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Have laity traditionally been allowed to preach in church?

 

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No. Laity have traditionally been forbidden to preach in church. As stated in the 1917 Code of Canon Law...

"Can. 1342 § 2 All laity are forbidden to preach in churches, even religious."

Also note that Holy Scripture forbids women from even speaking in church...

"As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church. ... [W]hat I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord." (St. Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 14:33-35, 37)

Note: In the wake of Vatican II, the unfortunate novelty of lay persons preaching in church may be allowed "in certain circumstances." Tradition-minded Catholics, however, continue to reject this unsuitable practice.

Did you know? Those wishing to avoid harmful post-Vatican II novelties may, thanks be to God, still lawfully attend the Traditional Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area, try here.


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