Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Virtue Ethics
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 21, 2018 .
I recently finished a paper on chapters 7, 8, and 9 of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which I was asked to talk about at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. While many have focused on chapter 8 of this exhortation, I was really struck by the Pope's comments on moral formation, communication technology, and sex education in the previous chapter.
Vista Previa de la Serie “La Misa”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 12, 2018 .
La Misa es un gran llamado y respuesta entre Cristo como cabeza y su cuerpo místico. La Iglesia es una comunidad que ha sido llamada salir del mundo. A salir del reino del pecado, del odio, y de la violencia, para entrar en un mundo nuevo, el cuerpo místico de Jesús, donde reinan el amor, el perdón y la no violencia. Hemos sido transfigurados al estar en el monte santo, escuchando la palabra de Cristo, respondiendo con formándos en su cuerpo místico. El cristianismo no es en essencia una filosofía, no es un sistema moral, ni una forma de sociología o una ideología. Es una relación con Jesús. Podemos relacionarnos con El Señor de muchas formas, aunque ninguna es más intensa y priviligiada que La Misa.
Bishop Barron on Priestly Celibacy
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 7, 2018 .
Everything in this world—including sex, family, and worldly relationships—is good, but not ultimate. This is why, the Church is convinced, God chooses certain people to be celibate: in order to witness to a transcendent form of love.
Bishop Barron on Confirmation Names
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2018 .
One of the marks of the sacrament of Confirmation is that someone takes a new name. It’s true—and weird—that while an individual chooses the name of a saint, in a much more significant way the saint chooses that individual, drawing them into the power of his or her life and witness. But two of the most popular names for young men and women in my three years of presiding at Confirmation—Sebastian and Teresa—reflect in a more universal way what it means to take this sacramentum, or sacred oath, and become a confirmed member of Christ's mystical body.
Bishop Barron on St. Peter and Salvation
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 10, 2018 .
St. Peter's sermon in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles proposes a very serious challenge to the inclusiveness and non-judgmentalism that is taken for granted in our culture today. The chief of the Apostles says, “He is the stone rejected by you the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Stay with how uncomfortable this is—because in a way, that’s the point.
Bishop Barron on “A Quiet Place”
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 3, 2018 .
I went to see “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski’s new thriller, with absolutely no anticipation of finding theological or spiritual themes. I just wanted a fun evening at the movies. How wonderful when a film surprises you!
Bishop Barron on “The Shape of Water”
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 26, 2018 .
The title of this year’s Best Picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” gives away the game, for the one thing that water does not have is shape. Its very essence is fluidity, formlessness, and freedom from structure. But a film that celebrates this freedom—produced by someone who, by his own admission, hates structure—is sadly emblematic, I fear, of a society that is in danger of losing its ontological balance.
Bishop Barron at YouTube’s HQ
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 12, 2018 .
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the headquarters of both YouTube and Google, where I delivered a talk on “Religion and the Opening of the Mind.” In this brief video, I offer a few reflections on how important YouTube has been to Word on Fire in its mission of evangelization.
Bishop Barron on Women in the Church
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 5, 2018 .
America magazine recently published a fascinating survey regarding the attitudes of women in the Church. They were kind enough to publish a few of my reactions to the study, but I would like, in this video, to offer a fuller response to their findings.