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Crucifixion

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a Tale of Grace

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 16, 2016 .

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have produced a new instantiation of the epic film, “Ben-Hur”. What principally differentiates it from the 1959 Charlton Heston version is its greater stress on the strange power of Christ to bring about forgiveness—an emphasis much needed today.

Mercy and the Cross

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 27, 2016 .

Bishop Barron's talk at the 2016 World Youth Day “Night of Mercy” event hosted by the Knights of Columbus on July 27, 2016. Over 25,000 young people were present at the Tauron Arean in Kraków, Poland to hear the message of mercy.

Bishop Barron on Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion”

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2016 .

Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. There is so much value in this text that I plan to dedicate a number of articles to analyzing it. In this initial interpretive foray, I focus on two themes that run through the entire book and that ought to shape any Christian’s understanding of the cross: the sheer strangeness of the crucifixion and the weight of sin.

How Strange is the Cross

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 28, 2016 .

Fleming Rutledge’s “The Crucifixion” is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking books of theology that I have read in the past ten years. There is so much value in this text that I plan to dedicate a number of articles to analyzing it. In this initial interpretive foray, I focus on two themes that run through the entire book and that ought to shape any Christian’s understanding of the cross: the sheer strangeness of the crucifixion and the weight of sin.

Bishop Barron on “Last Days in the Desert”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 16, 2016 .

With his latest film “Last Days in the Desert” Rodrigo Garcia has accomplished something truly remarkable. He has taken a portion of the life of the single most compelling person who has ever lived and turned it into a colossally boring movie.

Christ’s Identity and Mission

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 19, 2016 .

Today's Gospel presents Luke's version of the famous conversation that the Lord Jesus had with his disciples concerning his identity and mission. Authentic acceptance of Christ's identity and mission engenders in us a willingness to accept in our own lives the necessity and saving power of the cross.

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Bishop Baron on “Hail, Caesar!”

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 17, 2016 .

The new Coen brothers movie, Hail, Caesar! is very quirky, unpredictable, and strange. It focuses on the Hollywood glory days of the 1950s, both extolling and mocking them. But something deeper is going on. From the very first scene, of the crucified Jesus, the religious dimensions are unavoidable. The film begins and ends with the Crucifixion and the sacrament of confession, both signs of people coming to terms with the presence of God.

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