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"America" Magazine's Survey of Women in the ChurchBishop 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 ...

An Evening with William Lane Craig Bishop Robert Barron

Ten years ago, when I was a visiting scholar at the North American College in Rome, I fell into a spirited conversation with one of the seminarians about the state of evangelization in America. We both ...

How the 'Star Wars' franchise lost its wayBishop Robert Barron

I fell sound asleep for about ten minutes during the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise, 'The Last Jedi.' This was not only because the narrative had wandered down a very tedious alleyway, ...

The Surprising Message of 'Downsizing' Father Robert Barron

When I saw the trailer for Alexander Payne's new film, Downsizing, I thought the movie would be a light-hearted farce, relying principally on visual gags. In point of fact, the jokes based on the contrast ...

"Lady Bird" and the Breakthrough of GraceBishop Robert Barron

Greta Gerwig's new film, Lady Bird, has taken the critics by storm. It is the most-reviewed movie in the history of the website Rotten Tomatoes to have sustained a 100% positive rating, and it is receiving ...

Paul VI, Prophet Bishop Robert Barron

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae vitae. I won't bore you with the details of the innumerable battles, disagreements, ...

Black Elk and the Need for CatechistsBishop Robert Barron

I write these words as the annual November meeting of the United States bishops comes to a close. We bishops discussed many significant matters--from racism and immigration to the liturgy for the baptism ...

The Least Religious Generation in U.S. History: A Reflection on Jean Twenge's "iGen" Bishop Robert Barron

Jean Twenge's book iGen is one of the most fascinating--and depressing--texts I've read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has been, for years, studying ...