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The evangelical path of Word on FireBishop Robert Barron

I commenced my writing career, roughly 25 years ago, as a critic of liberal Catholicism, which I referred to, in one of the first articles I ever published, as "beige Catholicism." By this designation, ...

'Wokeism' in France: The chickens coming home to roost Bishop Robert Barron

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 this lengthy piece, the author tells ...

Why we need a distribution of powerBishop Robert Barron

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 ...

Doing some real Advent spiritual work Bishop Robert Barron

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. If we don't require salvation, then Jesus devolves, ...

Pope Francis, 'Fratelli Tutti,' and the universal destination of goodsBishop Robert Barron

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 private ...

Four principles for Catholics during election season Bishop Robert Barron

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 ...

Acknowledging an abyss; finding a bridgeBishop Robert Barron

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. ...

You're meant to be an eagle, not a chicken: Reflection on baptism Bishop Robert Barron

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 a time, but usually ten or a dozen. ...