What St Francis did say, however, was this:”No brother should preach contrary to the form and regulations of the holy Church nor unless he has been permitted by his minister. And the minister should take care not to grant [this permission] to anyone indiscriminately. All the brothers, however, should preach by their deeds.”—Rule of St Francis (1221), Chapter XVII, “On Preachers”
This has a wholly different meaning from the misattributed quote, however. The actual quote simply states that friars should not preach unless they were given faculties to do so, but should continue to express the deed in action. People often misuse this quote to claim that Catholics should not be preaching the Gospel in the public square. The fact is, St Francis had a great love of speaking about the Gospel with others, and it would have made no sense for him to found an order whose charism (amongst other things) includes preaching, and yet insist his friars could not preach.

What St Francis did say, however, was this:
No brother should preach contrary to the form and regulations of the holy Church nor unless he has been permitted by his minister. And the minister should take care not to grant [this permission] to anyone indiscriminately. All the brothers, however, should preach by their deeds.
—Rule of St Francis (1221), Chapter XVII, “On Preachers”

This has a wholly different meaning from the misattributed quote, however. The actual quote simply states that friars should not preach unless they were given faculties to do so, but should continue to express the deed in action. People often misuse this quote to claim that Catholics should not be preaching the Gospel in the public square. The fact is, St Francis had a great love of speaking about the Gospel with others, and it would have made no sense for him to found an order whose charism (amongst other things) includes preaching, and yet insist his friars could not preach.

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