pre-publications sales at over 40,000, the USCCB is expecting to sell
up to 200,000 copies in the first year. A publishing rule of thumb is
that pre-publication sales amount to one-third of first year sales.
synthesis of the 1992 Catechism, available in English and in Spanish,
will be officially available March 31. It has been available by special
order for the last few weeks.
XVI promulgated the Compendium last year, attesting to its faithfulness
to the Catechism. It “contains, in concise form, all the essential and
fundamental elements of the Church’s faith,” he assured.
hope that it “may awaken in the Church of the third millennium renewed
zeal for evangelization and education in the faith.”
which is organized in 598 easy questions and answers, was initiated by
his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, in response to an urgent need
expressed by catechetical experts worldwide.
Paperback copies cost $14.95; hardcover books cost $24.95.
To order, go to www.usccbpublishing.org.
may not make the New York Times Bestsellers’ List, but the U.S.
bishops’ publishing office is expecting the soon-to-be-released
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to become a major