Books blog: The perfect guide to Church teaching for young Catholics –

by Francis Phillips

posted Monday, 22 Aug 2016

Docat is an entertaining but uncompromising adaption of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for young readers

Ignatius Press has brought out a readable adaptation of the social doctrine of the Church. It is titled Docat, sub-titled “What to Do?”, and is a sequel to YouCat – the Catechism of the Catholic Church adapted for young people. It was introduced at World Youth Day last month and its format is similar to the earlier book: many photos, excerpts from papal encyclicals and other teachings, and quotations in the margins from saints and (generally) Christian thinkers (although Churchill was more a deist than a Christian and Elie Wiesel was a Jew, famous for his writings on the Holocaust.)

The temptation, when adapting a serious text to make it accessible for “youth”, is that it might over-simplify or patronise. This volume does neither; the format is user-friendly but the text does not compromise Church teaching. It engages the attention by constantly asking thought-provoking questions, such as (in the chapter, Welfare and Justice for All: Economic Life): How do we achieve an economic order that serves man and the common good? What are the limits of the free market? How does one act justly in business?

These are perennial questions for Christians who engage in business. Indeed, they had occupied the thoughts of Lord Woolton, the very successful managing director of John Lewis before the War, who was asked by Chamberlain to become Minister of Food in 1940.

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The Hallowed House and the Secular World: Catholic World Report

Thomas Howard is one of the most erudite and literate Catholic authors in recent history. He was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-20s, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of 50. Dr. Howard was a highly regarded professor of English and literature for more than 30 years and is the author of numerous books, including Dove

Descending: T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets,” Evangelical Is Not Enough, Chance or the Dance?, Lead Kindly Light, On Being Catholic, and The Secret of New York Revealed. He recently was interviewed, by email, by Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, about the new edition of his book Hallowed Be This House: Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home (Ignatius Press, 2012), as well as the state of American culture, secularism, Anglicanism, and great literature.

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Sacred Language for Sacred Acts | First Things

It was just about a year ago that U.S. parishes began using the new translations of the third edition of the Roman Missal—an implementation process that seems to have gone far more smoothly than some anticipated. Wrinkles remain to be ironed out: There are precious few decent musical settings for the revised Ordinary of the Mass; the occasional celebrant (not infrequently with “S.J.” after his name) feels compelled to share his winsome personality with the congregation by ad-libbing the priestly greetings and prayers of the Mass. Some of the new texts themselves could have used another editorial rinsing, in my judgment. But in the main, the new translations are an immense improvement and seem to have been received as such.Why that’s the case is explained with clarity and scholarly insight in a new book by Oratorian Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language (Ignatius Press). From the days of Christian antiquity, Fr. Lang explains, liturgical language—the language of the Church at its formal public prayer—has always been understood to be different: different from the language of the marketplace or public square; different from the language of the home. Liturgical language, at its best, is multivalent; it does many things at once.

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