A deacon who preached his wife’s words

Bob Keeler in Long Island’s Newsday writes about an unusual deacon-and-wife combo: There is the average ghostwriter, and then there is Patty Buchenberger. Call her the Holy Ghost Writer. For two decades, from her husband Tom’s 1981 ordination as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church until vocal cord cancer put an end to his [Read More...]

Here it is: final draft of bishops’ document on preaching

H/T to my blogging comrade and neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy for finding this. Read it all here.  [Read more...]

Bishops approve document on preaching

From CNS:  The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives. The vote was 227-11, with four [Read More...]

“Preachers should be aware of what their people are watching on television…”

Details, from CNS via the Catholic Review:  “My dad used to say, ‘I know what happened 2,000 years ago. I need to know how to live my life today.’” These words, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, get to the heart of a new proposed document on preaching to be considered by the [Read More...]

“The homilist should strive to live a life of holiness…

A topic of which there is no shortage of opinions — preaching — will be getting more attention next month at the bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. From the USCCB:  The U.S. bishops will vote on a formal document on preaching at their annual fall meeting, November 12-15, in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of [Read More...]

The preachin’ deacon

A lot of regular visitors to The Bench probably know Deacon Doctor Bill Ditewig (“Triple D”), who makes frequent appearances here and in the comboxes.  One of his parishioners alerted me to the very impressive website for his parish, which includes its own YouTube page and an archive of homilies, including several by Bill. If [Read More...]

“The Internet and mainstream press and propaganda machine of the Middle Ages”

That would be sermons. A group of scholars gathered at Harvard recently for a conference on “Preaching the Saints,” which offered a fascinating glimpse into the art of preaching from the Middle Ages. From the Harvard Gazette:  Theological and moral messages delivered centuries ago also help today’s scholars investigate the social content of the Middle [Read More...]

“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

Shock: priest deported over homily

It happened in Zambia.  Details, from the National Catholic Reporter:  Zambian authorities deported a Rwandese Catholic priest after he was detained for two days and questioned for preaching about poverty and justice for the poor during a Mass. Edgar Lungu, minister of home affairs, confirmed that Father Viateur Banyangandora, pastor of the parish in Lundazi, [Read More...]

A sermon that made me sit up and go “Wow”

From Lutheran preacher and my Patheos blog neighbor Nadia Bolz-Weber.  This is one of those times when I  sat there and said to myself, in  awe and wonder and envy, “Man, I wish I’d written that.” A snip:  I had gone to New Orleans with an idea for a sermon on Mary Magdalen – a [Read More...]


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