Bishop Barron Speaks to Catholic University of America Seminarians
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 4, 2020 .
Friends, I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to seminarians at the Theological College of CUA, where I spent three marvelous years studying philosophy. In my conversation with these students, we discussed great spiritual masters like St. John of the Cross and Thomas Merton, the importance of persevering in prayer, how to be…
Bishop Barron on Not Dumbing Down the Faith: Answers to Young People’s Pressing Religious Questions
by Bishop Robert Barron . November 3, 2020 .
Friends, at the Regional Congress 2.0 Teach event, I presented on the importance of not dumbing down the faith as we engage in religious education. Young people enjoy asking about and discussing the big questions, from God’s existence, to how to be a good and moral person, to the problem…
Bishop Barron on Knocking Holes in the Buffered Self: Approaches to the Question of God
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 30, 2020 .
Friends, I was honored to present the 2020 Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, delivering an academic paper entitled “Knocking Holes in the Buffered Self: Approaches to the Question of God.” Many—especially the young—in today’s time have absented themselves from the practice of faith. Our culture and time is…
Bishop Barron on the Intellectual Formation of Seminarians Q&A
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 29, 2020 .
Friends, it was my privilege to speak with the students at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. I gave a short talk about the importance of academic formation for parish priests, and why we shouldn’t drive a wedge between the intellectual and pastoral aspects of caring for souls. We then enjoyed…
Bishop Barron’s Westmont College Chapel Talk
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 22, 2020 .
Friends, I was delighted to speak to the students at Westmont College about being kingly leaders in the Church. Our basic human problem comes from listening to our own voices, rather than the higher voice of God, who directs us to maintain and support unity within our communities. Those who…
Evangelization 101: A Conversation with Leah Libresco Sargeant
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 21, 2020 .
Friends, I was grateful to answer questions with students at Princeton University about evangelization, faith, and reason. The event was led by Leah Libresco Sargeant, a fellow of the Word on Fire Institute, and graciously hosted by The Aquinas Institute at Princeton’s Catholic Campus Ministry.
“The Pivotal Players: 12 Heroes Who Shaped the Church and Changed the World”
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 19, 2020 .
Friends, I’m pleased to officially announce my latest book, “The Pivotal Players: 12 Heroes Who Shaped the Church and Changed the World.” This brand-new book is an edited and elaborated presentation of the scripts for my film series “The Pivotal Players,” which is a follow-up to my earlier documentary “CATHOLICISM.”…
Stop Being a Chicken: Bishop Barron on the Realities of Baptism
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 25, 2020 .
Friends, the sacrament of Baptism is objective: the visible sign of invisible incorporation into the Mystical Body of Jesus. Every baptized person is, objectively speaking, a child of God, divinized, and destined to be a great saint. Therefore, we must not follow the prompts of worldly power or success. Running…
Overcoming Extremism in the Church: Clerically Speaking Podcast (Part 2)
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 23, 2020 .
Friends, in this second video clip from the Clerically Speaking Podcast with Fr. Harrison Ayre and Fr. Anthony Sciarappa, our discussion centers on the theology of the Church, or ecclesiology. I express my concerns regarding the abuse scandal, the phenomenon of disregarding ecumenical councils, and the tendency to downplay the…
Inside the Life of a Priest: Clerically Speaking Podcast (Part 1)
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2020 .
Friends, in this video clip from the Clerically Speaking Podcast with Fr. Anthony Sciarappa and Fr. Harrison Ayre, we talk about the intellectual, spiritual, and community life of the priest. Our discussion covers the seminary system, the role of priestly fraternity, and methods for reaching out to the local parish…