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Martin Luther King and the Religious Motivation for Social Change

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2020 .

A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful both morally and practically was that it was led largely by people with a strong religious sensibility. The most notable of these leaders was, of course, Martin Luther King. To appreciate the subtle play…

Martín Luther King y la motivación religiosa para el cambio social

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2020 .

Una de las principales razones por las que el movimiento de los derechos civiles de las décadas de 1950 y 1960 tuvo tanto éxito, tanto en el plano moral como en el práctico, fue que estuvo dirigido en gran medida por personas con una fuerte sensibilidad religiosa. El más notable…

Why “What are the Bishops Doing About it?” is the Wrong Question

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 24, 2020 .

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns about racism both historical and contemporary, we insisted that the characterization of Serra as the moral equivalent…

Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 19, 2020 .

I’ve been reading, recently, a good deal of the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand—perhaps not a household name, but in fact one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of the last century. An inspiration to both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, von Hildebrand was designated by the Nazis themselves as…

Pentecost and the Fires in Our Cities

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2020 .

It is in a way providential that the Feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, is a power meant to transform the world, or in the language of Psalm 104,…

“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 26, 2020 .

Unorthodox, a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and finds freedom with a group of welcoming friends in Berlin. I offer this description with tongue pretty firmly in cheek, because,…

“Laudato Si” Athwart Modernity

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2020 .

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread the famous and controversial document with some care. Many of the themes that struck me five years ago stood out again, but on this reading I was…

Why We Can’t Do Evil Even If Good May Come

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 5, 2020 .

There is a curious and intriguing passage in the third chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, which in the context of the missive seems almost tossed-off, but which has proven to be a cornerstone of Catholic moral theology for the past two thousand years. Responding to some of…

The Quarantine’s Three Lessons About the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 28, 2020 .

One silver lining for me during this weird coronavirus shutdown has been the opportunity to return to some writing projects that I had left on the back-burner. One of these is a book on the Nicene Creed, which I had commenced many months ago and on which I was making…

Governor Cuomo and God’s Noncompetitive Transcendence

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 21, 2020 .

Last week, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a rather interesting theological observation. Commenting on the progress that his state has made in fighting the coronavirus, and praising the concrete efforts of medical personnel and ordinary citizens, he said, “The number is down because we brought the number…

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