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imprimatur

RC Church a licence granted by a bishop certifying the Church's approval of a book to be published
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imprimatur

license given by Roman Catholic Church to publish a book. [Christian Hist.: Misc.]
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Imprimaturs, given by local bishops, have been removed under Vatican directive from several other books in recent years, most often books about sexuality.
In one prominent case, Paulist Press of Mahwah, N.J., withdrew its best-selling catechism Christ Among Us by Anthony Wilhelm from the market in 1984 after the Vatican demanded that the imprimatur -- the church's stamp of approval -- be withdrawn.