Bishop Barron on Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 15, 2017 .
By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin’s appalling staged-photo of herself holding a mock-up of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. But I would like to situate what Griffin did in a wider context, for it is but a particularly brutal example of what is taking place throughout our society, especially on university campuses, namely, a deterioration of rational argument.
Vista Previa de la Serie “El Rey David”
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 14, 2017 .
David es el rey paradigmático en el Antiguo Testamento. Su realeza recuerda la de Adán en el Jardín del Edén, y sin embargo apunta hacia el Rey por excelencia, Jesucristo. En David el Rey, el Obispo Barron nos ayuda a entender esta figura fundamental a la luz del primer rey y el Rey de reyes.
Bishop Barron on Silence and the Meaning of the Mass
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 8, 2017 .
Robert Cardinal Sarah’s recent book “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise” centers around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church. As I read the sections of his book dealing with the importance of silence during Mass, I often found myself nodding vigorously.
Bishop Barron on Martin Luther
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 1, 2017 .
With great profit and pleasure I’m currently reading Alec Ryrie’s new book “Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World”. Ryrie’s characterization of Martin Luther offers fresh insights on how the great “Solas” of the Reformation can be both celebrated and legitimately criticized.
Bishop Barron on How to Preach Like an Apostle
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 25, 2017 .
A twentieth century Anglican bishop memorably expressed the following insight: “When Paul preached, there were riots; when I preach, they serve me tea.” To all preachers, I might recommend a careful consideration of the kerygmatic sermonizing in the Acts of the Apostles. If you preach like Peter, they might not serve you tea after every homily, but they will know that they’ve been cut to the heart.
Bishop Barron on Pride, Humility, and Social Media
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 18, 2017 .
A recent article reminds us that social media can be a breeding ground for the unique type of spiritual distortion and dislocation that we traditionally call pride. What made all the difference for her was the arrival of her baby, in all of his densely-textured reality—a reality that she could appropriate only through humility.
Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 11, 2017 .
One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. I want to share with you in this video some of the key ideas in the latest iteration of my Confirmation sermon.
Bishop Barron on Catholicism and the Reformation
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 4, 2017 .
This year marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is decidedly the greatest split in Christian Church history. Here, Bishop Barron explains how Catholics gesture to the Reformers by celebrating the primacy of grace but always while maintaining the Biblical logic of God's non-competitive transcendence.
Bishop Barron on “The Case for Christ”
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 20, 2017 .
The new film “The Case for Christ” is interesting for any number of reasons, but I think it is particularly compelling for its subtle portrayal of the psychological, spiritual, and intellectual dynamics of evangelization.
Bishop Barron on “Jackie”
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 6, 2017 .
Watching the film “Jackie”, I was struck by the moody, more “European” style, the high quality of the acting, especially on the part of Natalie Portman, and its historical verisimilitude, but what particularly impressed (and surprised) me were the scenes between Mrs. Kennedy and a sympathetic priest. Anyone interested in the art of pastoral counseling, in the problem of reconciling belief in God with great suffering, and in the human search for meaning will find the exchanges between Jackie and the priest fascinating.