There was recently story on CNA about the "ideal" length of a Sunday sermon/homily.
First, the person who proposed in a book that "8 minutes" is the Secretary for the Cong. for Bishops, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic.
Second, while the Archbishop hedges with an "in general", to propose an "ideal" length of a sermon is absurd.
There may be an ideal length "in general" for this community or that, but there cannot be an ideal length for all.
Also, depending on the preacher 30 seconds can be too long, while others can preach for 30 minutes and people still want more.
One long-time participant here wrote to me about this adding the comment:
"a sermon should not be longer than the Eucharistic Prayer. I recall a 28-minute sermon followed by EP II in 2 min 45 sec, which sent mixed message on the importance of the Sacrifice."
Again, I am not sure about that. It depends on the circumstances. I cannot think that it would have been a good idea to preach for only 2’30" in that instance. Should the Eucharistic Prayer have been longer? If you think so, then how much longer? Was it silent as in the Extraordinary Form?
Another issue is that of daily Masses, where there is no obligation (or tradition) of preaching at all, though I recognize that in most places I have been people are so hungry for good things from the Church that they welcome a fervorino even on weekdays.
So, let’s have a little poll.
Cast your vote and then give your reasons in the combox.