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All Souls Day, New Orleans

By Diogenes (articles ) | Nov 01, 2003

Code of Canon Law, n. 767 (1983):

The most important form of preaching is the homily, which is part of the liturgy, and is reserved to a priest or deacon.

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, n. 134 (1993):

In the Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy, the homily which forms part of the liturgy itself is reserved to the priest or deacon, since it is the presentation of the mysteries of faith and the norms of Christian living in accordance with Catholic teaching and tradition.

New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Bishop from N. Ireland to Speak" (November 1, 2003):

In a demonstration of ecumenical spirit, James Mehaffey, an Anglican bishop from Northern Ireland, will deliver the sermon Sunday at the 4:30 p.m. Catholic Mass at St. Louis Cathedral. New Orleans Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes will be the celebrant.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Nov. 01, 2003 10:59 PM ET USA

    Pointing out irregularities is getting old, Diogenes. This and a thousand other cases. The sixty-four thousand dollar question is why they continue to persist even in the face of exposure and what we the laity should do when the magesterium refuses to carry out any reasonable disciplinary function.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Nov. 01, 2003 7:23 PM ET USA

    In my parish, I am forbidden every year to give the homily at Masses I celebrate the weekend before the annual collection for retired women religious. That 'homily' (yes, it is termed such) is to be given by the Sister of St. Joseph who is our pastoral associate. Odd that, even in the liberal climate in which we live, nobody would ever consider asking 'sister' to read the Gospel (which is less intrinsic to the role of the presider), but nobody bats an eye at her preaching (central to my role).

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