Have a hot topic to preach about? Keep it to yourself

That seems to be the unfortunate thinking among many priests (and, supposedly, deacons), according to this observer from the United Kingdom: I once asked an old faithful Catholic why so few people went to confession these days, and he replied at once: “Because we are never exhorted to do so from the pulpit.” This set [Read More...]

A royal homily about getting married "in the spirit of a generous God"

Beautiful sentiments from the homily at the royal wedding this morning (and if you have to ask “whose wedding?,” roll over and go back to sleep…).  From the ever-vigilant Frank Weathers, a snip:   “In a sense every wedding is a royal wedding with the bride and the groom as king and queen of creation, [Read More...]

Feel like turning over the tables in the temple? Read this first

John Martens at America’s blog “The Good Word” has a few good words for those who consider themselves the next John the Baptist — or even the next Jesus: John the Baptist was a prophet and Jesus is considered by Christians to be both God and man, the Messiah, Lord, who will come again in [Read More...]

Minnesota parish under fire for lay preaching

The problem reportedly surfaced last weekend, and drew the attention of higher-ups in the diocese. Here’s more, from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune (and I’m sure you can spot the glaring factual error in the second paragraph…): At a recent Sunday mass at St. Edward Catholic Church in Bloomington, a woman stepped to the lectern [Read More...]

"Personally, I'm appalled"

That’s one blogger’s response to this post about a priest who used one of my homilies, verbatim and without attribution, last weekend. From Quantum Theology, here’s Michelle M. Francl-Donnay: The deacon isn’t particularly perturbed, “As far as I’m concerned, the Holy Spirit owns the copyright to my work, not me, and I’m glad others can [Read More...]

The preachin' deacon

Continuing his thoughtful and informational series on the deacon as “Minister of the Word,” Deacon Bill Ditewig has now turned his attention to preaching: With regard to the deacon preaching at Mass, the GIRM notes that the deacon preaches “on occasion”.  The norm is for the priest-presiding to preach, but he may also ask the [Read More...]


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