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What is Happening at Mass?Bishop Robert Barron

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the "source and summit of the Christian life." And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement ...

'Mother!' and the God of the Bible Bishop Robert Barron

Darren Aronofsky's latest film Mother! Has certainly stirred up a storm, and no wonder. It features murder, point-blank executions, incinerations, and the killing and devouring of a child. I know: pleasant ...

George Weigel's "Lessons in Hope"Bishop Robert Barron

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 consequential Catholic figure of the ...

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant Bishop Robert Barron

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the seventeenth century "slave of the slaves," St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of ...

Ingrid's Virtual RealityBishop Robert Barron

Matt Spicer's dark comedy Ingrid Goes West is a telling and penetrating critique of the iPhone culture that has swallowed up so many young people today. Now I know: I have an evangelical ministry that ...

Grace or Karma? Bishop Robert Barron

Just a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Stephen Davis, retired professor of the philosophy of religion at Claremont University. In preparation for the meeting, I read Dr. Davis's book ...

Charlottesville and America's Original SinBishop Robert Barron

I vividly remember my first visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was about twenty years ago, and I was on vacation with a good friend, who shared with me a passion for American history and for Thomas ...

The Mysterious Church on the Edge of the World Bishop Robert Barron

Even though I lived in France for three years while doing my doctoral studies, I never managed a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, the mysterious, mystical, and hauntingly photogenic abbey situated on a promontory ...