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Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.
Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.
Bishop Barron’s website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times.
Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.” He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
Bishop Barron’s latest film series and study program, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, debuted in September 2016 and has been syndicated for national television. 


Bishop Robert Barron Latest Blog Posts

Between Indifferentism and Tribalism

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 18, 2020 .

Our first reading for this weekend is taken from that wonderful middle section of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This particular passage is fascinating and conveys a very important but often unremarked upon biblical truth: Israel is God’s chosen people—of all the nations of the world, God…

Isaiah and God’s Holy Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 11, 2020 .

Throughout the book of the prophet Isaiah, there are references to God’s holy mountain. In the twenty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, we have still another reference to the holy mountain, and this is our first reading for the weekend. The mountain in question is, of course, Mt. Zion—which is to say,…

Four Principles for Catholics during Election Season

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 6, 2020 .

Every four years, Catholics face an intense dilemma in regard to the vote. There are ardently Catholic Democrats who wonder how their co-religionists could possibly choose a Republican candidate, and there are ardently Catholic Republicans who express precisely the opposite opinion. And both sides, typically, look with eagerness to their…

Cuatro principios para los católicos durante la temporada electoral

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 6, 2020 .

Cada cuatro años, los católicos se enfrentan a un dilema intenso con respecto a la votación. Hay demócratas ardientemente católicos que se preguntan cómo otros católicos pueden elegir un candidato republicano, y hay republicanos ardientemente católicos que expresan precisamente la opinión opuesta. Y ambos lados, típicamente, miran con ansias a…

The Lord’s Vineyard

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 4, 2020 .

Our first reading presents a classic trope within the Israelite tradition: the image of the vineyard as a representation of the people Israel.

What Kind of Person Will You Be?

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 27, 2020 .

Our first reading for this weekend is taken from the eighteenth chapter of the book of the prophet Ezekiel—one of the four major prophets, along with Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel. This chapter is worthy of careful attention, for it represents a sort of breakthrough in the moral consciousness of the…

Acknowledging an Abyss; Finding a Bridge

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2020 .

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960’s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. One has only to think of the crucially important role played by the Rev. Dr.

Reconocer un abismo; encontrar un puente

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2020 .

Una de las diferencias más notables entre las protestas sociales de la década de 1960 y las de hoy es que las primeras se hicieron en concierto con —y a menudo bajo el liderazgo explícito de— personas religiosas. Basta pensar en el papel crucial desempeñado por el Rev. Dr. Martin…

The Strangeness of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 20, 2020 .

Our very brief first reading is taken from the magnificent fifty-fifth chapter of the book of the prophet Isaiah. This section of Isaiah—which stretches from chapter forty through chapter fifty-five—is one of the most theologically sophisticated and illuminating passages in the entire Old Testament. Nowhere is Israel’s theology of God…

Hugging Anger

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 13, 2020 .

Our first reading—taken from the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth chapters of the marvelous book of Sirach, called in older Bibles the book of Ecclesiasticus—has to do with anger, vengeance, and forgiveness, themes that will figure prominently in the preaching of Jesus. “Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs…