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Pope Declares New YOUCAT Form of the Catechism "Extraordinary"

You Cat - The Official Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church
A new Extraordinary Form. Where will this lead?

Rome – The religious education world is aghast today following the promotion of the new YOUCAT catechism to the level of an extraordinary form of religious instruction.

Following years of work on the new catechism in secret, the Opus Dei albino monks and Cardinal Schonborn announced the new catechism in a media blitz led by the endorsement and singular declaration of the Pope.  The preface of YOUCAT contains the apostolic constitution Conscientia Dabo Vobis in which the Pope raises the new catechism to “Extraordinary Form”.

Fr. Joseph Fezzio, the president of Ignatio Press, the American publisher in charge of printing the English edition said that “The raising of a catechism to extraordinary form is, in itself, an extraordinary event. We are unaware of any other book in the history of the Church that has been given such status.”

The new catechism has already generated controversy from the expected quarters. Fr. Richard O'Brien, author of the only catechism in history to have its imprimatur revoked, had some harsh criticism of the new volume. “Today's Catholic teens are universally aware of how special they are and they lead the world in the quality of their magazine collages. Who does the Pope think he is ruining an obviously perfect education system?”

Sr. Cheesesitter, head of publishing for the I Am Special Teen Workbook (part III) declared the new catechism “a travesty to American standards of religious education.” Her specific criticisms included:

  • “…turning the clock back to the original 1992 Catechism of the Catholic Church which no one could read anyway.”
  • “[The catechism contains] far too many words and not enough color pictures and group projects.”
  • “The catechism expects far too much of our young people. This isn't 1891, you can't expect teens to learn so much stuff.”

In spite of the criticism, the Pope sees the catechism as a timely publication. Speaking directly to the youth in the preface the Pope said “Yes, you must be more deeply rooted in the faith than your parents' generation, to be able to endure the challenges and temptations of this time with strength and decision.”

Fr. Y, a pundit of all things extraordinary in the Church, took time away from bird watching to lend his support to the endeavor. “I'm in favor of anything with the word ‘extraordinary' in it. Hopefully this new volume will be the beginning of a renewal of all religious education in the United States and around the world. I am not expecting things to happen overnight. This is a ‘brick by brick' type of project.”

Even as the ink is still drying on the first edition which is scheduled for release in March of 2011, Fr. Y sees many questions remaining. “Since the Pope has declared this catechism “extraordinary”, does that mean that there is an “ordinary form”? Perhaps the Baltimore Catechism? As the extraordinary form of the Catechism, will its use require a bishop's approval or is there already a motu proprio in the works that will grant religious education directors freedom to choose the extraordinary form as they see fit?”

Hannes Daxbacher
Hannes Daxbacher

The Youcat is not written by Opus Dei or by the Pope. The Youcat is written by a team of 4 young people in Austria (not Australia).


The post was satire.


Typical! The world has not yet read one line in the new book, but they already are deeply aghast, shocked, horrified. Some people I think can only rejoice with the news that the Pope has locked himself in a cell, to be silent for the next few years. Ignorants, young generation needs a tremendous start towards Christ. Are you really helpful? As helpful as this brave old man in Rome, who has more authority among young people than you? Are you jealous? Just afraid that the next generation selects other teachers and other books then those of which they were disappointed so often? You will not stopp it with your nagging. Some weeks ... and then: Tolle & lege! Read it more closely than the young people. Theylso will read the book. And perhaps they will provide you with specific questions, you should be able to answer. All the best. BTM


Do realize that this news article was satire?

David Jensen
David Jensen


This comment by Sr. Cheesesitter made be laugh..."The catechism expects far too much of our young people. This isn’t 1891, you can’t expect teens to learn so much stuff.”

Apparently, our teens today have smaller brain capacity than back in 1891. "Too many words...not enough pictures"...oh brother.

God bless,


Dorian Speed
Dorian Speed

I'm so glad the albino monks could take a break from their usual program of brainwashing the Freemasons in control of the International Monetary Fund to assemble this catechism. I look forward to deciphering the hidden messages with my Opus Dei Decoder Ring.

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