.- TheÂ publisherÂ of the Italian-language edition of a youth catechism has pulled it fromÂ productionÂ because of a translation error implying the Catholic Churchâs approval of contraception.
The book âYouCatâ was presented officially at a Vatican press conference on April 13. Nuova Citta, the catechismâs Italian publisher, has pulled the Italian copies to fix the error, the Associated Press reports.
The catechism, which teaches readers in a question-and-answer format, addresses fertility regulation in Question 420.
The Italian-language edition asked âCan a Christian couple have recourse to contraceptive methods?â It answered âYes, a Christian couple can and should be responsible in its faculty of being able to give life.â
Father Joseph Fessio, SJ,Â the head of Ignatius Press, which is publishing âYouCatâ in English, said that the Italian version incorrectly translates the German word âempfÃ¤ngnisregelung.â While the word literally means âbirth regulationâ and can signify natural family planning, it is also sometimes used to refer to âbirth controlâ through contraceptive means.
The Italian version of the youth catechism wrongly rendered the German word as âmetodi anticoncezionali,â meaning âcontraceptive methods.â
The Catholic Church has always opposed the use of contraception. In the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, its use is described as âintrinsically evil.â
âThe problem did not originate with the German text,â Ignatius Press President Mark Brumley said in a statement on the publisherâs website, âat least not if the Italian translation is based on the same German text as that on which Ignatius Press based its translation.â
The English and German versions of the youth catechism did not contain the error made in the Italian translation.
Fr. Fessio told the AP the translation error was âan embarrassmentâ but not a change in Church teaching.
He said Nuova Citta had printed 45,000 Italian copies, 15,000-16,000 of which were already sold.
Organizers of World Youth Day have already ordered 700,000 copies of âYouCatâ in various languages to give to young pilgrims along with a sleeping bag, a map and other accessories.
The development of the 300-page youth catechism was overseen by Cardinal Archbishop Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, who edited the 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church. The German text of âYouCatâ received the approval of the Austrian bishops in March 2010.