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Frank Gehry and the Quest For TranscendenceBishop Robert Barron

Though I reside in Santa Barbara, I am in Los Angeles a good deal for meetings and other events. When I'm in the city, I like to walk the downtown neighborhood. My favorite building to look at while I'm ...

New York, abortion, and a short route to chaos Bishop Robert Barron

It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted ...

'Birdbox' and Spiritual WarfareBishop Robert Barron

The film Birdbox, based on a British novel of the same name, started streaming on Netflix around Christmas time. Starring Sandra Bullock and John Malkovich, it is a taut thriller that manages, perhaps ...

Talking to Some Young Jesuits about Social Justice and Evangelization Bishop Robert Barron

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their "pre-tertianship" period of formation. This means that these men had already passed ...

Listening to Jordan Peterson and Sam HarrisBishop Robert Barron

Over the Christmas break, I spent a fair amount of time binge-watching Jordan Peterson videos. For those not in the know, Peterson is not the latest hip-hop sensation; he is a psychology professor from ...

Tolkien, Chesterton and the adventure of mission Bishop 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 ChauBishop 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 theologian Bishop 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 ...