Bishop Robert Barron
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
Martha, Mary, and the Attitude of Discipleship
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 21, 2019 .
Although the little story of Martha and Mary has been interpreted throughout the centuries as a parable dealing with the “active” and “contemplative” approach to the spiritual life, it can be read as Christ's invitation to all people to partake in his inner circle of discipleship. Christ overturned the social conventions of his time by summoning all people to discipleship. Thus, we must remove all barriers to discipleship for all people.
Hearing the Voice of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2019 .
During the twentieth century, moral relativism was in vogue in elite cultural circles, but now it is the dominant moral outlook of the broader culture. Against this, C.S. Lewis argued for “the universality and inescapability of the moral law.” Although there are subtle moral differences between cultures, if we look close enough, we can discern fundamental moral agreements. The Catholic tradition says that this moral bedrock is a reflection of the Eternal Law in the mind of God. It is the voice of God within us. Listen to that voice.
Boasting in the Cross
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 7, 2019 .
St. Paul tells us in our second reading that he boasts in the cross of Jesus. To any of his hearers in the first century this would have sounded like madness. Paul can boast in this shameful thing precisely because God has raised Jesus from death and thereby placed the world—the realm of hatred, violence, and division—under judgment. Now we must have the courage to leave the world and enter into the new creation, which is the Body of Christ.
Walking Truly and Completely with Him
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 30, 2019 .
In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus clarifies that all worldly goods find their value in relation to Him. If we believe Jesus is the only Son of God, we must place our grudges, personal desires, and even our most sacred worldly obligations aside in order to walk truly and completely with Him.
Bishop Barron on “John Wick: Chapter 3”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 20, 2019 .
As I watched the third installment of the “John Wick” franchise, I thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and his metaphor for life and death.
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 23, 2019 .
The Church comes from the Eucharist, for it is the sacrifice that makes saints. The Eucharist is essentially the fullest act of gratitude prefigured in Melchizedek finding its fulfillment in the sacrifice of Christ. Every Mass is a participation in and celebration of this sacrifice, but the feast of Corpus Christi is a time to be especially aware of the gift of the Eucharist.
The USCCB Meeting, Jordan Peterson, and the “Nones”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 18, 2019 .
Last week, I gave a presentation at the USCCB Spring Meeting in Baltimore. My topic was what I identified as the second greatest crisis facing the Church today—namely, the massive attrition of our own people, especially the young. I trust that the first—around which most of our discussions that week revolved—is obvious to everyone. Judging from the extremely positive reaction of my brother bishops and the lively conversation that followed my presentation, the talk was well received. I was also delighted it apparently prompted a spirited conversation on social media.
La reunión de la Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de los EE. UU., Jordan Peterson y los “no afiliados”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 18, 2019 .
La semana pasada, di una presentación en la Reunión de Primavera de la Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos en Baltimore. Mi tema fue lo que identifiqué como la segunda crisis más grande que enfrenta la Iglesia hoy, es decir, la deserción masiva de nuestra propia gente, especialmente de los jóvenes. Confío en que la primera crisis —en torno a la cual giraron la mayoría de nuestros debates de esa semana— es obvia para todos. A juzgar por la reacción extremadamente positiva de mis hermanos obispos y la animada conversación que siguió a mi presentación, la charla fue bien recibida. También me alegró mucho que, al parecer, ésta provocara una animada conversación en los medios de comunicación social.
Begotten Not Made
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 16, 2019 .
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Nicene Creed articulates the mystery of the Trinity with the wonderful phrase "begotten not made," meaning that the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving love breathed out between the Father and the Son.
Bishop Barron on Pope Francis, Tradition, and John Henry Newman
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 11, 2019 .
A recent informal statement from Pope Francis about tradition not being a “return to the ashes” during an in-flight press conference has gotten some attention. There are two poles to avoid here: a kind of liberalism that stresses a mindless openness to the culture, and a kind of “conservatism of the museum” that desperately clings to the past. The one that helps us to see through the dilemma is someone that will be canonized by Pope Francis in a few months—namely, John Henry Newman.