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Tolkien, Chesterton and the adventure of missionBishop Robert Barron

There is a common, and I'll admit somewhat understandable, interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy that sees the great work as a celebration of the virtues of the Shire, that little ...

The challenge of John Chau Bishop Robert Barron

Perhaps you've heard the extraordinary story of John Chau, the young Christian missionary who tried to bring the Gospel to North Sentinel Island, one of the most remote and isolated communities in the ...

Stephen Hawking: great scientist, lousy theologianBishop Robert Barron

Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein. It is only right that his remains have been interred alongside those of Isaac Newton in Westminster ...

A NEW APOLOGETICS Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment Oct. 4. -- Editor Jesus' encounter with two erstwhile disciples ...

Tintoretto and the Reform of the ChurchBishop Robert Barron

I am in Washington, DC this week for meetings of the USCCB. Since formal proceedings didn't begin until the evening, I found myself yesterday morning with a little free time. So I made my way to one of ...

The McCarrick mess Bishop Robert Barron

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and ...

WHY ACCOMPANIMENT INVOLVES APOLOGETICSBishop Robert Barron

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. We discussed ...

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral Priorities Bishop Robert Barron

For the past several days, I've been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O'Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our "Pivotal Players" series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New ...