DOCAT What to do? The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church
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Publisher: Catholic Truth Society
Six years ago the Austrian Bishops’ conference produced an adapted version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church aimed at young people, entitled Youcat. The English translation, with a distinctive yellow cover, appeared in 2011 and has proved very popular. The compilers have now issued a companion volume in the same style, focusing on the Church’s social teaching, called Docat.
The new volume is as impressive as the original Youcat and deserves to be used widely in schools, Confirmation programmes and youth ministry – and by permanent deacons, who are expected to be specialists in social teaching. Following a clear and hard-hitting foreword by Pope Francis, the Church’s teaching is dealt with in sections covering all the issues and the basic principles of social teaching: love (‘God’s Master Plan’), the Church’s social mission, the human person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity, Solidarity, the Family, Work, Economic Life, the International Comm-unity, the Environment, Peace and ‘Personal and Societal Commitment’. Like Youcat, the tried and tested question and answer structure, common in catechisms, is used.