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Catholic Social Teaching

A Theology of Work

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 17, 2019 .

I’m pretty sure that in thirty years of priesthood, I’ve never preached on this Sunday’s short second reading from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. And what a little gem it is! Isn’t it fascinating that St. Paul, precisely in the context of a letter to his church on spiritual matters, endeavors to speak of work? When we do authentic work—of whatever kind—we participate in God’s ongoing creation and providence. Don’t follow the instinct to secularize work; rather, see your daily labor, however humble, as part of God’s plan to bring you to joy.

Yes and No to Power

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2019 .

Our first and second readings for this weekend beautifully sum up the Church’s classical attitude toward those in power. I’ve long argued that the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century was Friedrich Nietzsche. For this very influential and quirky German thinker, power is the fundamental reality—a perspective that has…

New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 29, 2019 .

It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. As I watched film of Andrew Cuomo signing this repulsive bill into law, my mind drifted back to 1984 and an auditorium at the University of Notre Dame where Cuomo’s father, Mario—also Governor of New York at the time—delivered a famous address.

Nueva York, el aborto, y un atajo hacia el caos

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 27, 2019 .

Fue la celebración lo que dolió especialmente. En el 46° aniversario de la decisión de Roe vs. Wade, el gobernador de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, convirtió en ley un protocolo que da acceso prácticamente irrestricto al aborto, permitiendo el asesinato del no nacido hasta el momento del parto. Mientras veía una grabación de Andrew Como firmando esta repulsiva ley, mi mente fluía de vuelta a 1984 y a un auditorio en la Universidad de Notre Dame donde el padre de Cuomo, Mario—también gobernador de Nueva York por entonces—emitía un famoso discurso.

Bishop Barron on Social Justice and Evangelization

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 30, 2017 .

The seventeenth century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver, dedicated his life to caring for the needs of slaves as they arrived in Cartagena from Africa. According to St. Peter Clever, social justice includes and prioritizes evangelization, a mission which flies in the face of Immanuel Kant's argument that religion is basically resolvable into ethics.

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