Mandate and Mission

Mandate for the Subcommittee

The subcommittee is under the direction of and assists the Committee by evaluating catechetical materials vis-à-vis the Catechism of the Catholic Church and by overseeing copyright permission for use of the Catechism. The subcommittee provides consultation to the standing committee on issues and topics related to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, including issues of pastoral use.

This mandate includes the following areas of particular responsibility:

On its own authority:

  • Reviews catechetical materials voluntarily submitted by publishers to determine if they conform doctrinally to the Catechism of the Catholic Church;
  • Invites bishops to participate in conformity reviews and identifies reviewers to assist them;
  • Oversees copyright permission for usage of the Catechism.

Mission Responsibilities

  1. Assists the standing committee by overseeing the use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church especially in regard to the development of catechetical materials that present Church teachings authentically and completely.
  2. Assists the standing committee by overseeing copyright permission for use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.
  3. In consultation and agreement of the standing committee maintains and evaluates guidelines for permission to use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  4. Provides consultation on the use of the Catechism to the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and other conference committees on issues related to the Catechism when requested, including advising and representing the bishops.
  5. Assists the standing committee by keeping bishops informed of matters related to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Mission Relationships

  1. With bishops and diocesan offices concerning the Catechism
  2. With conference committees for permission use and publication of the Catechism
  3. With catechetical organizations and associations concerning use of the Catechism
  4. With Catholic publishing houses
  5. With the Holy See and with other episcopal conferences at the request of the standing committee and under the direction of the Conference officers.