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Pope Francis Speaks to PriestsBishop Robert Barron

I write these words from the Nuremore Hotel in Monaghan, Ireland, where I am conducting a retreat for the good priests of the Dublin Archdiocese. As I look out at these men, I am reminded of so many of ...

Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument Bishop Robert Barron

By now the whole world has heard about comedian Kathy Griffin's appalling staged-photo of herself holding a mock-up of the bloody, severed head of Donald Trump. Despite her rather pathetic apology, a ...

Silence and the Meaning of the MassBishop Robert Barron

Robert Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise ...

A Word to Those Being Confirmed Bishop Robert Barron

One of the greatest privileges I have as a bishop is the opportunity to preside at the sacrament of Confirmation. A drawback, however, is that I am obligated to conduct over forty Confirmations in roughly ...

How to Preach Like the ApostlesBishop Robert Barron

I have always loved the Acts of the Apostles and have often recommended it to those who are approaching the Bible for the first time. Filled with colorful narratives, adventure, martyrdom, persecution, ...

Pride, Humility, and Social Media Bishop Robert Barron

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the LA area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came ...

The Benedict Option and the Identity/Relevance DilemmaBishop Robert Barron

Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has certainly emerged as the most talked-about religious book of 2017. Within weeks of its publication, dozens of ...

"The Case for Christ" and a Stubbornly Historical Religion Bishop Robert Barron

The Case for Christ is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel's best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in Evangelical circles and beyond. It is the story of a young, ambitious ...