Swansong of clerical censorship in Quebec: the journal Lectures (1946-1966)

In 1946 the Catholic publishers Fides launched Lectures, a journal aimed at directing information professionals towards their choice of works. Lectures will offer, up until 1965, some moral ratings in addition to their critical assessments. Obscene literature and relations between art and the moral code are at the centre of the concerns of the journal, which emphasises the dangers of an individualistic conception of culture and justifies the censorship of State and the Index. The study of Lectures throws light on the history of clerical censorship in Quebec.