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Anglican watch: “Preaching will be theological, eloquent and sophisticated”

Along with good liturgy, it seems the Anglicans will be bringing with them good preaching, too.
From the blog Sub Tuum:

One value shared in common among all Anglicans, however, has been their expectation of regular and good preaching. It can be reasonably well anticipated that most Anglicans who will take advantage of the accommodations extended in the Holy Father’s Apostolic Constitution will come from the ranks of the high churchmen, and to their love for preaching it is reasonable to add the expectation that the preaching will be theological, eloquent and sophisticated. The presence of this expectation in a great number of new Catholics is good news for the Church, since this will strengthen the expectations placed upon priests to enhance the quality of their proclamation of the Word. Of course, former Anglican priests who become Catholic priests will bring their refined homiletic patterns with them.

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posted December 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

I went to a Catholic priest friend’s 90th birthday party last weekend. He spoke, briefly and eloquently. Someone turned to me and said, “He’s good enough to preach in a Protestant church.”
I prepare a weekly reflection on Scripture, I work full-time, I have teen-agers – so I understand a bit of what it takes to prayerfully prepare a weekly homily in the midst of an incredibly busy life. Alas, it does not make me very sympathetic when I hear a homilist who has clearly not been able to prepare (it happens) and who does not have the integrity to simple sit down and let the Gospel speak for itself.
My plea for this liturgical year – please Father, do not retell the Gospel story in your own words. The translation we just heard was done carefully, I listened. Open up the Word more deeply for my community, or sit down and ask us all to contemplate it in silence.
I travel quite a bit, and so get to Mass in a wide variety of settings. Despite all the heat about liturgical abuses in the “new” Mass – I find that poor preaching is far, far more prevalent in the US than any liturgical mangling.
I am grateful that the priests of my current parish are responsible homilists, but it’s not a universal trait.

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posted December 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I would have to say that all memebers of this site should actually see if they are for real, I have posted my animals pic on here after he passed away as I entered in the so called competition and nothing zilch as I have been on here and it seems that all christians are so fake lately….I have unsubscribed and have been resubscribed by this site moderstor leading me to beliee you assholes are simply so GOD DAMED FONY…UNSUBSCIBE ME JERK OFFS!!!!!!!!!!

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Rob the Rev

posted December 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Yeah, they’ll bring their homophobic bigotry with them also and add to yours.

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posted December 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Because, of course, if you reject a social construct less than 100 yrs old that says sexual inclination is an ontological identifier, distinguishing those attracted to a portion of the opposite sex from those attracted to a portion of the same sex, then you simply must be motivated by fear and loathing.

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RP Burke

posted December 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Good preaching plus good music equals effective liturgy. I’d replace Haugen with Vaughan Williams in a heartbeat.

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