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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 joy Bishop 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 ...

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, ...

René Girard and the Social Media Swamp Bishop 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 usBishop 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 around Bishop 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 idea Bishop 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 ...