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…
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.
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.
Bishop Barron on “John Wick: Chapter 3”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 20, 2019 .
As I watched the third installment of the “John Wick” franchise, I thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and his metaphor for life and death.
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.
Bishop Barron on the Persecution of Christians
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 30, 2019 .
There were more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all of the previous nineteen centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible hundred- year period. One of the saddest features of the still-young twenty-first century is that this awful trend is undoubtedly continuing. By far the most persecuted religious group in the world today are Christians, and they are dying by the thousands especially in the Middle East and in Africa.