Preaching: The Audiovisual Sermon

The stand-up sermon, many church men agree, is a dying art. But what should take its place? According to Dominican Father Anthony Schillaci, the answer is the mixed-media homily. A colleague of Communications Theorist Marshall McLuhan at Fordham University, Father Schillaci presented his vision of the sermon of the future to a meeting in Toronto last week of the Catholic Homiletic Society. "If you see anything you don't like," he calmly warned the audience, "boo or hiss or knock the guy next to you off his chair. This is intended to stir...