Throughout its history, Family Formation has strived to provide families with solid catechesis in line with the teachings and authority of the Catholic Church. In the very beginning, the parents who developed the home and classroom lessons were under the direct supervisory care of our pastor, Father Tim Nolan. As the program moved beyond our parish boundaries, each lesson was reviewed and refined by someone with a degree in Theology. In January 2007, Rev. Michael Byron granted Family Formation the Nihil Obstat, followed by the granting of an imprimatur by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Since that time, we have reviewed the criteria for conformity as set forth by the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism, and we continue to work to align our materials with their very worthy standards. In addition, prior to his death, the late Reverend Richard M. Hogan (1) reviewed a portion of the materials and provided feedback to ensure the curriculum is theologically sound and comprehensive.
However, because we are self published, Family Formation does not meet the mandate of the Subcommittee on the Catechism which is limited to the review of elementary and secondary level catechetical materials created and submitted by catechetical publishers. That fact, however, does not preclude dioceses or parishes from using the program. According to the USCCB, "even for publishers, not all catechetical texts and materials are subject to a conformity review, and if ... materials are not eligible for a conformity review by the Subcommittee, individual Bishops and their diocesan offices typically monitor and approve such catechetical materials for use in schools and parish catechetical programs." (2)
(1) Rev. Richard M. Hogan, M.A.; Ph.D; pastor; author and editor of the "Image of God" series, a textbook program for use in Catholic religious programs for grade-school age children; frequent guest and host on EWTN; author of three books on the theology of Pope John Paul II; pioneer in writing and teaching of the Theology of the Body.
(2) http://www.usccb.org/catechism/document/ - click on "Clarification of Conformity of Catechetical Materials"