Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Word On Fire

Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

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The internet and Satan’s game

By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native […]

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Talking to some young Jesuits about social justice and evangelization

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around 30 young Jesuits, all in their “pre-tertianship” period of formation. This means that these […]

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The challenge of John Chau

Perhaps you’ve heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated […]

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A new apologetics: Bishop Barron’s youth synod intervention

NOTE: On Oct. 4, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Jesus’ encounter with two erstwhile disciples on […]

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Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind:

A reflection on the Irish referendum I will confess that as a person of Irish heritage on both sides of my family, I found the events in Ireland last week […]

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Michelle Wolf and the ‘throwaway culture’

The other night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Michelle Wolf, who I’m told is a comedian, regaled the black-tie and sequin-gowned crowd with her “jokes.” Almost all were in […]

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The Jordan Peterson phenomenon

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 […]

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America magazine’s survey of women in the Church

Last month, America magazine 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 […]

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George Weigel’s ‘Lessons in Hope’

George Weigel’s latest book, “Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II,” is the third panel in a great triptych he has composed in honor of the most […]

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Kathy Griffin and the vanishing of argument

By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin’s appalling, staged photo of herself holding a mockup of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. Despite her rather […]

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Pride, humility and social media

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the LA area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback […]

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The Benedict Option and the identity/relevance dilemma

Rod Dreher’s “The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation” has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. Within weeks of its publication, dozens of editorials, […]