I'm a convert and confirmed in 2010 after five years of independent study and witnessing the Faith. Since I've been going to Mass, I've had just this one conflict:
I'm part of a three-parish cluster under the guidance of the one pastoral administrator. The cluster, to some I've talked to in my time, is of a liberal practice. The administrator obviously was not ordained under the Sacrament of Holy Orders. And it is my understanding that only the priest or deacon has the authority to deliver the homily, right?
Every so often, the priest will deliver a truncated sermon and then say, (non verbatim) "we'll now hand it over to (N.) who has some reflections of her own for this Sunday." She will come to the pulpit and do her reflections which rather, after the past few years I've been there, seems like an amalgamum of the same idea or expression of time, treasure and talent. Is it liturgically correct for her to be up there? I've never seen any other parish do this. Believe me, if it is alright, there is no problem. I just always thought the priest or deacon had the valid ability to address the congregation for the homily