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Queen Elizabeth II: Faithful discipleBishop Robert Barron

I was in Rome last week to give a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Perhaps at a later date I will share some of what I taught and learned at that conference. I was supposed to go ...

Let us double the number of our seminarians! Bishop Robert Barron

It was fully my intention to have all of the Winona-Rochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of John Paul II, "ecclesia de ...

Some critics of religion need to pick up their gameBishop Robert Barron

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Lex Fridman for a wide-ranging two-hour conversation. Lex is a professor of robotics and artificial intelligence at MIT and an extremely popular podcaster. ...

Our Catholic president and the most pressing moral issue of our time Bishop Robert Barron

On numerous occasions throughout his public career, President Biden asserted his personal belief as a Catholic that human life begins at conception and that abortion, therefore, is morally wrong. He has ...

Effective Evangelization commences with joyBishop Robert Barron

One of the great icons in the Catholic Church today is Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York making his way up the aisle to commence Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. While the congregation belts ...

Gun Violence and the Deep Sadness of Our Teens Bishop Robert Barron

Like every other reasonable person in our society, I'm worried sick about the phenomenon of gun violence, and I'm especially concerned about what it reveals regarding the status of young people, ...

René Girard and the Social Media SwampBishop Robert Barron

I had the good fortune last week of conducting a conversation with Luke Burgis, the author of a splendid book called "Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life." The text is a practical and ...

How four women shook up the philosophical establishment at Oxford -- and why this matters for us Bishop Robert Barron

I have just finished a marvelous book called "The Women Are Up to Something." Written by Benjamin Lipscomb, it weaves together the biographies of four extraordinary women who arrived together as students ...