The volume is an adaptation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1992. The Catechism for Adults took six years to complete and was launched July 31.
Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., then bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, headed the Catechism’s editorial committee, made up of five bishops.
The 600-page volume follows the same structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and includes a preface.
Each of the 36 chapters begins with either the history of a saint, biblical figure or exemplary Catholic, the majority Americans, in order to highlight the contribution of American Catholics to the Church and their own society.
The volume is in response to John Paul II’s request, when promulgating the Catechism of the Catholic Church, that local catechisms be elaborated to address specific national needs and situations.