The Vatican has again been embarrassed by a botched translation of its teachings, with the launch Wednesday of an error-plagued book that implies the Holy See approves of contraception and euthanasia.
The errors came to light during a Vatican press conference launching “Youcat: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church,” a youth-focused compilation of the thick volume of core church teachings. The book, a project of the Austrian, German and Swiss bishops’ conferences, is to be given to young people attending this year’s World Youth Day in Madrid.
The launch, though, focused heavily on translation and interpretation problems. The errors were so serious the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, immediately announced it was creating a working group to compile the errors and fix them.