Diocesan synod; homily; preaching the Word of God
Roczniki Teologiczne, T. 63, z. 12 (2016), s. 103-117
The purpose of this paper is to analyse documents of ten Polish diocesan
synods that took place between 2000–2012. The paper analyses a question of importance of
diocesan synods for the work of preaching the Word of God. The issues discussed are importance
of a synod in life of a local Church, statements of diocesan synods on the role of preaching
the Word of God, an attempt to specify a role of a homily as well as content and formal
elements of homiletic preaching.
From analysis of diocesan documents one concludes that in defining the essence of a homily
they draw from the teaching of the universal Church. The documents show that the content
of preaching should be Christocentric and touch upon the most vital existential problems of
listeners. Majority of the analysed documents encourages preachers of homilies to adjust the
needs and capacities of listeners. A significant gap is lack of reference to preaching the Word
of God in specific dioceses.