I hate to be a Debbie Downer when everyone is so excited over this youth catechism, but I can't let the concerns I have go unnoticed.
Let me start off by saying that I had such high hopes for this catechism. Especially in light of Pope Benedict XVI's forward which exhorts youth to “study this catechism”. I can't say that I agree with our Holy Father's opinion here… and I wonder whether he read it or simply gave it a quick flip through. When I first received the catechism, I was excited and as I flipped through quickly I couldn't help but thinking that this was a great idea. Aim a catechism towards the younger generation to help catechize and get them interested in their Catholic faith. The format is appealing–it doesn't look like a lot to read, and it has fun little stick figures among the pictures, and quotes in the margins supporting the Catholic teachings discussed in the text. Sounds awesome, right?
Here's where disappointment sets in.