The Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium or The Joy of the Gospel is continuing to draw reaction and comment from scholars, NGO’S and the media.
One of the areas which has provoked interest has been the Holy
Father’s remarks on preaching the Gospel.
In the document Pope
Francis says the homily “should be brief and avoid taking on the
semblance of a speech or a lecture… it should be a “heart-to-heart
communication” and avoid “purely moralistic or doctrinaire” preaching”.
to Lydia O’Kane about the theme of Homiletics in the Exhortation,
Jesuit Father Michael Rogers who was the coordinator of English-language
outreach and catechetical efforts for the Society at World Youth Day
2013 in Brazil and is pursuing advanced studies in Fundamental Theology
at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University says the homily “is supposed
to be a dialogue between the preacher and his congregation, the sense
that if the Homilist, be it either a Deacon or a Priest… if somebody is
preaching, one of the things that should be happening is that you have
already listened to the community and that you have listened to the word
of God and that those things coming together, that’s where you find the
Fr Rogers adds that Pope Francis does not want preachers to use theological language that won’t make sense to people outside.