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Prot. N. 20052247

In a letter of the 10th January 2005, the Most Rev. William S. Skylstad,

President of the

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

, in accord with the

provisions of the

Apostolic Constitution: Pastor bonus

, number 94, Canon 775,

§2, of the

Code of Canon Law

and number 285, of the

General Directory for


, having obtained the previous assent of the Bishops of the United States

Conference of Bishops, requested from the Holy See, the necessary “


for the catechism entitled

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults


As required, the text was examined by both the Congregation for the Clergy

and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, within the terms of refer-

ence of their particular competencies. In a letter of 5th October 2005, (Prot. N.

78/2005-21822), the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith indicated its dis-

positions in regard to the text.

The required modifications of both Congregations have been amalgamated

and are attached. The inclusion of these modifications into the text is a necessary

condition to the granting of the “


This being said, the Congregation for the Clergy, by this Decree, hereby grants

the requested “


” in accord with its above mentioned authority, to the text


United States Catechism for Adults

, presented on the 10th January 2005.

With the granting of this “


” and the previous inclusion of the modi-

fications indicated, this text will become the “Definitive Text” of the

United States

Catechism for Adults

. Any subsequent revisions will require that the necessary

approvals be obtained, in accord with the law.

This Decree is to be published in its entirety at the beginning of the text of the

United States Catechism for Adults


Given at the Seat of the Congregation for the Clergy.

22nd November 2005

Feast of St. Cecilia.

Darío Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos


Csaba Ternyák

Titular Archbishop of Eminentiana