C U S P
Catholic Understanding through Study & Prayer
Our founding organization was called CCSP (Catholcs Committed to Support the Pope); our refounded organization is CUSP (Catholic Understanding through Study and Prayer).
We originally published under the title of Précis of Official Catholic Teaching. Our new title is MAGISTERIUM SUMMARIES. Our content remains the identical text to the original Précis . CUSP trusts that the prior awards, acknowledgements and respect earned by the Précis reflect upon our replublishing.
CUSP PUBLICATIONS will republish its thirteen volumes of MAGISTERIUM SUMMARIES of Official Catholic Teaching.
When the original founder George P. Morse passed on June 19, 2013 the organization remained in the care of the Morse family. This continued until John D. HIpsley was invited to take on the responsibility as President and Refounder.
A number of challenges had to be overcome including the loss of all the original digital files, the exhaustion of the printed stock and lamentably the passing of the founder and all previous board members and principal advisors. The refounding required the retrieval, scanning and recreation of these valuable texts in accord with the blessing of Pope John Paul II who said on December 7, 1992: “Your work is very important to the Catholic Church. What you are doing is for future generations.”
Refounding & Republishing
The publication was effectively orphaned and in need of a new advocate. The 13 volumes exceeding 4,000 pages has been rescanned. These textts all require editing before republishing. True to the founders our vision CUSP IS to provide a platform and educational outreach. This vision is expressed in the acronym for CUSP: Catholic Understanding through Study and Prayer. New translations into the principal languages of the world will require new resources and talent.
At the beginning of the original Apostolate in 1985, we did not fully apprecite the form and direction our efforts would ultimately take. It was only through the guidance and support of the members of the former superb Advisory Council – and, we believe, the influence of the Holy Spirit – that has rekindled the flams. May this provide the light and inspiratinn for the future of CUSP Publications.
Past Founders, Board Members & Advisors
We pay tribute with gratitude and humility to the many Church leaders, and laity, who aided in the development and performance of CUSP.
it must be acknowledged and say: those names and many more unnamed contributed a huge portion of their lives to this work – not for money, because no money was paid- but out of fervent love for our Divine Savior, the Blessed Mother, the Holy Father, and our beloved Catholic Church
Among the many deserving we acknowledge below:
Mario Luigi Cardinal Ciappi, O.P.
From the very first day, was dedicated to the concept of the publication of these SUMMARIES. His service as Papal Theologian stands as a testament to his genius and faith. He was untiring and zealous on behalf of CUSP. This series stands as a monument to Cardinal Ciappi, a very dear friend to George Morse the original founder.
Archbishop, James Cardinal Hickey
Without whose advice, generosity of time and support this project would have been impossible. Always available, ever positive, constantly determined that no error or unwise steps be taken, his greatest desire was to advance the knowledge of the faith as widely as possible and, in particular, to seminarians.
Edouard Cardinal Gagnon
Whose constant and thoughtful guidance and help was always been available. He lectured at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professorship of Fundamental Theology was created at the Institute by the Knights of Columbus in honorable memory.
Agostino Cardinal Cacciavillan
He served as President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See from 1998 to 2002.
Agostino Cacciavillan, whose kind and generous assistance to our work has made it possible for us to reach many countries throughout the world with our volumes. In 2019 he was aged 92.
William E. May
Was Emeritus Michael J. McGivney Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He taught there from 1991-2008, after teaching moral theology at The Catholic University of America from 1971-1990. He is the author of many books, among them Marriage: The Rock on Which the Family Is Built and Catholic Bioethics and the Gift of Human Life. He served as Senior Fellow for the Culture of Life Foundation.
Archbishop William E. Lori
As Bishop William E. Lori, assisted George Morse as his indispensable resource and guided him to the solution he sought; and thus unburdened of his multitude of questions and problems. Archbishop Lori is the former Chairman and current member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Universities and Colleges, member of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
George P. Morse, KGCSG
On his shoulders he carried the principal responsibility and primary burden which ensured the success of his magisterial apostolate. In 1984, he founded Catholics Committed to Support the Pope. He joined with Cardinal James Hickey of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and Dr. William May, to produce the 13-volume Précis of Official Catholic Teaching. He was a Knight of Malta, Knight of St. George, a Knight of St. Gregory and a Knight of the Grand Cross.
This Apostolate is very much the product of the person who, from the very start, shared with George Morse every action, every day – shared it with the same cheerful and self-effacing manner which marked the six decades of their marriage. Margaret was the proof-reader, par excellence, bookkeeper, travel companion and office manager. For these efforts she was awarded the high Papal honor of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.