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Cancelling Padre SerraBishop Robert Barron

I have just received word that, after voting to remove a large statue of St. Junipero Serra that stands in front of their City Hall, the government of Ventura, California, (which is in my pastoral region) ...

Martin Luther King and the religious motivation for social change Bishop Robert Barron

A principal reason why the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was so successful, both morally and practically, was that it was led largely by people with a strong religious sensibility. The ...

Why 'What the bishops are doing about it?' is the wrong questionBishop Robert Barron

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate ...

Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God Bishop Robert Barron

I've been reading, recently, a good deal of the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand -- perhaps not a household name, but in fact one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of the last century. An inspiration ...

Pentecost and the fires in our citiesBishop Robert Barron

It is in a way providential that the feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, ...

'Unorthodox' and the modern myth of origins Bishop Robert Barron

"Unorthodox," a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and finds freedom with a ...

'Laudato Si'' athwart modernityBishop Robert Barron

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical letter "Laudato Si'," I reread the famous and controversial document with some ...

Why we can't do evil even if good may come Bishop Robert Barron

There is a curious and intriguing passage in the third chapter of St. Paul's letter to the Romans, which in the context of the missive seems almost tossed-off, but which has proven to be a cornerstone ...