The proposition of synod bishops to permit women to be officially installed in the ministry of lectors got a lot of press. It wasn’t the only liturgy-slanted suggestion. Proposition 15 suggests that priests need help in preparing homilies, and a “homiletic directory” would assist them. What would such a directory include? CNS Origins reports: homiletic principles and the art of communication. Sounds like Fulfilled in Your Hearing. A list of biblical themes that recur in lectionary readings, too.
This is a give-a-fish/teach-to-fish proposition. The bishops don’t want to write homilies for clergy, but they do need to step up on their responsibility for preaching and make sure seminarians and clergy both have the tools they need to become better preachers. Instead of a text document, or only a text document, they might consider an audio and video format online.
In Proposition 16 the bishops ask for a review of the Lectionary. Is “the current selection and ordering of readings … truly adequate to the church’s mission in this histoirical moment”? It’s a good question. The bishops ponder that the Old Testament needs greater attention. They also recommend that any future Lectionary revisions include our ecumenical partners.
Everything is now in the hands of Pope Benedict and the curia. We’ll see how it goes from there.