Ooooh! This is exciting: a new, “third edition” of the Catechism, especially designed for teenagers, and cleverly named “YouCat” (short for “Youth Catechism”, but also reminiscent of YouTube etc.).
I don’t know when the English edition will be out, but I am looking forward to it. I was always a bit disappointed at the Compendium, because the language used in it was a bit too “high” for the simple folk (as Luther would have called them). I always wanted an official version of the Catechism which I could give to my daughters and which we could use for teaching here in the home. I hope that this will be it!
In the link above, Magister includes the wonderful words of Pope Benedict lauching this book – well worth a read in full, but here is a taste:
Some people tell me that today’s young people are not interested in the catechism; but I do not believe in this statement, and I am sure that I am right. They are not as superficial as they are accused of being; young people want to know what life is really about. A crime novel is compelling because the fate it draws us into is that of other people, but could be our own; this book is compelling because it speaks to us of our very destiny and therefore concerns each of us intimately.
For this reason I invite you: study the catechism! This is my heartfelt wish.