Who are we?

Delibris.org is an initiative supported by the Midwest Theological Forum (MTF) that springs from the experiences of people that share a passion for reading and are interested in the Catholic perspective on books that have caught their attention.

There are many websites that provide literary information. In this book club, our goal is to provide orientation on the content of books, divided broadly into works of "literature" and works of "thought". In this way, users can get an idea of these books, with the help of their own experience.

Delibris.org grows and improves through readers’ collaboration. You can submit ratings and reviews of books you have read. However, sending a proposal for a book rating does not imply that it will be published immediately. First it has to be compared with other sources, to ensure that the new assessment is consistent with others available on the page.

We hope to help you in choosing the right book to read. St. John Paul II, speaking about his reading habits, pointed out a difficulty caused by the shortage of time in today's society. “This has always been a dilemma for me: What am I to read? I have always tried to choose what was most essential. So much has been published and not everything is valuable and useful. It is important to know how to choose and to consult others about what is worth reading. (...) In my reading and in my studies I have always tried to achieve a harmony between faith, reason, and the heart. These are not separate areas, but are profoundly interconnected, each giving life to the other" (John Paul II, Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way, Warner Books, New York 2004).

Coordinators: G. Jiménez, J. M. Cerveró y F. Izquierdo.
Regular contributors: C. Agulló, G. Bersani, M. Cook, A. Fernández, D. Gallagher, A. García, R. Isla, F. Jadraque, F. Livi, D. Oakley, L. Ramoneda,
D. Saint-Maurice, J. Soria, J. Verdiá.

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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.

What does the star mean ?

The star is used to recommend some of the books. Often they are classics which are part of the history of literature. We also recommend new publications and bestsellers which might be better than average for that genre or author.

What do the icons brief note and pdf means?

These icons indicate that a brief note is available supporting the assessment of the book, or that a review can be downloaded as a pdf file.

How are the assessments and the brief notes put together?

The assessments and brief notes are drawn up by one of the intellector.org coordinators after studying and weighing up the contributions and proposals received, possibly combining different opinons.

How can I contribute?

You can get involved by reviewing books (placing special emphasis on their moral contents), proposing an assessment of them, and sending them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You can also help by: sending links to reviews of a book appearing elsewhere on the web; sending material to help those studying important works; pointing out mistakes or errata; etc.