Back in late March, Zenit reported that "more than 40,000 pre-publication sales of the Compendium [of the Catholic Church] have been recorded -- and the number is steadily climbing, says the bishops' Web site." And:
Pre-publication sales usually amount to one-third of the first-year sales, according to Patrick Markey, associate director for marketing, sales and inventory. At that pace, the Compendium is expected to sell between 120,000 and 200,000 copies in its first year, he said.
By anyone's estimations, that's a best-seller, especially for the religious market. Now this news from the USCCB:
All high school students, all teachers, all catechists, and all parents should have and use the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as part of their faith formation, noted Cardinal Roger Mahony, of Los Angeles, during the April 7th opening ceremony at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. ...
By mid-Saturday morning, all fifteen hundred copies of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the Anaheim Convention Center exhibit area were sold-out. The launch of the English translation of the Vatican’s new Compendium of the Catechism was a huge success. Overall, the first printing of 50,000 paperbacks was all but gone within the first few days of publication.
A search of Google news brings up a grand total of seven news stories about the Compendium. They are mostly from Catholic news sources or sites and three of the stories/columns aren't directly about the Compendium, but refer to it as a source. Meanwhile, a search for "gospel of Judas" produces 658 stories. And Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, described by The New York Times as "this season's subversive best seller [and one] that takes direct aim at the Bible," turns up 62 times. (Ehrman, btw, is something of a one-man Jesus Seminar and a media favorite: former born-again Fundamentalist who eventually lost [destroyed?] his faith and now seeks to deconstruct orthodox Christianity. Go here for a response by Dr. Darrell Bock to Ehrman's book.)
The good news, of course, is that the Compendium appears to be a hit. And it will hopefully be used widely and well by catechists, lay people, priests, parents, teachers, and many others. But it might be asking for too much to hope that reporters and writers obsessed with questioning Christianity, or even attacking it, might pick up a copy and consider its contents. After all, if it wasn't written by Judas in the late second century, what value could it possibly possess?