Question 1 in a series of Q’s and A’s concerning the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults (ICCA).

Introduction: On Monday 9th (ICCA) was launched by His Eminence Seán Cardinal Brady in Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Question 1:

What is the ‘Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults’ (ICCA)?

Answer 1:

The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults is a sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine to adults in Ireland. It is an adaptation of the ‘United States Catholic Catechism for Adults’ (USCCA); it has been prepared under the direction of the Irish Episcopal Conference, approved by the archbishops and bishops of Ireland and been granted a recognitio (approval) by the Holy See.

In 2008 Seán Cardinal Brady, on behalf of the Irish Episcopal Conference, wrote to His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI, the then President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops seeking permission to adapt the USCCA for use in Ireland. In the same year approval for such an adaptation was granted by the North American Conference and consequently work on the Irish adaptation took place 2008-2013. In 2013 the revised text called the Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults (ICCA) was approved by the Irish Episcopal Conference and forwarded to Rome for a recognitio. The recognitio approving the text of the ICCA was granted at the beginning of 2014.


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