A little over a year ago, I reverted to the Catholic faith, and things have been going very well. I posted very regularly on this forum, but now use it occasionally. I would like some perspectives on an issue so I’d be grateful to get yours!
I use to read a lot of novels, but when I converted, there was so much for me to read about Catholicism that I haven’t really read any fiction for a year. Well, now I’d like to start again, but my first two attempts involved picking up supposedly reputed books, but they contained impure content, to the point that I had to put them down.
Also, I know that the Church used to have an index of books not to read. I am in a bit of a tricky situation vis-a-vis this index, because as a philosophy student most of the 16th to 20th century books that I have studied are on it! I would like to avoid reading offending literature in my free time too…
Now for my questions. Is reading a bad book a sin in itself, meaning exposing oneself to it, or is just indulging in impure passages and false philosophies (for example) the true sin? Secondly, if you are a reader of fiction, how do you choose your books? I thought about only reading Catholic authors, but that feels sad. My two favorite novels are by non-Catholics (Dickens and Tolstoy), and I really appreciate the opening onto different perspectives that good literature can give.
Thank you for your thought and perspectives! Robert