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Troska Kościoła o poprawę jakości homilii: od synodu o Eucharystii i „Sacramentum Caritatis” do synodu o słowie Bożym i „Verbum Domini”


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Concern for the Church to improve the quality of homilies: from the synod on the Eucharist and Sacramentum Caritatis the Synod of the Word of God and Verbum Domini

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The church is realized in a constantly changing environment. He tries to update their teaching to suit the needs of the people, which caters. Frequently the issue is not about radical changes in teaching, but with a distribution of accents. Noteworthy is also the fact that the teaching persisted in the documents of the Holy See has its history in the theological debates and in speeches by participants in synods convened by the pope. This article is discussed in terms of diachronic concern about the quality of homilies of the Church and the latest trends in approach to homilies disclosed in the period from the Synod on the Eucharist and the aftermath of the Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis to the synod on the word of God and his fruit in a Post Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini. First shown reservations representatives of the Church in the quality of homilies, and then proposing ways to improve the quality reported by the participants in these synods, with special attention to the proposals of Pope Benedict XVI made in his Pastoral exhortations. One of the suggestions is to improve the substantive content of the homily by the closer union of systematic teaching of the Church contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It shall be done in such a way as not to undermine the nature of the liturgical homily. Therefore, any proposals to discuss theological issues expected to take in the homilies must respect the specific periods of the liturgical year. Structured content of the catechism is to be regarded not as a substitute, but as a corollary of the Mass lectionary. Directory assistance is to be homiletic, the development of which the Pope has recommended its colleagues. Another called for improving the quality of the homily is their Christocentrism. An important requirement is also of concern for participants in the liturgy and their everyday lives: the homily should help students to overcome the separation between their religious faith and their lives. Substantial assistance to the implementation of these demands can provide reliable formation heralds the homily.






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  • Wydział Teologiczny Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie


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