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Paul VI, ProphetBishop 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 Catechists Bishop 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 ...

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 BibleBishop 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 KantBishop 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 Reality Bishop 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 ...