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1. Le voleur d’ ombres (2010) [O Ladrão de sombras]

LEVY, Marc

Assessment: L-B1 

2. A engomadeira (1915)


Assessment: L-B2 

3. El turbión (1967)


Assessment: L-B2 

4. Garoé (2011)


Assessment: L-A2 

5. Maria Zef (1936) [Maria Zef]

DRIGO, Paola

Assessment: L-B1 

7. Science says NO!: The Gay 'Marriage' Deception (2015)


Assessment: P-A2 

9. Five quarters of the Orange (2002) [Cinco cuartos de naranja // Cinco quartos de Laranja]

HARRIS, Joanne

Assessment: L-B2 

10. The Wisdom of Depression (1998) [De la depresión a la ilusión. Cómo recuperar el bienestar emocional por métodos naturales]

ZUESS, Jonathan

Assessment: P-B2 

11. The Crysanthemums (1937) [Los Crisantemos]


Assessment: L-A2 

12. Cirlot. Ser y no ser de un poeta único (2016)


Assessment: P-B2 

13. La Biblioteca Fajardo (2015)


Assessment: L-A2 

14. Palabra de sal (2015)


Assessment: L-A2 

15. The House at Riverton (2011) [The Shifting Fog (La casa de Riverton]


Assessment: L-B1 

17. Twilight of the Ascendancy (1987)


Assessment: L-A1 

18. The Framing of Harry Gleeson (2015)

FAGAN, Kieran

Assessment: L-A2 

Subject: Literature.

20. G.K. Chesterton. A Biography (2011)

KER, Ian

Assessment: P-A2 

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The book tells the story of a journey made by a young woman, Alice, from London to Istanbul, to discover the truth behind the words of a fortune-teller who told her that she had two lives. Alice leads a quiet life as a creator of perfumes. She has several friends, who like her are artists in their spare time, but when a fortune-teller declares that her roots are very far from London, she sets off in the company of a neighbour, Mr. Daldry... read more



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In the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Wuerl helped establish an advertising campaign, "The Light is On for You", which invited people to return to Confession: "Welcome! Our doors are open and the light is on". All the churches in the diocese had a priest available for confession on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Therefore, everyone Catholic would know that they could go to any Catholic church during that time and be able to confess their sins... read more



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The story of a teenager’s holidays by the sea. His parents had lived through the “holocaust” and so he finds it difficult to relate with them. In the coastal city where he is on holidays, he falls in love with a girl. He also has to face hurricane “Gertrude”. An interesting and agreeable book, full of human warmth... read more



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The sacrament of penance is one the “masterpieces” of God’s wisdom, a God who always forgives. That’s how Jesus explained it with the parable of the prodigal son. Moreover, frequent confession allows Christians to make amazing progress, because it not only cures and regenerates the harm caused by sin, but it also gives a joy and peace that other means cannot give, and which fill the soul with vitality... read more



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Hell's Corner
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Oliver Stone is an American ex-agent, or better still, an assassin who worked for the American government and retired. During a walk, he witnesses by chance a murder attempt against the UK’s Prime Minister in the park in front of the White House. The President of the USA asks him personally to investigate the case and promises to re-instate him and destroy his personal file... read more


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What do the moral assessments mean in relation to works of literature?

The assessments are divided into two groups, one for Literature (L) and the other for Thought (P). For Literature the assessments are as follows:

  •  L-A1: Nothing morally inappropriate.
  •  L-A2: Nothing morally inappropriate, although may be unsuitable for younger readers (e.g. because there are topics requiring a certain maturity on the part of the reader).
  •  L-B1: Some morally inappropriate content.
  •  L-B2: Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
  •  L-C1: Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
  • L-C2: Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
  •  L-C3: Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.

What do the moral assessments mean in relation to non-fiction works?

Works of Thought (P) are assessed according to the degree of knowledge required to evaluate the implications of affirmations made with respect to the Christian faith.

  • P-A1 or P-A2: These books present doctrinal matters in accordance with the teaching of the Church as set out, for example, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They avoid complicated topics and subjects not yet theologically settled. They are grouped according to whether or not they require a certain minimum of Christian formation.
    •  P-A1: General readership.
    •  P-A2: Readers with general cultural or basic Christian formation.
  • P-B1 or P-B2: To appreciate how certain topics impinge on the faith, the reader requires a good cultural formation with respect to the matters dealt with (P-B1), or even university-level studies in these areas (P-B2). In particular, these books may take for granted certain widely-held opinions opposed to the faith, even though such ideas may not be central to their argument – and can be easily detected by readers with a certain amount of formation.
    •  P-B1: Requires prior general knowledge of the subject.
    •  P-B2: Readers with Christian formation and knowledgeable about the subject matter.
  • P-C1, P-C2 or P-C3: Because of the implications of the topics dealt with, or the need to be aware of the reasons why some of the theories set out in the book are invalid, it is always necessary for the reader to have very good formation in the area in question, whether university-level (P-C1) or specialist (e.g. a doctorate: P-C2). Hence the assessments place emphasis on the objective content of the book, rather than on its possible readership. The P-C3 assessment is reserved for those works which set out to contradict or deny certain aspects of the faith or the teachings of the Catholic Magisterium.
    •  P-C1: Contains doctrinal errors of some importance.
    •  P-C2: Whilst not being explicitly against the faith, the general approach or its main points are ambiguous or opposed to the Church’s teachings.
    •  P-C3: Incompatible with Catholic doctrine.

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