Pittsburgh diocese develops Catechism guide to improve homilies

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2002

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has published a 228-page guide to help its preachers include more church doctrine into their sermons.

Diocesan officials say ''To Proclaim The Gospel'' gives their priests and deacons a cross-reference between the Catechism -- the whole of church doctrine -- and the three-year cycle of Bible readings the church uses for Sunday and feast day Masses.

The Rev. Kris D. Stubna, the diocese's secretary for education, believes that social justice issues are more common sermon topics than explanations of church doctrine. The guide is also meant to keep priests from skipping over some doctrinal issues, he said.



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