Year of the Homily

To their credit the bishops of the world realize there is a crisis in preaching, made ever more evident since the inception of the new Rite. However, I’m not sure the idea of the Tuscon bishop is the answer. In fact, I’ve often contended that it is more of a personality issue, as well as openness to the belief that good preaching is a gift–given to some, but not to all. An “order of preachers”–such as the Dominicans, in some modern form, might be the answer, but a “Jubilee Year” not dedicated to a mystery of Faith or great figure of the faith?

From Zenit:

Preaching Jubilee

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, vice president of the U.S. episcopal conference, said that “preaching in our day can lose its savor, become formulaic and uninspired, leaving the hearer empty.” Conversely, he said, the homily should comfort, heal, bring hope and inspire, as well as teach and challenge.

The bishop proposed that after the Church concludes the Jubilee Year of St. Paul, which concludes June 29, it should initiate a year dedicated on preaching. 

He said it would be an opportunity for “priests and deacons with their bishop to meet with the laity to listen to their struggles and to understand better how they might preach the Word in ways that relate to those struggles.”

A year dedicated to preaching, Bishop Kicanas said, could help the “new springtime for Christianity about which the Holy Father speaks […] burst forth and bloom throughout the Church, renewing the Church, strengthening evangelization, intensifying catechesis and enhancing discipleship.”

Fiftieth Anniversary of Death of Pius XII

And the beginning of a new era within the Church, one that is still very much at its early stages some fifty years later. Today Pope Benedict on Pius XII, from the International Tribune:

Pope Benedict said on Thursday he hopes his controversial wartime predecessor Pius XII, who some Jews have accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust, can proceed on the road to Roman Catholic sainthood.

In a homily commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pius’ death in 1958, Benedict also said Pius worked “secretly and silently” throughout the war to “avoid the worst and save the greatest number of Jews possible.”

Some Jews maintain Pius did not do enough to save Jews while the Vatican says he worked behind the scenes to help because more direct intervention would have worsened the situation.

Last year, the Vatican’s saint-making department voted in favour of a decree recognising Pius’ “heroic virtues,” a major hurdle in a long process towards possible sainthood that began in 1967. But Pope Benedict has so far not approved the decree.

In his homily, Benedict said he prayed that the process leading to Pius’ beatification, the last step before sainthood, “can proceed happily.”

In the SEC Two Losses Unacceptable

At least at Auburn University it is, after two losses, one to top ranked LSU, the other to ranked Vanderbilt, the “riverboat gambler” fires his offensive coordinator–while the locals are calling for his ouster as well. The success of the Crimson Tide plays into this folks…
From the Orlando Sentinel:

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin on Wednesday just seven games into his tenure, pulling the plug after the Tigers’ rocky transition to his spread offense.

The 20th-ranked Tigers have struggled offensively all season after entering as the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference Western Division. They have dropped league games to LSU and Vanderbilt after beating Mississippi State by a score of 3-2.

“It hurts. It hurts bad,” Tuberville said after practice Wednesday. “It’s a difficult situation. It’s a difficult thing to do in the middle of the season. My responsibility is to this football team and it always will be. Tony’s a good person. When it all comes down to it, it’s about production. I didn’t think over the last few weeks we were making any progress.”

Tuberville said he made the decision Wednesday morning and told the players before practice.

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