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The McCarrick messBishop Robert Barron

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and ...

WHY ACCOMPANIMENT INVOLVES APOLOGETICS Bishop Robert Barron

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. We discussed ...

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral PrioritiesBishop Robert Barron

For the past several days, I've been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O'Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New ...

What 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Gets Right and Wrong Bishop Robert Barron

The original Jurassic Park film from twenty-five years ago rather inventively explored a theme that has been prominent in Western culture from the time of the Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment--namely, ...

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 ...