An interesting and unimpressive first day for the USCCB powwow in Seattle. The cool Pacific air has clouded some memories. I noticed this CNS headline piece on how excited the bishops got over a new document on preaching. Rehashing preaching must be more exciting than rehashing the Charter. We’ve sure seen how that 2003 document has been absorbed in Kansas City … in Philadelphia … and Santa Rosa … and Chicago. And maybe other places we don’t know about.
I wonder how many bothered to read the original from the “the first lost generation of poor catechesis,” as Bishop Alexander Sample of Upper Michigan put it. We sure read it, remember?
The fifty-page limit seems arbitrary. Not long enough to read on a flight to Rome, but maybe lengthy enough for an airport layover.
Imagine if the bishops solicited input from their clergy and laity on liturgical preaching. For many of us, it’s the 21st century. Set up a blog. Invite some theologians–remember these guys so many have alienated the past twenty, thirty years? See what happens. It could be worse. They could solicit our opinion on how the “lost generation” has fared with clergy sex offenders.