Who can give a homily? - clarification question


My grandmother’s parish has a female Pastoral Associate. A visiting priest celebrates the Mass but the Pastoral Associate would always give the ‘homily’. Is that wrong then?


Dear Dande,

The Code of Canon Law is clear that only priests (including bishops) or deacons may give homilies. (Canon 767) There are limited cases in which a lay person can preach in a church or oratory, but they may not preach a homily at Mass.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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