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Acknowledging an abyss; finding a bridgeBishop Robert Barron

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. ...

You're meant to be an eagle, not a chicken: Reflection on baptism Bishop Robert Barron

When I was doing full-time parish ministry, one of my favorite activities was performing baptisms. I put the word in the plural, for I hardly ever baptized one baby at a time, but usually ten or a dozen. ...

The Book of Exodus and why coming back to Mass mattersBishop Robert Barron

In connection with an academic project of mine, I've recently been poring over the Book of Exodus and numerous commentaries thereupon. The second most famous book of the Old Testament is concerned primarily ...

Cancelling Padre Serra Bishop 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 changeBishop 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 question Bishop 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 GodBishop 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 cities Bishop 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, ...