World Youth Day deadline for Catechism Compendium release

The long-awaited Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be ready in time for World Youth Day 2005, which will take place in Cologne, Germany.

Sources from the Holy See informed Catholic News Agency that the Compendium, which will summarise the original Catechism, is in the revision stages and should be ready in time for the coming WYD which Pope Benedict XVI will attend.

The Compendium was requested by the bishops of the world at the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism, and the task was entrusted by Pope John Paul II to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Now, as Pope himself, Benedict XVI will approve its publication.

Sources said the Compendium is "more of a synthesis than a simplification," that is, "the theological language used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be almost completely retained."

However, they said the Compendium "balances this continuity in the language with the simplification of some concepts to make them more accessible to the reader."

Compendium of Catechism to be ready for publication in time for WYD 2005 (Catholic News Agency 18/5/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day
World Youth Day - Australian site

Ratzinger preparing concise version of Catechism (CathNews 28/4/04)
Pope requests publication of concise Catechism (CathNews 10/3/03)
Cardinal Ratzinger Says Catechism Is a Manual for Happiness (Zenit 8/10/02)

19 May 2005