We are excited to announce that, after a thorough months-long review of its materials, the Culture of Life Studies Program has received an imprimatur from the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, for many of the materials in our catalog.

An imprimatur is an important step for the Culture of Life Studies Program as we work to integrate pro-life education into more and more dioceses and Catholic schools.

What does the word imprimatur mean?

Imprimatur is Latin for “let it be printed.” An imprimatur means that a book or printed work has been reviewed by a diocesan censor and found to not contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church. An imprimatur is a bishop’s official permission for a work to be printed.

An imprimatur also includes a nihil obstat from the diocesan censor, which means “nothing hinders” the work from being published.

Books that have an imprimatur have the following printed inside, usually near the copyright information: “The nihil obstat and imprimatur are official declarations that a book or pamphlet is free of doctrinal or moral error. No implication is contained therein that those who have granted the nihil obstat and imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.”

These Culture of Life Studies Program supplements have received an imprimatur and nihil obstat:

Pro-Life Prints
Caring for the Least of These
Life Is Precious
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Honoring the Patroness of Preborn Children
The Christmas Star
Do Small Things with Great Love: St. Teresa of Calcutta
When Heroes Become Saints: St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai
Defend Life: The Beauty of the Developing Human Being
Dr. Jérôme Lejeune and Trisomy 21
Dream of the Rood
La Culture de la Vie: Teaching the Culture of Life in French Class
Giving with a Happy Heart: Teaching the Culture of Life in Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
Embracing a Culture of Life: Blessed Chiara Luce Badano
Pro-Life Citizenship
The Power of One: Nellie Gray and the March for Life
Who Was the Real Margaret Sanger?

We are currently in the process of obtaining imprimaturs for all of the items in our catalog. Visit to see a list of the supplements that have an imprimatur and a nihil obstat. We will continue to add to this list as we obtain approval.