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'Strange Rites' and the promise of natural religionBishop Robert Barron

Along with many other cultural commentators, I have been tracing for the past many years the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation, the sobering fact that armies of people, especially the young, are ...

'The Ten Commandments' and our pathetic attention span Bishop Robert Barron

I like to watch old movies. Over the past several months, I've watched (or re-visited) a number of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, some screwball comedies from the 30s and 40s, and a couple of film-noir classics. ...

Three comings of Christ prepare us for AdventBishop Robert Barron

Many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I've never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind ...

Equity, diversity, and inclusivity are not absolute values Bishop Robert Barron

In the wake of the French Revolution, the triplet of "liberty, equality, fraternity" emerged as a moral compass for the secular society. Something similar has happened today in regard to "equity, diversity, ...

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 ...