YouCat

The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

New official guide to the Catholic Faith for young people and adults

Format: Paperback, fold-in flaps

Dimensions: 12.7cm by 20.3cm

ISBN : 9781860827280

Number of Pages: 312

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Publication Date: 14 Apr 2011

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Product Code: DO845

£9.95

"Many people say to me: The youth of today are not interested in this. I disagree, and I am certain that I am right. The youth of today are not as superficial as some think. They want to know what life is all about....This book is exciting because it speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of us." - Pope Benedict XVI

Published in many languages, YouCat, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, has been developed with the help of young Catholics and written for secondary-school-age students and young adults. YouCat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith.

The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and inspiring and thought-provoking quotes from saints, reliable teachers of the faith, and many others. What's more, YouCat deals with the entire Catholic Faith, as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and is cross-referenced to it so people can go deeper. It explains: - What Catholics believe and why (doctrine) - How Catholics celebrate the mysteries of the faith (sacraments) - How Catholics are to live (moral life)- How Catholics should pray (prayer and spirituality) The questions are direct and honest, even at times tough; the answers straightforward, relevant, and compelling. YouCat is certainly the "go-to" place for young people to learn the truth about the Catholic faith.


From the Foreword by Pope Benedict XVI"Study this Catechism! That is my heartfelt desire. This catechism was not written to please you. It will not make life easy for you, because it demands of you a new life. It places before you the Gospel message as the "pearl of great value" (Mt 13:45) for which you must give everything. So I beg you: Study this Catechism with passion and perseverance. Make a sacrifice of you time for it! Study it in the quiet of your room; read it with a friend; form study groups and networks; share with each other on the Internet. By all means continue to talk with each other about your faith...." - Pope Benedict XVI


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Anonymous

04/07/2016

An excellent book for all who want to know more about the Catholic Faith, aimed at the Youth however essential reading for all. Not fussy, not over academic. Honest and to the point. Accessible for all.

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Anonymous

04/07/2016

This is an excellent and comprehensive volume on the teachings of the Catholic Church. Very user friendly and clear in its dealings with matters of faith. It is exactly what is needed to alleviate the ignorance and confusion of those who have had the misfortune not to have had a decent catechism in their faith formation. It is Never too late to get this book and READ It!

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Anonymous

04/07/2016

Youcat is well written, giving necessary detail without confusion. I'm presently studying for a diploma in The Catholic Catechism and use Youcat regularly to either enhance or tease out difficult passages. The illustrations are colourful and modern. The cross reference method is excellent. Hopefully it will be used in the school curriculum for religious studies.

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Anonymous

04/07/2016

Evangelical Christianity seems to start from `Jesus is Lord' and build doctrine up from there. Catholic Christianity, whilst not in direct conflict, seems to be going the other way, distilling down the 2,865 articles of the 1994 Catechism to 598 in the 2005 Compendium and now to 527 in YOUCAT, the official catechism for World Youth Day. The book has a good look with flexible feel, papal foreword, margin pictures and illustrations, summary definitions of key terms, Bible quotes and sayings from Saints as well as contemporary teachers like the late Prior Roger of Taizé. As an Evangelical Catholic in Anglican tradition I valued this simplified presentation of the creed, sacraments, commandments and prayer which like the Compendium has the advantage of question and answer form under the four traditional headings: what we believe, how we celebrate the Christian mysteries, how we are to have life in Christ and how we should pray. The questions in the Youth Catechism are direct and tough - on premarital sexual relationships, homosexual practice or women as priests - with straight answers hard hitting on those issues, but also on human trafficking, sexual abuse, anti-Semitism, child soldiers, social injustice, pornography, prudishness, self-mutilation, tax dodges, vandalism and the glorification of violence. There is much vital and constructive thought and counsel set out on doctrine, worship, ethics and prayer and a good index to make for further accessibility. YOUCAT has 96 pages on the commandments, 88 on the creed, 60 on the sacraments and 31 on prayer which reads different in its prioritisation from the `belonging leads to believing then to behaving' thesis, but it is a catechism after all. As such it distils centuries of theological and moral reasoning down into 300 pages making space for inspirational quotations on the page margins. It is an accessible book that will serve those teaching Christianity in churches and schools across the world in its main lines.

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Anonymous

04/07/2016

Much as I like the standard version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and I am a theologian, it is not appropriate for general catechesis because the language is still theological. Youcat fills the catechetical slot admirably for all age groups being attractively presented with illustrations, interesting marginal quotes, accessible language, and is cross-referenced to the standard Catechism. If anyone finds the standard version rather too much, buy Youcat without hesitation and learn more about the Catholic faith.