Action Alert!
Catholic World News

Rochester diocese ends illicit practice of allowing lay people to preach homilies

July 21, 2014

The Diocese of Rochester, New York, is bringing an end to the practice of allowing lay people to deliver homilies at Mass.

Bishop Salvatore Matano, who become the leader of the Rochester diocese in January, said that it was "a bit perplexing" why many parishes allowed lay people to preach homilies, in defiance of the Church's liturgical norms. The practice had become widespread under Bishop Matthew Clark, who retired in September 2012 at the age of 75 after leading the diocese for 33 years.


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Bernadette - Jul. 24, 2014 3:15 PM ET USA

    Faithful Catholics of this diocese, as well as Albany, NY and Saginaw, MI wrote and wrote and complained to the Vatican about the horrenous abuses, but nothing, nothing was done. The dissenting bishops were allowed to remain and do their damage to the Faith. Why does the Vatican/Pope not act more expeditiously? They seem so reluctant to do anything and in the meantime so much harm is done to Jesus's Church. I simply don't understand this at all. Politics?

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Jul. 22, 2014 6:01 PM ET USA

    Just the beginning. After Rochester, move to Albany where liturgical abuses were commonplace under Bishop Clark's close associate, Bishop Hubbard

  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 21, 2014 8:14 PM ET USA

    To paraphrase Will Rogers, "I don't belong to any organized church, I'm a Roman Catholic." Or, put another way, any other organization with the Church's management would be out of business by now. Only the power of the Holy Spirit could overcome the kind of management we have experienced.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 21, 2014 7:50 PM ET USA

    The residual effects of super-liberal Bp Clark will resonate for decades. What a shame. We should pray for these folks as they try to put things together as Vatican II truly taught.