20 July, 2014

Catholic diocese upends custom on homilies: What do you think? Good or bad decision on the part of the Bishop?

Catholic diocese upends custom on homilies


  1. I completely applaud this. When clergy leave the homily to lay people, they're abandoning their mandate to preach the word of God. It's one of their most important functions. I suspect that I could give a better homily than the majority of priests out there-- sorry, but most priests are boring, but I have no authority from the Church to do that. Priests should strive to be Christ-- Christ preached to the people.

  2. Anonymous21 July, 2014

    I agree with a cardinal some years ago who said that homilies (priest/deacon) ought to be stopped for a year or more till they learn how to preach a homily.In a prefect world a parish would have a deacon/priest whose would be responsible for the homilies.Actually lay persons are permitted to give a 'talk' after the gospel is read (priest/deacon) but the explanation of the day's readings is the reserve of the priest/deacon.

  3. Kathie Hogan21 July, 2014

    It is my understanding that the Code of Canon Law states that the homily "is reserved to a priest or deacon" (CIC 767).
    Also, the GIRM ( General Instruction of the Roman Missal 66) states that:

    The homily should ordinarily be given by the priest celebrant himself. He may entrust it to a concelebrating priest or occasionally, according to circumstances, to the deacon, but never to a lay person.

    So, the decision is definitely to be applauded!

    1. Kathie: I agree with you. A homily must be reserved for a priest, deacon or bishop. But do you think that there could (or should) be some way to involve the laity in sharing their wisdom within a liturgical setting occasionally on topics that fall more within their purview than could be expounded on by a cleric?

      Fr. Tim

  4. Anonymous22 July, 2014

    I was wrong to say that a lay person could 'give a talk' following the reading of the Gospel.Canons766 and 767#1 clearly state that though a lay person may give a 'talk' it may not be after the Gospel where a homily is reserved to a priest/deacon.


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