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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 ...

Why the culture was healthier when Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers were aroundBishop Robert Barron

When I was a kid, it was a bit of a rite of passage in my family to receive permission to stay up late enough to watch Johnny Carson's monologue on the Tonight Show. So, I followed Johnny from the ...

Providence and vocation in 'Father Stu' Bishop Robert Barron

Mark Wahlberg's new film "Father Stu" is one of the most theologically interesting films to come out in a long time. It considers some of the thorniest and most puzzling themes in the sacred science, ...

Why doing what is right in your own sight is such a bad ideaBishop Robert Barron

What does the Bible think about our current cultural fascination with finding our own voices, setting our own agenda, doing things according to our own lights? (By the way, if you doubt that this attitude ...

Why the supposed conflict between science and religion is tragic nonsense Bishop Robert Barron

Just last week, I had the joy of speaking at Youth Day at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. My audience was about four hundred high school students from around the country, and my topic, at ...

The poison of gossipBishop Robert Barron

Just last week, I was at St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA, not far from New Orleans. I was there to address about 30 Benedictine abbots from around the country who had gathered for some days of reflection ...

Nietzsche, 'The Power of the Dog,' and Psalm 22 Bishop Robert Barron

"The Power of the Dog" is one of the most talked-about and decorated films of the past year, garnering twelve Oscar nominations, including best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting ...