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Encounter or Proclamation?


In recent years, the Vatican published two documents on what Roman-Catholic preaching should be. Seven months after Pope Francis had spoken about preaching in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (2013), the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a guidebook for preaching, the Homiletic Directory (2014). In this article, I propose to take a closer look at these two documents and their significantly different views on preaching. In the second half of the article, I will evaluate the two conceptions of Roman-Catholic preaching in the light of homiletic theory and interpret them in the light of the Second Vatican Council.

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