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Bishop Barron on California’s Attack on Confession

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 22, 2019 .

SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other professionals, including physicians, social workers, teachers, and therapists) are mandated reporters—which is to say, they are legally required to report any case of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. However, California clergy who come by this knowledge in the context of “penitential communication” are currently exempted from the requirement. SB 360 would remove the exemption.

It’s Time for Catholics (and All Religious People) to Wake Up: The Real Danger Posed by the California Confession Bill

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 7, 2019 .

SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other professionals, including physicians, social workers, teachers, and therapists) are mandated reporters—which is to say, they are legally required to report any case of suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. However, California clergy who come by this knowledge in the context of “penitential communication” are currently exempted from the requirement. SB 360 would remove the exemption.

Es hora de que todos los católicos (y todo quien profese alguna religión) reaccione: El gran peligro que presenta el proyecto de ley de confesiones de California

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 7, 2019 .

SB 360, una ley propuesta recientemente y que va en camino al senado estatal de California, no solo debería alarmar a los católicos del país, sino también a adeptos de todas las religiones. En California, como en casi cualquier otro estado, los clérigos (junto con una gran variedad de otros profesionales, que incluye a doctores, trabajadores sociales, maestros y terapeutas) son informantes por mandato; lo que quiere decir que están obligados a informar de cualquier caso o sospecha de abuso infantil o de negligencia en la aplicación de la ley. Sin embargo, cuando un clérigo en California adquiere este conocimiento en el contexto de una “comunicación penitencial” está exento de dicha obligación. SB 360 eliminaría la exención.

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 26, 2018 .

In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus’ followers reacting to his shocking teaching about eating his flesh and drinking his blood by saying, “This is a hard saying; who can accept it?” To understand Jesus’ meaning, we must understand that he’s not using symbolic or metaphorical language. He’s speaking words of “Spirit and life” which bring into being precisely what they signal.

Wisdom’s Meal

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 19, 2018 .

Today's first reading personifies Wisdom as a woman who invites people to a feast, lavishly offering food and wine. In today's Psalm, we echo that invitation: "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." But to join the banquet of the Lord, we need to turn away from other food. We spend our whole lives eating from troughs that never satisfy our hunger - wealth, power, pleasure, honor. But in John 6, which is today's Gospel, Jesus invites us to feed on himself, Wisdom incarnate, the only food that will ultimately fulfill our hunger. Mass Readings Reading 1 - Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm - Psalm 34:2-7 Reading 2 - Ephesians 5:15-20 Gospel - John 6:51-58

Spiritual Food

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 12, 2018 .

In our first reading today, Elijah is dejected and requests that the Lord take his life. But an angel touches him and orders him to get up and eat. Strengthened by food, he journeys to the mountain of God, Horeb. We're all acquainted with the need for physical food, like Elijah, but we also need spiritual food. If we don't feed our souls, we will become spiritually lethargic and unhealthy. Where do we find that nourishment? The answer comes in John 6, our Gospel reading for today.

Bishop Barron on the Mass

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 9, 2017 .

Why is the Mass so important? Why is it the “source and summit” of the Christian life? It is the most beautiful encounter between friends and it is an anticipation of the play that will be our permanent preoccupation in heaven.

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