Compendium of Catechism Available March 31

WASHINGTON, D.C., FEB. 7, 2006 ( 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