Why We Created ‘Real + True’

On September 7, 2021, we launched a new project inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church called Real + True.

The word “catechesis” comes from a Greek word that means to “echo down” — to pass down and pass along the gift of the faith from generation to generation.

But in the modern world, what is good and true about our faith seems to be getting drowned in the noise of debate on Catholic Twitter, in politics, and more.

And this is why catechesis and the Catechism are antidotes to the noise and a pathway to bring about renewal in the Church. Periods of renewal in the Church have always been accompanied (or led!) by intense moments of catechesis. We seem to be on the cusp of such a time: we recently received a new Directory of Catechesis that calls for evangelizing catechesis, a catechesis that leads to an encounter with Jesus and presents the Gospel, the Good News.  Earlier this year, Pope Francis instituted the lay ministry of catechist which highlighted the role of catechesis in the life and mission of the Church.

But how can we bring about this moment when many Catholics look at the CCC and see it as an intimidating book, a set of rules or concepts to be memorized? How can we help our generation to unlock its beauty and riches? We hope Real + True can change that.

Our mission is to share the gift of our faith by creating beautiful, captivating, and relevant content inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is an innovative project that transforms the Catechism of the Catholic Church into a living voice for the modern world. Real + True will engage with Millennial and Gen Z audiences around the world through videos, social content, and a podcast. It’s also a global project: content is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and accessible for free to people worldwide. The content speaks to the dreams, aspirations, and needs of our audience in a down-to-earth and relatable way. The content is thought-provoking and rewards curiosity in a way that we hope will help people encounter the Catechism pulsating heart: Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us in this mission! Check out Real + True and share it with someone you know so that we can unlock the Catechism for the modern world and bring about renewal in the Church.

Emily Mentock is the co-founder of Real + True and FemCatholic, and lives in downtown Detroit with her husband, Drew. Real+True is part of The Catechism Project, a global initiative sponsored by OSV. Learn more at realtrue.org