When young Catholics gathered in Madrid, Spain, in August 2011 for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI had a surprise for them: the YOUCAT (“hipster” for “Youth Catechism”). Edited by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, developed with the help of young Catholics and written for high-school age people and young adults, YOUCAT explained in a highly readable format what Catholics believe and why. Beyond that, the YOUCAT explained the sacraments, the moral life, and the importance of prayer.
With its shiny yellow cover, YOUCAT was tucked into backpacks and carry-on bags and transported back to America and to countries around the world. It was (and still is) a great introduction to Catholicism.
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While YOUCAT was deemed a great success (millions of copies have been sold), it led to a question: What do we do NOW? Armed with the gift of faith, how are young people (and all of us) to live our lives?
So when young people again took to the road in July 2016 for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis was ready with a new surprise: the DOCAT. In my review at the National Catholic Register, I explain this new book:
DOCAT: What to Do?, just released by Ignatius Press and the Augustine Institute, is the sequel to YOUCAT, the hugely popular Youth Catechism that’s based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. DOCAT explains the social teaching of the Catholic Church in a way that seems relevant to youth, but it’s a helpful tool for all of us! Drawing on Scripture, YOUCAT, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, DOCAT is written with help from church and business leaders, social activists and young people.
DOCAT uses the popular Q-and-A format, using illustrations and short, to-the-point answers to impart information. In the section on new media, for example, are questions like:
- What is the Church’s attitude toward the social networks?
- What is the “digital divide”?
- What is the right way to use the media?
- What does ideal communication on the Internet look like?
- And more….
Read the rest of my review here.
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This week a lot of bloggers are reading the DOCAT and sharing their insights. Stephanie Espinoza, writing at the website of John Paul the Great Catholic University, wrote on August 31. The day before that, NET Ministries wrote “We Need to Become Saints.”
As the week goes on, other voices will explore DOCAT in new ways. Tomorrow my friend Pete Socks, writing at the Catholic Book Blogger, will offer his insights. Be sure to check him out!