Ecclesiastical Approval vs. Imprimatur

Hi all,

I read Louis Bouyer’s fascinating “The Word, the Church, and the Sacraments” and noticed, in the front cover, that the Ignatius Press copy I have doesn’t have an Imprimatur. Instead, there’s a note saying that it’s “published with ecclesiastical approval.”

Can anyone explain to me the difference between these two statuses?

I was surprised that Bouyer’s text, which seems thoroughly orthodox especially considering his position within the Vatican II committees, didn’t have an Imprimatur.

Thanks in advance.

Here’s a link that says more than you’re probably looking for.
But As far as our friends at Paraclete Press, they publish for other churches as well as Catholics. Hence the “approvals”.

catholicdoors.com/faq/qu89.htm

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