The US bishops ponder the recognition that the baptized are the People of God. They criticize the lone ranger approach as they acknowledge the shift in understanding since the 1960′s will of necessity require changes in the preaching approach of the clergy:
 Obviously the development we are speaking of is not uniform. But it is clear that the parish in which the priest acts in an arbitrary manner, in which virtually all active ministry-liturgical, educational, and social-is in the hands of the clergy and religious, and in which the laity do little more than attend Mass and receive the sacraments, is no longer the norm. Such a drastic change in the practices and self-consciousness of the Catholic congregation is bound to have significant consequences for the content and style of preaching that takes place in the Sunday Eucharistic assembly.
Many homilists continue preaching without regard for the possibility that adults in a parish might indeed be growing and developing in the life of faith. How many homilists, for example, continue to go to the same well to preach Marian doctrines, the Trinity, or Real Presence?
To preach in a way that sounds as if the preacher alone has access to the truth and knows what is best for everyone else, or that gives the impression that there are no unresolved problems or possibility for dialogue, is to preach in a way that. may have been acceptable to those who viewed the church primarily in clerical terms. In a church that thinks and speaks of itself as a pilgrim people, gathered together for worship, witness, and work, such preaching will be heard only with great difficulty, if at all.