DoCat, Ignatius Press, £6.99

This book, which is packed with photographs, excerpts from papal encyclicals and quotations from the saints and other thinkers, is a sequel to an earlier publication, YouCat, the catechism for youth. Its remit is to adapt the social teaching of the Church for popular understanding and usage, especially by young people (it was released at World Youth Day).

As such, it is not designed to be read straight through, but to be used for debate and discussion. I would heartily recommend it for parish youth groups, as well as for Catholic schools and colleges, to help this age group see that Catholicism is not just about private devotion but about living one’s faith within society.

There are chapters on the Church’s social mission; using new media; the human person; and the differences between Marxism and Christian social democratic movements, among other topics. Young people of energy and idealism will be fired up by the sections on welfare and justice, the limits of the free market and the just wage.

The Global Sexual Revolution by Gabriele Kuby, Angelico Press, £13.00

Kuby, a German sociologist and convert, has subtitled her book “Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom”. It highlights the difference between the Christian meaning of freedom, ie the freedom to embrace our divine destiny as sons and daughters of God, and the secular understanding of the word: the moral licence to live as we choose, as long as our desires don’t hurt other people. For Christians, this is a contradiction in terms.

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