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woe to me if I preach not

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 22, 2004

... anyway, when they were backing out of their parking place -- and it was a very crowded parking lot -- the Daddy didn’t see a car that was coming behind him and plowed into it! The car was a brand new Jeep Wrangler. It had the right of way. The daddy was furious, especially because he knew it was his fault. He jumped out of the car and cursed the teenage boy who was the driver of the Wrangler. All the kid could say was you wrecked my graduation present.

From Andrew Greeley's reflection on today's gospel ("Enter by the narrow gate"). Perhaps it will help put the homily you hear in your own church in its true perspective.

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  • Posted by: Fr. William - Aug. 24, 2004 1:27 AM ET USA

    "Father" Greeley, please stop your scam. For your good & the good of other souls, please stay away from people & stop abusing them with your twisted anti-Christ & anti-Church ideas. At least tell people up front that you are not in Communion with the Church. You do not think or preach with the mind & the heart of Christ & His Church. Re: Although "Daddy" would not confess that he was wrong & would not seek forgiveness, the "boy, like God, forgave the Daddy anyway"! Stop the lies, Greeley.

  • Posted by: kmd - Aug. 23, 2004 10:12 PM ET USA

    I always wondered if Andrew Greeley actually served in a parish & preached. I'm not surprised by his sermon topic. After all: consider all of the wonderful ideas and thoughts that could be expressed in novel form for readers of popular books to absorb. But, what does Andrew Greeley choose to write about? C.S. Lewis he is not. Now that I know he does publicly celebrate Mass, I have to review his writings for an indication as to his faith in the Eucharist. Maybe I shouldn't. Maybe I already know.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Aug. 23, 2004 7:14 PM ET USA

    Alas, the state of preaching in my parish is such that Fr. Greeley makes as much sense as any homilist here.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 23, 2004 7:12 PM ET USA

    Boy! I preached this weekend. After reading Fr. Greeley, I feelfo even more affirmed. And this from the man who writes that bad preaching is a serious problem for the U.S. Church!

  • Posted by: - Aug. 22, 2004 6:38 PM ET USA

    The saddest thing isn't that Andrew Greeley came up with this profound exegesis. The saddest thing is that there are so-called Catholics who find his reflections worthy of consideration at all.

  • Posted by: frjimc - Aug. 22, 2004 9:42 AM ET USA

    Wow. I'm humbled by his insight. Not. The true wonder lies not in that he lists himself as author first and priest second, but that he has the audacity to list himself as "priest" at all, considering how he's gainsaid virtually everything priests hold dear.

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