Why doesn't the CCC have an Imprimatur?


#1

This may be a silly question, but why doesn’t the Catechism of the Catholic Church have a ‘Nihil Obstat’ and ‘Imprimatur’ stamp at the front?


#2

I’m just guessing here, but maybe those are only applicable to outside publications which seek Church approval, not to official publications of the Church herself.


#3

Because it is a Church document, promulgated by the Pope. I don’t believe you will find them on any papal encyclicals either.


#4

Thanks :thumbsup:


#5

It doesn’t have the Nihil Obstat because that would be a lower church official saying “nothing obstructs” the publication. It doesn’t have the Imprimateur brecause that would be a lower church official indorsing the work.

Note that it does have John Paul the Great’s Apostolic Letter introducing it.


#6

The CCC has an introductory letter by Pope John Paul II and he has signed the letter.


#7

I don’t know if this is the same thing but between the title page and the table of contents my copy has:
Imprimi Potest
+Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Interdicasterial Comimission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


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