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Bishop Barron's Commitment to Reaching the Unaffiliated
Survey after survey has shown that the number of the “nones,” or the religiously unaffiliated, is increasing dramatically in our country. Pope Francis memorably told us to “get out of the sacristies and into the streets” and to go “to the existential margins” to reach this group of people. Especially in our Western context, the streets and the existential margins are where we find the “nones.”
Here are some examples of how Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire is effectively reaching the “nones”:
Bishop Barron visited the Google headquarters (Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA on March 20, 2018. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn't shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings. These yearnings won't be satisfied by wealth, pleasure, power, or honor, but only by the God who wired us to be satisfied in him.
On December 16, 2018, Bishop Barron had a conversation with Ben Shapiro (from Daily Wire) for his “Sunday Special” show. They sat down for a thoughtful dialogue about God, culture, Judaism, and Christianity.
Bishop Barron's talk at the Facebook Headquarters was on September 18, 2017 was titled “How to have a Religious Argument”. Every day, millions of people argue about religion on social media. The comment boxes of religious and atheist sites are among the most visited and the most heated in the virtual space. In his talk, Bishop Barron paves a way forward, showing how we all, believer and nonbeliever alike, can share better religious discussions.
Bishop Barron has appeared on Dave Rubin’s “The Rubin Report” twice. The first time was in January 2017 where he discussed belief, faith, the Church, abortion, gay marriage, and the negative effects of pornography.
The second time on December 2018 he was joined by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. The three had a fascinating conversation about how to deal with grief and suffering, what it means to be happy, and why God matters in a secular age.
Bishop Barron visited YouTube Headquarters and reflected on how instrumental YouTube has been to his Word on Fire ministry over the years.
With over 180,000 YouTube subscribers, Bishop Barron uses YouTube as a powerful way to proclaim Christ to the culture and draw people into the Catholic Faith.
Bishop Barron appeared on Mind Pump Media, an iTunes Top 50 Health & Fitness podcast, in August 2018. They had a lively conversation around some of the “big questions” of the Faith.
On September 19, 2018, Bishop Barron ventured into new territory by becoming the first Catholic Bishop to answer unfiltered questions on one of the popular “Ask Me Anything” forums hosted by Reddit, the fifth-most-visited website on the Internet.
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