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US bishops to consider document on preaching

Catholic World News - October 11, 2012

During its annual fall meeting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss whether to approve a document entitled “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily.”

“The ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel is to lead people into a loving and intimate relationship with the Lord, a relationship that forms the character of their persons and guides them in living out their faith,” states the draft document, which was prepared by a committee chaired by Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis. “The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness” and “see the world through biblical eyes.”

“Preachers should be aware, in an appropriate way, of what their people are watching on television, what kind of music they are listening to, which websites they find appealing, and which films they find compelling,” the document continues. “References to the more popular cultural expressions—which at times can be surprisingly replete with religious motifs—can be an effective way to engage the interest of those on the edge of faith.”

The homily, the document adds, is not a “time for theological speculation,” and “it is inappropriate for the homilist to impose on the congregation his own partisan views about current issues.”

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  • Posted by: wojo425627 - Dec. 28, 2012 2:59 PM ET USA

    Its interesting that the roman catechism exhorts it priests to teach the faithful the faith. That laymen should be taught the doctrines of the creed, to cover the sacraments and what they are/do to cover morality and to preach about prayer. These are the four sections of the new catechism too. I have yet to hear a homily on any of these things. The only time I have heard these things expounded is when I've gone to the extraordinary form masses. I'm not sure priests should be watching lots of tv.

  • Posted by: brownjudith2930 - Oct. 11, 2012 11:24 PM ET USA

    The homily will be fine if the priest is a man of prayer, actively seeking holiness, a loyalty to the magisterium, and deep love for Jesus and His Blessed Mother. No document necessary. More waste of time and money. Much better to invest in solid Priest's Institutes, conferences, and retreats (preferably 30-day Ignatian) for priests.

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