- Sep 25, 2020
Catholics actually love to gripe about boring homilies, so much so that a 2019 book titled The Crisis of Bad Preaching called “hollow, vacuous preaching” perhaps “the most common complaint of Catholics around the world.”
The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.
Preaching feedback is hard to find. It would be rare for a parishioner who is trained in communication to sit down with his parish priest over a cup of coffee and shoot the breeze about public speaking. If a priest or deacon wants to grow more effective in reaching his people, how is he to go about it?
The shocking brevity of a 27-word homily was a reminder that one problem with much Catholic preaching is simply that it goes on too long, in part because homilists sometimes don’t appear to weigh every word to determine if they’re actually necessary.
For Americans considering finding a new house of worship or switching their religious affiliation, quality preaching is most common attraction cited, a new survey finds, and in-person visits are far more consequential in sealing the deal than a snazzy web site.