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Bishop Barron on “The Crown” and the Primacy of Grace

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 10, 2019 .

Have you seen season three of “The Crown”? Here is my new video commentary on how this marvelously written program explores one of the great fault lines in Christianity— namely, the divide between auto-salvation and salvation through grace.

Bishop Barron on Advent and God’s Holy Mountain

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 1, 2019 .

As we begin the Advent season, here are some reflections on the second chapter of the prophet Isaiah. The Church proposes his great image of God’s holy mountain as a spiritual challenge and point of meditation.

Bishop Barron on the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 14, 2019 .

Bishop Barron reflects on the recent canonization of St. John Henry Newman, which he attended in Rome. Find more on Newman at https://wordonfire.institute/newman…

Bishop Barron on St. John Henry Newman: Beyond the Left and the Right

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 10, 2019 .

As I read the myriad commentaries on St. John Henry Newman before his canonization, I’m particularly struck by how often he is co-opted by the various political parties active in the Church today—and how this co-opting both distorts Newman and actually makes him less interesting and relevant for our time.

Bishop Barron on His Theological Path

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 3, 2019 .

The story of Pope John Paul II’s reverence for the great theologian Henri de Lubac tells us a lot about the state of Catholic theology today and where we are in terms of many arguments going on in the Church. It also sheds light on the theological path that I’ve…

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Bishop Barron on “The Goldfinch”

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 24, 2019 .

The new film The Goldfinch is based on a novel by Donna Tartt, who is not only a great novelist but also a Catholic, and I think her Catholicism comes through especially clearly in the spiritual lesson of this story.

Bishop Barron on St. Paul’s Masterclass in Evangelization

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 29, 2019 .

In this new video I reflect on St. Paul’s address on the Areopagus in Athens, found in the seventeenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. It’s a sort of masterclass in the evangelization of the culture, and anyone engaged today in that essential task should read it with care.

Bishop Barron on George Will’s “The Conservative Sensibility”

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 22, 2019 .

George Will gets some important things right in his new book, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong.

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Bishop Barron on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 8, 2019 .

I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. At the heart of a lot of them is a moral vision; the characters are compelled, under extreme duress, to make a moral choice. His latest film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” struck me the same way. It’s a rather extraordinary…

Bishop Barron on Catholics Misunderstanding the Eucharist

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 6, 2019 .

It’s hard to describe how angry I feel after reading the latest Pew Forum study, which reveals only one-third of Catholics agree with the Church that the Eucharist is actually the Body and Blood of Christ. This should be a wake-up call to all of us in the Church—priests, bishops, religious, laypeople, catechists, parents, everyone—that we need to pick up our game when it comes to communicating even the most basic doctrines of the Church.

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