Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Gutenberg began it with his printing press

Gutenberg began it with his printing press, and the congregation's capability to control its message has been disintegrating since the time that. Data and conveyance frameworks were once confined to stole-wearing pastors, however now priests have the people's right to gain entrance to the Internet to manage. 

They are not having much fortunes controlling the new lay lecturing. 

Not that they don't attempt. Drills and standard law are about facilitating and dealing with the message. Clerics can concede and withdraw lecturing employees. Diocesan edits stipend - or decline to allow - imprimaturs. Be that as it may it another world. Laypeople don't approach authorization for Internet lecturing, and researchers no more look for consent to distribute. 

The religious administrators' control conundrum increases with less demanding and less costly online networking. Presently anybody can begin a website or post a Youtube feature, saying whatever in regards to one or an alternate Catholic educating. 

There is very little a cleric can do about it, however he can attempt. 

Some group laws appear to apply. Group 216 tries to trademark the statement "Catholic," limiting its utilization to associations endorsed by the diocesan. Group 772 gives standards for radio and TV critique on Catholic convention. Some ordinance legal counselors say it applies to the Internet. 

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As of late, the Archdiocese of Detroit summoned C. 216 (yet not C. 772), proclaiming Michael Voris' Realcatholic Tv.com - a moderate Internet show out of Ferndale, Mich. - couldn't call its exercises "Catholic." 

- not Voris - claims the telecast's name. Post Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades has stayed out of it as such. (Unintentionally, when in Harrisburg, Rhodes persuaded an alternate layman, Robert Sungenis, to rename his "Catholic Apologetics International." It is currently called "The Bellarmine Report.") 

As it happens, the Fort Wayne-South Bend people say Voris and Brammer went to them with their Internet show thought in prerhoades days. The two were disregarded. 

Lesson of the story: There may have been a chance to bring "Realcatholic.tv," which once in a while collects more than 50,000 viewers, into the priest's domain. Presently the case is "its not true, its not Catholic and its not TV." 

Possibly thus, yet its out there side-by-side with robust news-casting, intriguing religious hypothesis and the insane doctrinal thoughts of all way of information nerds right, left and antiextremist. 

Have the ministers lost control? In a saying, yes. At the same time did they ever have it? 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Except for a period of time at the beginning of the church, and a few exceptions in the course of two  thousand years, preaching has been consistently off-limits to the non-ordained. However, this consistent exclusion has never been quietly accepted or even readily observed. 

So it is understandable, in these days of so much change in the Church, that the question of authorization for lay preaching is still being discussed. In this article, “preaching” means speaking on religious themes publicly in churches or oratories, at  liturgical or nonliturgical events. We are not concerned with street preaching or other forms of evangelization that might be carried out by individuals in the public forum.

The format will be to review, in broad strokes, practices surrounding preaching through the history of the Church, but to focus more closely on legislation and other documents issued since Vatican II that refer to lay preaching specifically. Finally, we will draw some conclusions about the current state of authorization for lay preaching, both liturgical and nonliturgical, based on the history presented.

The early church

In the early centuries of the church, the community was unified and charismatic. Preachers preached because they received a gift from the Spirit, which was then recognized by the community, accepted, and exercised for the benefit of all. The authorization to preach came from the Spirit of God and from the community. As we know, charismatic preaching disappeared as the church became more complex, widespread, doctrinal, and sharply divided into clergy and laity. 

Authorization from charism and the community was too unpredictable to fit into the developing system. This  lack of acceptance of the  charismatic reached its zenith in 1215, when the Fourth Lateran Council condemned as heretics any and all who dared preach without proper authorization. In other words, the very act of unauthorized preaching itself was declared heretical. From that point on, until the twentieth century, preaching in all its forms was the domain of bishops, priests, and some others in minor or major orders.

 Motivation for this severe limitation was two-fold. First, the hierarchy was concerned that correct doctrine be preached to the people. Second, preaching was too powerful a tool, especially for adult catechesis, to be haphazardly regulated.

Thursday, 26 July 2012


A preacher is a person who delivers sermons or gives homilies, generally on religious topics, although one can also preach any of the components of any worldview or philosophy. Some see a preacher as distinct from a theologian by focusing on the communication rather than the development of doctrine. Others see preaching and theology as being intertwined. Preaching is not limited to religious views, but it extends to moral and social world-views as well.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Methodist Lay Preacher

A very early tradition of preaching in the Wesleyan / Methodist churches was for a Lay Preacher to be appointed to lead services of worship and preach in a group (called a 'circuit') of meeting places or churches. The lay preacher walked or rode on horseback in a prescribed circuit of the preaching places according to an agreed pattern and timing, and people came to the meetings.

After the appointment of ministers and pastors, this lay preaching tradition continued with Local Preachers being appointed by individual churches, and in turn approved and invited by nearby churches, as an adjunct to the minister or during their planned absences.

In addition to being appointed by members of their local churches, Local and Certified Lay Speakers of the United Methodist Church (more commonly in the United States) attend a series of training sessions. These training sessions prepare the individual to become a leader within the church. All individuals who are full members of the church are laity, but some go on to become Lay Speakers. Some preachers get their start as Lay Speakers.

In the Uniting Church in Australia, that was constituted in part from the Methodist Church, persons can be appointed:
by the congregation as a Lay Preacher; and/or
by the regional Presbytery to conduct Communion.
A well-known lay preacher was the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga.
The comparable term in the Anglican and Episcopal churches is Lay Reader.
Layman, ‘laity': In short: "laity" means "common people". The English word "laity" comes from the Greek laikos which meant "of the people", "common" (common, in the meaning "unholy", "unclean" and similar). The related verb laikoĆ“ meant "to make common", "to desecrate". Whoever calls people "laity" (or "layman" or "laymen" in within the religious context), is actually calling them "common", that is, unholy or "unclean". However, most people are perhaps unaware (we pray) of the true meaning, and it has become a custom to call non-clergy, lay.