Posts Tagged ‘homilies’

Top of the church shopper’s list: strong preaching Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study, released Tuesday (Aug. 23), which asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship. “This is what people value in a congregation — a good message, a good Read more

Improving Catholic homilies Comments 7

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Preaching better homilies

It is common knowledge that the homilies offered in many Catholic parishes (how can one say this charitably?) often have a lot of room for improvement. The quality of Catholic homilies, of course, varies widely according to the specific parish and priest involved. I have actually heard some of the best sermons of my life Read more

Pope pleads with priests to give short, clear homilies Comments 0

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has pleaded with priests to give short, clear homilies. The Pope made this plea at the ordination of a Rome pastor as an auxiliary bishop. Ordaining Bishop Angelo De Donatis in Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis reminded the new bishop of something he had told him earlier. “Let your words be simple so that Read more

Archbishop proposes women deacons, couples giving homilies Comments 0

Friday, October 9th, 2015

At the synod on the family, a Canadian archbishop has called for the ordination of women deacons and for married people to speak in homilies at Masses. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, a former president of the Canadian bishops’ conference, released the text of his synod speech on his blog. He proposed three courses of action for Read more

US archbishop categorises people who come to Mass Comments 0

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

An American archbishop has categorised people who come to Mass and has spelled out to clergy how best to speak to them. In a letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit stated: “Many people have been sacramentalised, but never evangelised.” Such people “knew about God, but they didn’t know him”. Another group Read more

Bishop to priests: Stop the homily abuse Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A Bishop in the Philippines told his priest to stop abusing the kindness of people by subjecting them to boring, unorganised, unprepared, mumbled homilies. “We have seen many abuses among the clergy – alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, gambling abuse, money abuse, travelling abuse, vacation abuse. Today, I invite you to turn your hearts Read more

Pope tells new priests never to refuse Baptism Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Pope Francis has told several newly ordained priests never to refuse Baptism to anyone who asks for it. Speaking after presiding at an ordination Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on April 26, the Pope also warned the newly ordained against being vain priests. “A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis Read more