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The Question Behind the QuestionBishop Robert Barron

On the afternoon of June 14, a rather spirited, fascinating, and unexpected debate broke out on the floor of the USCCB spring meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. At issue was the possibility of reconsidering "Faithful ...

Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: A Reflection on the Irish Referendum Bishop Robert Barron

I will confess that as a person of Irish heritage on both sides of my family, I found the events in Ireland last week particularly dispiriting. Not only did the nation vote, by a two-to-one margin, for ...

Michelle Wolf and the Throwaway CultureBishop Robert Barron

The other night at the White House Correspondents' 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 extremely bad taste ...

The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year Bishop Robert Barron

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 ...

Paul Tillich and "The Shape of Water"Bishop Robert Barron

I knew that The Shape of Water would win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It checked three of the major Hollywood boxes: celebration of oppressed people, valorization of complete sexual freedom, and ...

A Case for Priestly Celibacy Bishop Robert Barron

There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: married life is morally and spiritually ...

The Jordan Peterson PhenomenonBishop Robert Barron

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, ...

"America" Magazine's Survey of Women in the Church Bishop Robert Barron

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 ...