[quote="clintondyches, post:27, topic:333709"]
So, yes, there is anger in our parish of justice having been done in the Zimmerman trial. I don't believe that our pastor was pandering to the black parish at all - simply addressing an issue in which justice sometimes really does mean (to paraphrase some Richard Prior, I believe) "Just Us." To have not spoken of the verdict would have been a serious ommission, I think, of what it means to be black in today's society. President Obama was right - it could have been him.
First, I don't want to get into the last 9 words of your post, because they repeat a political statement -- and from a politician, no less. These words have been discussed to death over in the World News forum, and that's not the point of my thread.
The point is, To what degree and in what manner should a homilist bring up news stories, both local and not? I.m.o., many Protestant black pastors have a better approach. Maybe some of them also talk about local events during services, but what I've seen is that instead they talk about those things, as pastors, outside of services. They do relate to the local community, obviously. They do acknowledge that local events and spiritual needs are not separate. However, they do so responsibly - addressing anger, grief, regret over violence at secular community events. And when they speak at those non-church events they do not make political statements or speak as politicians; they speak as pastors. They explicitly try to unite people, keeping the focus on Christ and Christ's peace. Name-calling and political rhetoric demonize and divide.
Our pastor (not the one I mentioned who brought up TM) is aware of segments of the parish that are hurting (divorce, unemployment, alienation of children, much more) and he speaks about those in his excellent homilies. But he speaks about these with the spiritual focus that black pastors also do. Catholic priests are in persona Christi, not in persona Al Sharpton.
Given that Jesus' preaching was orally passed down by repeated memorization, the Gospel writers would not have failed to include frequent political comments, not to mention speeches, if He had made those. I'm sorry, but the kind of comment you inserted from Richard Pryor has no place within the Mass, i.m.o. (Not that you were saying that your pastor repeats such quotes, necessarily.)
Here is the other aspect about it. Just as a Catholic priest should model charity instead of slander in his homilies, he should also not model bitterness himself, nor publicly approve of bitter statements. He is not there to be less a model of Christ than the average Catholic in the pew.