It’s Time for Catholics (and All Religious People) to Wake Up: The Real Danger Posed by the California Confession Bill
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 7, 2019 .
SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other professionals, including physicians, social workers, teachers, and therapists) are mandated reporters—which is to say, they are legally required to report any case of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. However, California clergy who come by this knowledge in the context of “penitential communication” are currently exempted from the requirement. SB 360 would remove the exemption.
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 5, 2019 .
In today’s reading from Revelation, John is in the heavenly court and he sees angels, elders, and living creatures, countless in number, all standing around the throne and crying out in loud praise. This is a supreme liturgical act, an act of right praise. And whom are they worshiping? Not…
The New Jerusalem
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2019 .
The second reading for this Sunday, taken from the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation, completes the Biblical story. The Bible tells us that the world will be transformed into a new heaven and a new earth through the One who "makes all things new."
The Imperialism of the Martyrs
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 12, 2019 .
The book of Revelation is an unveiling of a new state of affairs, the new things that are on offer in light of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Though it looks like worldly power holds sway, real power belongs to the army of those who have chosen to follow the…
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 28, 2019 .
The Church has placed the book of Revelation at the end of the Bible, as the culmination of the entire Biblical narrative—precisely because it has relevance for all Christians of anytime, very much including ourselves. Something of central importance is revealed in this book. Something that was hidden to us…
Stephen Colbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Henry Newman, and the Providence of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . August 25, 2015 .
In a recent interview, comedian Stephen Colbert was asked about the pain of losing his father and two brothers as a young boy. Colbert's remarkable answer, which referenced a line by J.R.R. Tolkien, helps us see how God's providential purposes stretch infinitely beyond what we can immediately grasp.
The Great Story Comes to an End
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 26, 2019 .
On this sixth Sunday of Easter, we are coming to the end of the book of Revelation, the final book of the Bible. We are approaching, in a word, the climax of the Biblical revelation, the point toward which the entire story had been tending. And we hear of the…
Violence Against Christians and the Waning of Reason
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 30, 2019 .
There were more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous nineteen centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible hundred- year period. One of the saddest features…
Mystery, Manners, and the Rediscovery of Great Literature
by Dr. Tod Worner . May 20, 2019 .