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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Stretching out to great things: a commencement address for the University of St. Thomas

The following is the text of Bishop Robert Barron’s commencement address given at the University of St. Thomas in Houston on May 8. I have the very happy responsibility today […]

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Should suffering shake our faith?

Premier Christian Radio in the U.K. just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID-19 crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings — namely, that […]

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We’re all becoming Platonists now – and that’s not good

One of the most fundamental divides in the history of philosophy is that between a more Platonic approach and a more Aristotelian approach. Plato, of course, saw the universal or […]

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‘Wokeism’ in France: the chickens come home to roost

I will confess that one of the biggest laughs I’ve had in the last several months was occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. In […]

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Why we need a distribution of power

A crucially important feature of Catholic social teaching, but one frequently underemphasized or misunderstood, is a clear animus against the concentration of power within a society. This perilous agglomeration can happen […]

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‘Dominion,’ the values of the West and the cross of Christ

The popular historian Tom Holland has written an extraordinary book called “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.” The subtitle sums up his argument. Holland is deeply impatient with […]

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Doing some Advent spiritual work

We will never be adequately prepared for the coming of the Savior unless and until we feel in our bones that there is something we need to be saved from. […]

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Pope Francis, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ and the universal destination of goods

In the wake of the publication of Pope Francis’ most recent encyclical letter, “Fratelli Tutti,” there was a great deal of negative commentary regarding the pope’s attitude toward capitalism and […]

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Four principles for Catholics during election season

Every four years, Catholics face an intense dilemma in regard to the vote. There are ardently Catholic Democrats who wonder how their co-religionists could possibly choose a Republican candidate, and […]

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You’re meant to be an eagle, not a chicken: a reflection on baptism

When I was doing full-time parish ministry, one of my favorite activities was performing baptisms. I put the word in the plural, for I hardly ever baptized one baby at […]

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The Book of Exodus and why coming back to Mass matters

In connection with an academic project of mine, I’ve recently been poring over the book of Exodus and numerous commentaries thereupon. The second most famous book of the Old Testament […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. and the religious motivation for social change

A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful both morally and practically was that it was led largely by people with a […]