Taking a bead on Catholic sermons

Bishops to the rescue with letter on preaching:

The document is an admonishment of poor preaching, saying the bishops are “aware that in survey after survey over the past years, the People of God have called for more powerful and inspiring preaching. A steady diet of tepid or poorly prepared homilies is often cited as a cause for discouragement on the part of laity and even leading some to turn away from the Church.”

Well, they themselves should stop using “people of God” every time they turn around. It’s like “American people” on the lips of a U.S. politician. Loses its lustre after a time, does it not?

And while we’re at it, “admonishment”? Really? From WashPost at that? Clumsy, clumsy.

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  • Margaret McC.  On December 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    It would be refreshing if the sermons (not the ghastly homilies) addressed the truths of the faith, the sacraments, the traditions, the saints of the church, and the meaning of the feast days. All of it neglected for silly, feel-good relgiobabble. Hence the cultural Catholics who could vote for Obama because he “cares.”


    • Jim Bowman  On December 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Right, right, and right. Those homilies are half Scripture lessons. The virtues are blowin’ in the wind, ignored. Showing one’s erudition makes it easier, the preacher needn’t get concrete about living the halfway decent life.


  • Jim Bowman  On December 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    Reblogged this on Sunday sermons, weekday observations.


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