WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 7, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The new Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be available starting March 31, says the U.S. bishops' conference.
The 200-page synthesis of the 1992 Catechism will be published exclusively by USCCB Publishing, the publishing office of the episcopate.
USCCB Publishing will launch the Compendium in English and Spanish at the 2006 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The paperback version will be available first with the hardcover to follow shortly after.
The Compendium consists of 598 questions and answers, echoing to some degree the format of the popular Baltimore Catechism which was a standard text in many Catholic parishes and schools from 1885 to the 1960s.
Monsignor Daniel Kutys, the episcopate's deputy secretary for catechesis, noted that the Compendium "is not meant to replace religion textbooks, but to augment and complement them."
The Compendium is available for order at www.usccbpublishing.org.
I ordered this book on January 4th. Amazon said and still says that it would be shipped sometime between February 3rd and February 17th. Now we find out that, after delays already, it's not going to be out until the end of March (I'm going to tack on an 'at the earliest' just because I'm feeling so pessimistic over this book at the moment).
I really hope that the USCCB is prepared to have a lot of copies out there, ready to go when the time comes...
And you know what else, the USCCB should be prepared to include with all the books of the first printing some kind of free special gift in gratitude to all of us waiting so patiently for so long.