Father Arul Raj, executive secretary of the bishops’ Bible and Catechetical Commission, said at a press conference in Bangalore when announcing the publication, that the release of the U.S. catechism simplified their task.
“With evangelical forthrightness” the Catechism “must be able to show why the Kingdom of God announced by Jesus offers light and hope,” said Father Arul Raj.
The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an adaptation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church promulgated in 1992 by Pope John Paul II, who urged that local catechisms be elaborated to address specific situations in different countries.
The Catechism for Adults, elaborated by the bishops’ conference of the United States and published last July 31, sold 25,000 copies in just two weeks. It was six years in the making, after it was authorized by the U.S. prelates.
Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, then bishop of Pittsburgh, presided over the committee of five bishops that supervised its publication.