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YOUCAT - The Official World Youth Day Catechism!

by Ian on February 4, 2011

I didn't know anything about this project until tonight. But you can preorder YOUCAT from Aquinas and More now. Talk about a great Confirmation gift!

YOUCAT - The Official Catholic Youth Catechism

YOUCAT - The Official Catholic Youth Catechism

Vatican City, Feb 3, 2011 / 01:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope has great expectations for the "Youcat," a text designed to teach young people the ABC's of Catholicism using a language tailored to their generation.

The 300-page volume is the new and official Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. A team has produced the volume and enlisted its translations under the guidance of Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, Austria, who also served as the editor of the universal 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church.

According to its American publisher Ignatius Press, the new text was produced with adolescents and young adults in mind as "an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic faith."

It covers questions of doctrine, the sacraments, moral life and prayer and spirituality in a format friendly to young readers. According to the publisher, it uses a straightforward question-answer format, commentary, a variety of images and a glossary of terms along with Bible passages and the words of great Catholic saints and teachers.

In a presentation during meetings last month, organizers for World Youth Day 2011 said that Youcat "is expected to become the 'go-to' catechetical resource for young people with questions about the faith."

Organizers of the international youth gathering have ordered 700,000 copies for the backpack kits to be given out to registered young pilgrims next August along with a sleeping bag, map and other accessories.

In the book's preface, published in the Jan. 3 edition of the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI himself calls it "extraordinary."

In addition to its content, its basis in the 1992 Catechism makes it special, he writes.

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Dorian Speed February 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Very interesting. I’m looking forward to reading it. I have to admit that the phrase “using a language tailored to their generation” always sets off my alarm bells, but I’m guessing Pope Benedict XVI would not commend a catechism that tried to pander to kidz with hip lingo. So it’s probably fabulous.


Duga May 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The Official Catholic Youth Catechism ??? … please see comments here :


Ian May 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The Vatican put bishops from each language group in charge of the translation so for an “unofficial” catechism it sure has a lot of Vatican involvement.


Duga May 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

IMO there is not relationship between what you say, and the absence of formal permits for the english translation of Youcat. Where there is not distinction there is confusion.

Perhaps here we will get some answer :


Duga May 10, 2011 at 1:45 am
Duga May 11, 2011 at 2:30 am

In few words, from another point of view :

Paola June 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Cadrinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna has had a lot of scandal in the past. He believes you can be a freemason and Catholic at the same time. WRONG. This is heresy and has infiltrated the Church. This translation has the hand of the Illuminati somewhere. I will be exposing this to my ministries.


Ian June 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

If you find anything heretical about the text, please let us know. We have a Good Faith Guarantee and don’t carry anything contrary to the Faith.


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