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“Laudato Si” Athwart Modernity

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2020 .

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread the famous and controversial document with some care. Many of the themes that struck me five years ago stood out again, but on this reading I was…

Bishop Barron on Spending Time with His Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 13, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my “ad limina” visit with Pope Francis on January 27. It would be impossible to summarize what turned out to be a three-hour conversation with the Holy Father, but there were three dominant themes that emerged.

Spending Time with My Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 28, 2020 .

I write these words from the Eternal City of Rome, whither I’ve come with my brother bishops from Region 11 (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) for our ad limina visit. This is a regular and canonically required trip to pray at the limina apostolorum (the threshold of the Apostles), the tombs…

Pasando tiempo con mi padre espiritual

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 28, 2020 .

Escribo estas palabras desde la Ciudad Eterna, Roma, a la que he venido con mis hermanos obispos de la Región 11 (California, Nevada y Hawai) para nuestra visita ad limina. Se trata de un viaje regular y obligatorio canónicamente, para rezar en el limina apostolorum (el umbral de los Apóstoles),…

The One Pope

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 2, 2020 .

The new and much-ballyhooed Netflix film The Two Popes should, by rights, be called The One Pope, for it presents a fairly nuanced, textured, and sympathetic portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) and a complete caricature of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). This imbalance fatally undermines the movie, whose…

El único papa

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 2, 2020 .

Los dos papas, la nueva y muy aclamada película de Netflix, debería llamarse, por derecho, El único papa, ya que presenta un retrato bastante matizado, texturizado y simpático de Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Papa Francisco) y una caricatura completa de Joseph Ratzinger (Papa Benedicto XVI). Este desequilibrio socava fatalmente la película,…

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis, Tradition, and John Henry Newman

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 11, 2019 .

A recent informal statement from Pope Francis about tradition not being a “return to the ashes” during an in-flight press conference has gotten some attention. There are two poles to avoid here: a kind of liberalism that stresses a mindless openness to the culture, and a kind of “conservatism of the museum” that desperately clings to the past. The one that helps us to see through the dilemma is someone that will be canonized by Pope Francis in a few months—namely, John Henry Newman.

A New Apologetics: Bishop Barron’s Youth Synod Intervention

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 4, 2018 .

Today, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. For more Synod content from Bishop Barron, visit WordFromRome.com, where you'll find behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, commentaries, and more.

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