Friday, April 22, 2011

Priest Weighs in on Youth Catechism

Fr. Finnigan over at the "Hermeneutic of Continuity" blog has weighed in on the new YouCat. He says, "The composers of Youcat have made a classic mistake in their attempt to appeal to young people. A question and answer such as 421 above, looks like an attempt to put things diplomatically: to water down the teaching of the Church in case it is too difficult." Before you run out and waste your money I would read the entire article here. I had a chance to look at one of these masterpieces yesterday, and if my memory serves me correctly, Luther is quoted on page 200, and Neitzche on page 252. Other notable quotes in the side margins include the actor Peter Sellers, the Protestant Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as well as a Chinese philosopher. There many other non-Catholics quoted, but these are the ones I remember off the top of my head. Why they would include a quote by Peter Sellers is a mystery. He did attend Catholic school for awhile in his youth, yet never became Catholic. Yet, I doubt many of our youth these days even know who he is. While they were at it they could have quoted the Fonz from 'Happy Days.' That would have been just as relevant no? "Exactamundo"


scotju said...

Why did they quote Peter Sellers? Maybe Inspector Clouseau contributed to YouCat. From what I've seen and heard about it, YouCat looks like something Clouseau would do!

Dave said...

Why do we expect so little from our Catholic youth?? They really are up for the meat and potatoes if it were just served to them. Catholicism speaks for itself...look at all the teen saints it has.