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The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the YearBishop 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 ...

Paul Tillich and "The Shape of Water" Bishop Robert Barron

I knew that The Shape of Water would win the Academy Award for Best Picture. It checked three of the major Hollywood boxes: celebration of oppressed people, valorization of complete sexual freedom, and ...

A Case for Priestly CelibacyBishop Robert Barron

There is a very bad argument for celibacy which has reared its head throughout the tradition and which is, even today, defended by some. It runs something like this: married life is morally and spiritually ...

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon Bishop Robert Barron

Like many others, I have watched the Jordan Peterson phenomenon unfold with a certain fascination. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you don't spend a lot of time on social media, for Peterson, ...

"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 ...