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Priests urged to be better preachers

VATICAN CITY - A top American bishop called Tuesday for priests to be better preachers, lamenting that many Catholics resort to watching other Christian services on television or attending different churches to get the "inspiring preaching" they crave.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the former head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told a meeting of the world's bishops that Catholics increasingly expect better homilies from priests at Sunday Mass.

Several bishops attending the Oct. 2-23 Synod of Bishops have expressed concern about the quality of homilies, with many saying the sermons need to be better focused on the theology. Gregory told his colleagues that some U.S. Catholics go to Mass but then go home and watch other church services on TV or listen to them on the radio "simply because they're still hungry."