Another colleague of ours in the Catholic Media Coalition mentioned that the problems enumerated by the Kolbe Foundation have been corrected; he didn't have details, however. Assuming that all problematic elements have been expunged from YouCat, questions abound. To wit:
- How did the problematic material make its way into YouCat in the first place?
- At what stage were the problems identified?
- What was the final motivation for correction of the problems?
The second dangerous attitude, mentioned by Les Femmes, is condescension. While "keeping them young", we also keep them immature. With "youcat" type of kiddie-talk (or, as they put it "language suitable for young people") instead of full use of adult language, we don't challenge them to grow up and act like adults. Read a sample for yourselves; content aside, it reads like a child's fairy tale! I know another feature in Madrid will be "Christian rock". Many years ago, I was a musician, although not of the "rock" variety. However, I was trained to manipulate music to produce mental/emotional effects in the audience. I can tell you right now (although I'll be very unpopular) that "Christian rock" is an oxymoron. Among other things, it excites emotions so that young people tend to be directed by emotions rather than by intellect. Speaking of intellect, YouCat will probably not be what they need to grow properly in their faith. The regular catechism should be encouraged. Let's start treating them like adults, to encourage them to think of themselves as adults and to act accordingly.