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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 ...

The unspeakable wealth of almsgivingMichael Pakaluk

''Which then is better, tell me? To be rich or to be poor? To be in power or in dishonor? In luxury or in hunger? It is quite clear: to be in honor, enjoyment, and wealth. Therefore, if you would ...

Babes and almsMichael Pakaluk

"I was hungry, and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in." "As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." The ...

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 timeBishop 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 ...

In the last daysMichael Pakaluk

''But understand this," says St. Paul, "in the last days, there will come times of stress" (RSVCE). Other translations have "grievous times," "terrifying times," and "dangerous times." (2 Tim ...

Gun Violence and the Deep Sadness of Our TeensBishop 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, ...

Cardinal O'Malley's statement on overturning of Roe v. WadeCardinal Sean P. O’Malley

The following statement was issued by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley on June 24, 2022, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned ...