Message Apr 8, 2006

The Compendium of the Catechism is finally available. (Purchased my copy today. )

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a 204-page synthesis of the 1992 catechism It is available in paperback from USCCB Publishing, the publishing office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. A hardcover edition will follow shortly.

The compendium, made up of 598 questions and answers, echoes to some degree the format of the Baltimore Catechism, which was standard in many U.S. Catholic parishes and schools from 1885 to the 1960s. It also includes two appendices — a list of Catholic prayers in English or Spanish, side by side with the Latin versions, and a list of “formulas of Catholic doctrine,” including the Ten Commandments, the beatitudes, the theological and cardinal virtues, and the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

The paperback version of the compendium, in English or Spanish, costs $14.95; the price for the hardcover book will be $24.95.

The compendium may be ordered online at:, or by phone at: (800) 235-8722.