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Breaking out of the prison of self-inventionBishop 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 ...

Stretching out to great things: A commencement address for the University of St. Thomas Bishop Robert Barron

I have the very happy responsibility today of congratulating the University of St. Thomas class of 2021! And also to express my pride in becoming today a member of your class. I'm delighted to be in your ...

Should suffering shake our faith?Bishop Robert Barron

Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings -- namely, that 67 percent ...

We're all becoming Platonists now -- and that's not good Bishop Robert Barron

One of the most fundamental divides in the history of philosophy is that between a more Platonic approach and a more Aristotelian approach. Plato, of course, saw the universal or formal level of being ...

An evangelical pathBishop Robert Barron

I commenced my writing career, roughly 25 years ago, as a critic of liberal Catholicism, which I referred to, in one of the first articles I ever published, as "beige Catholicism." By this designation, ...

'Wokeism' in France: The chickens coming home to roost Bishop Robert Barron

I will confess that one of the biggest laughs I've had in the last several months was occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. In this lengthy piece, the author tells ...

Why we need a distribution of powerBishop Robert Barron

A crucially important feature of Catholic social teaching, but one frequently underemphasized or misunderstood, is a clear animus against the concentration of power within a society. This perilous agglomeration ...

Doing some real Advent spiritual work Bishop Robert Barron

We will never be adequately prepared for the coming of the Savior unless and until we feel in our bones that there is something we need to be saved from. If we don't require salvation, then Jesus devolves, ...