I’m glad you asked, Todd. OK, so no one asked, much less anyone named, “Todd.” But here’s the skinny:
In 1977, the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl, Gerald Ford passed the presidential torch to Jimmy Carter, snow fell in Miami, Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours,” Star Wars opened in theaters, and Atari releases the 2600 game system. I would be so bold as to say that the Atari revolutionized the video game industry. My second cousin would “lend” us his long after its prime and I would play games with the joystick and mysteriously burn through power adapters. The games were very simple, yet addictive, and challenging, and if I were honest with myself, I knew why my parents never bought me a Nintendo, despite my constant nagging.
The graphics were made up of huge blocks of colors, like a mosaic, vaguely resembling a ghost, alien, or alligator (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pit-Fall being the classics in our house). They referred to the graphics as 8-bit, due to the size of the CPU. All the games today, in their life-like beauty, are decedents of these digital dinosaurs. Evolutionary children of the Atari games.
Likewise, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, goes back to the core. It is the source that other books would use to educate and clarify the faith. It is a font of truth from which all doctrine and Church teachings flow.
For Read the Cat, we decided to go back to the source. We wanted to get to the core of Church teachings and study what the Church teaches and why. There is so much beauty in this simplicity but also challenges. It isn’t a “telephone game” interpretation of an interpretation of truth. It is the product 6 years of Cardinals and Bishops dropping truth bombs on the faithful and 2000 years of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
8-bit is symbolic of the raw, “Just the facts ma’am” presentation of truth found in the Catechism and we look forward to being educated, challenged, enlightened, and affirmed by the core teachings of our faith.