[quote="Brendan, post:4, topic:287801"]
Technically, it is.
Since the announcement is not a homily, nor is it the Creed, it should not have been placed between the Homily and the Creed. There is no provision for something other than a brief period of silence, and then the Creed, the follow the homily.
As such, anyone, clergy or lay, is prohibitied from adding such to the liturgy.
The GIRM specifies that announcements, which this would include, are to be done after Holy Communion and before the Final Blessing
Another time where this could be included is at the beginning of Mass,
It would be a bit of a stretch to state make that type of announcement, but there are no real Canonical restrictions on how the Mass of the day may be introduced.
There would always be the time BEFORE Mass starts as well. That time frame is unregulated, as it is outside the liturgy.
So the abuse was not a layperson giving, or appear to give, a homily, but rather the addition of a element into the liturgy where none is called for.
That is actually prohibited.
There is no, I repeat no Prohibition from speaking after the Homily regardless of your
Adding to the liturgy is nonsense in this case.
We must not make up rules to suit our position as is common practise on this forum.
The laity cannot give the Homily yet are permitted to speak after the Homily, after Communion, and also after the mass.