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Vatican wants 'boring' sermons spiced up

The Vatican's top cultural official on Friday hit out at sermons he said were too often dreary and bland and urged Catholic priests not to shy away from spicing up their preaching.

Speaking at a conference organised by a French institute, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said preaching in churches "was so dull and vapid that it had become quite meaningless."

To yank drowsy church-goers to attention, the Italian cardinal urged priests to jazz up their vocabulary and not be afraid of letting the "scandal" contained in the Bible erupt from the pulpit.

Ravasi argued that priests needed to be in sync with their time and adapt to a high-paced, tech-savvy world.
"The advent of televised and computerised information requires us to be compelling and trenchant, to cut to the heart of the matter, resort to narratives and colour," he said.

He praised micro-blogging site Twitter as a tool that "forces to deliver something in a flash, something primal."
As long as it doesn't compromise the truth, I agree. Most priests seem to have no training in oratory whatsoever.
"The Vatican" is a terrible source.  This appears to be the opinion of one Cardinal.  There are 194 other Cardinals of the Church.
Somehow this smells of putting form over content.
On second thought, this may not be the most sound reasoning. But there's still something rotten with the state of homiletics.
The poor state of homiletics has to do with the lack of faith, not with poor rhetorical skills. It has always been thus.

When priests have no faith, they won't likely be inflamed by the Holy Ghost and prophesy from the pulpit to the edification of the faithful. Instead, they'll mumble some indistinct words about social justice, universal salvation via good works without faith or the local sports news.
They could always spice it up with a little talk of hellfire and brimstone ;)
(11-05-2011, 10:34 AM)iona_scribe Wrote: [ -> ]They could always spice it up with a little talk of hellfire and brimstone ;)

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St Dominic or St Vincent Ferrer?
Some priests are better at public speaking than others, and it can make it harder to pay attention. However I don't think there is need to "spice things up," I don't think that is fitting terminology for the pulpit. If the priest giving the homily isn't captivating I think we should make a greater effort to follow along because its still important to hear what they are saying.
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