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Archbishop to Priests: Here's How to Not Give Bad Homilies

Last edited 16th July 2015

Archbishop to Priests: Here's How to Not Give Bad Homilies

In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

"The key is not to offer commentary but to help the people in the pews understand what is happening in the text so that they can understand what is happening now and respond in faith," he said in a June 30 pastoral letter entitled "The Preacher – Servant of the Word of God."

Emphasizing the importance of the homily as an opportunity to act as instruments of God, the archbishop encouraged the priests of Detroit to focus on preaching aimed at evangelizing their flock.


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