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'Unorthodox' and the modern myth of originsBishop 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 modernity Bishop 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 comeBishop 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 ...

The quarantine's three lessons about the Church Bishop Robert Barron

One silver lining for me during this weird coronavirus shutdown has been the opportunity to return to some writing projects that I had left on the back burner. One of these is a book on the Nicene Creed, ...

Governor Cuomo and God's noncompetitive transcendenceBishop Robert Barron

Last week, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a rather interesting theological observation. Commenting on the progress that his state has made in fighting the coronavirus and praising the concrete ...

Tragedy, contingency, and a deeper sense of God Bishop Robert Barron

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California, for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire ...

The coronavirus and sitting quietly in a room aloneBishop Robert Barron

Blaise Pascal said, "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." The great 17th-century philosopher thought that most of us, most of the time, distract ourselves ...

Love an enemy this Lent Bishop Robert Barron

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow this recommendation, ...