Washington D.C., Dec 16, 2019 / 15:10 pm
A new analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that many Catholic priests are holding to Pope Francis' advice to keep their homilies on the shorter side, especially compared to Protestant denominations.
An analysis of nearly 50,000 sermons, given across a variety of Christian denominations during the months of April and May this year, found that the median length of a sermon was 37 minutes, but for Catholic priests, the average length was just 14 minutes.
Pew found that historically black Protestant sermons had the longest median length of 54 minutes, while mainline Protestant sermons were an average of 25 minutes long, with evangelical churches falling in between at 39 minute per sermon.
The analysis was published on Dec. 16, and was titled "The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons."