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.
Bishop Barron on the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 15, 2018 .
Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you don’t spend a lot of time on social media, for Peterson, a mild-mannered psychology professor from the University of Toronto, has emerged as one of the hottest personalities on the internet.
Bishop Barron on the Dialogue with Dr. William Lane Craig
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 15, 2018 .
Ten years ago, a seminarian friend told me that Dr. William Lane Craig, an evangelical Protestant, was by far the most effective spokesman for the Christian point of view and that he had taken on the atheists with great intelligence, wit, and panache. That night, I looked up Dr. Craig on YouTube and watched, with fascination, his debates with the superstars of the atheist movement. From that evening on I was a fan. This is why, when I was invited by the good people at the Claremont Center for Reason, Religion, and Public Affairs to participate in an all-day dialogue with William Lane Craig, I jumped at the opportunity.
Bishop Barron on “Downsizing”
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 1, 2018 .
As I took in the opening scenes of Alexander Payne’s new film, “Downsizing,” and heard a lot of talk about protecting the environment and the dangers of overpopulation, I thought that the movie would be a propaganda piece for left-wing causes. Instead, “Downsizing” amounts to a not-so-subtle critique of that ideology and a surprising commentary on the West's population implosion.
Bishop Barron on “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 25, 2018 .
I fell sound asleep for about ten minutes during the most recent installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Last Jedi.” This was not only because the narrative had wandered down a very tedious alleyway, but because “Star Wars” in general has lost its way. What began as a thrilling exploration of the “philosophia perennis” has devolved into a vehicle for the latest trendy ideology—and that is really a shame.
Bishop Barron on Contraception and Social Change
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 11, 2018 .
This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter “Humanae vitae.” But I would like to draw particular attention to a remarkable passage in this encyclical, namely section 17, in which Paul VI plays the prophet and lays out, clearly and succinctly, what he foresees as consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex.
Bishop Barron on Great Spiritual Classics
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 4, 2018 .
Bishop Barron talks about four classic books from the great Christian tradition that have changed his life. These titles have transformed cultures and have proven indispensable to those seeking to encounter God. Learn more about the series at WOFClassics.com.