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The moral and spiritual purpose of the lawBishop Robert Barron

The text below is the homily Bishop Barron offered regarding Church and state and the true purpose of the law for the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The Red Mass ...

How to live a meaningful life Bishop Robert Barron

Last week, I had the great good fortune to sit down for a Zoom interview with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, and John Vervaeke. As I'm sure you know, Peterson, professor of psychology at the University ...

Hannah Arendt, totalitarianism, and the distinction between fact and fictionBishop Robert Barron

I am currently making my way through D.C. Schindler's marvelous book "The Politics of the Real: The Church Between Liberalism and Integralism." This text will be of interest to anyone passionate about ...

Breaking out of the prison of self-invention Bishop Robert Barron

For the past many years, I have been maintaining an internet ministry that allows me, through comment boxes, to listen in on the questions, complaints, and pontifications of thousands of people in regard ...

Stretching out to great things: A commencement address for the University of St. ThomasBishop Robert Barron

I have the very happy responsibility today of congratulating the University of St. Thomas class of 2021! And also to express my pride in becoming today a member of your class. I'm delighted to be in your ...

Should suffering shake our faith? Bishop Robert Barron

Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings -- namely, that 67 percent ...

We're all becoming Platonists now -- and that's not goodBishop Robert Barron

One of the most fundamental divides in the history of philosophy is that between a more Platonic approach and a more Aristotelian approach. Plato, of course, saw the universal or formal level of being ...

An evangelical path Bishop Robert Barron

I commenced my writing career, roughly 25 years ago, as a critic of liberal Catholicism, which I referred to, in one of the first articles I ever published, as "beige Catholicism." By this designation, ...