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.
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.