated penalties would no longer be in force; however, the safeguarding of faith and morals from harmful publications, would remain a duty of the pastors of the Church as a part of the natural law.