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The USCCB Meeting, Jordan Peterson, and the “Nones”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 18, 2019 .

Last week, I gave a presentation at the USCCB Spring Meeting in Baltimore. My topic was what I identified as the second greatest crisis facing the Church today—namely, the massive attrition of our own people, especially the young. I trust that the first—around which most of our discussions that week revolved—is obvious to everyone. Judging from the extremely positive reaction of my brother bishops and the lively conversation that followed my presentation, the talk was well received. I was also delighted it apparently prompted a spirited conversation on social media.

The Internet and Satan’s Game

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 22, 2019 .

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder, but subsequent videos from wider angles as well as the young man’s own testimony have cast considerable doubt on this original assessment. My purpose in this article is not to adjudicate the situation, which remains, at best, ambiguous, even in regard to the basic facts. It is to comment, rather, on the morally outrageous and deeply troubling nature of the response to this occurrence, one that I would characterize as, quite literally, Satanic.

Internet y el juego de Satanás

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 21, 2019 .

A estas alturas todo el país ha visto el video de una supuesta confrontación racista en frente al Lincoln Memorial, entre un sonriente estudiante de secundaria y un anciano nativo-americano que canta y toca el tambor. El inmediato y feroz juicio de la comunidad de internet fue que el joven estaba efectivamente burlándose y humillando al anciano, pero subsiguientes videos desde diversos ángulos, así como el testimonio del propio joven, han arrojado dudas considerables sobre el juicio original. Mi propósito en este articulo no es el de zanjar la cuestión, que sigue siendo, en el mejor de los casos, ambigua, incluso si consideramos los hechos más básicos. Deseo más bien hacer un comentario acerca la moralmente indignante y profundamente preocupante naturaleza de la respuesta a los sucesos, una que yo caracterizaría, literalmente, como satánica.

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