This week’s liturgical blink: “How long should a good homily be?”

From the 2014 series, “Everything you wanted to know about liturgy*”, on CatholicTV.

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Timothy hayes
April 8, 2015 12:22 pm

Shouldn’t that Bowing (of the head) apply to Name of Father and the Holy Spirit as well ?

Harold M. Frost, III, Ph.D.
April 9, 2015 4:47 pm

Another direct answer to the subject “Liturgical Blink” question posed to Bishop Coyne is provided within the talk, “THE HOMILIST – TEACHER OF THE FAITH” by Cardinal William J. Levada, Prefect (now Emeritus since 2012) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The latter gave it at a conference on February 12, 2008 in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA within an overarching framework enshrined by Sec. 46 of the 2007 Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis of Pope Benedict XVI. The conference, themed “The Eloquence of Teaching,” was sponsored jointly by the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine (within the USCCB) and the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame (per content downloaded from the Vatican web site, for ex.). In the talk’s section “Improved homilies,” His Eminence stated “that a homily that presents the content of our faith on a particular point, and shows its relevance to our contemporary situation, will have to take ten to fifteen minutes.” Now, in the New Millennium, Cardinal Levada has had the confidence of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI in several matters beyond that of a Prefecture, such as elevation to the Cardinalate and appointment as President on several commissions within the Roman Curia. So, in my view, what the former said here is trustworthy enough to take as a valid departure point for inquiry in harmony with the Magisterium into the mechanics of what constitutes good homiletics constructed on grounds of both reason and faith.