just wondering when’s the last time your local priest preached anything from the pulpit about Hell, Purgatory, personal morality,
pleading with people to go to confession etc?
Are priests simply lacking the moral courage to bring up these
issues? Do they feel that you can ignore “the dark side” and it will
just go away?
I used to think priests lacked moral courage to bring up these things.
But I asked a few why they didn’t teach these things and they said they were taught that the homily is only supposed to be a commentary on the readings.
Of course this doesn’t make sense. So I checked out Church documents on the homily, such as the Catechism, Canon law, the Directory for Catechesis, etc. and they all said the homily is the primary place for catechesis, which means TEACHING the Catholic faith. And the Church teaches that the Catechism is a sure norm for teaching the faith. In other words, the priest is supposed to take any point of the readings or of the prayers of the mass, but then go into the Catechism and give a full explanation.
Since all the readings mention sin, from there he can go into what sin is, and the commandments, moral teachings, etc. The same way they could talk about the sacraments, because all the readings have something to do with grace or salvation.
Evidently what happened is that at Vatican II the dissedents got control over its interpretation, and the interpretation of Vatican II as that the homily was only supposed to be a commentary on the readings. This view has persisted ever since, and that is why Catholics don’t know their faith.
You can do a google search for a article called
"Catholic Sunday Preaching", you will see that before Vatican II the Priests all taught the entire Catholic faith.
After Vatican II, they were misled into abandoning this correct way, and now all they do is give a commentary on the readings.
The Roman Catechism gives an explanation of how the homily is supposed to be given in its introduction. If priests understood this, they would understand Vatican II