Author

Joseph Mele

Defense Date

5-31-2008

Graduation Date

2008

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Ronald C. Arnett

Committee Member

Janie Fritz

Committee Member

Kathleen Roberts

Committee Member

Melissa Cooke

Keywords

Homiletics, Preaching, Pope Benedict XVI, Reform of the Liturgical Reforms

Abstract

This dissertation explores whether or not the Roman Catholic Church is reticent towards preaching and if it is, why is this so? In an age when people often prefer to hear the Word preached to personal likings and individualistic needs, why would an ecclesial institution, such as the Catholic Church, hesitate to embrace this popular trend? This dissertation places the ethos of Roman Catholic homiletics in dialogue with the writings of Pope Benedict XVI in light of his desire to 'reform the reforms' made after the Second Vatican Council. The works of Simone Weil, a Jewish philosopher and mystic, are introduced into the conversation conducted at the threshold between cosmopolitanism and provincialism where contemporary Catholic preaching must take place if it is to be heard effectively today.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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