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‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

‘The Case for Christ’ and a stubbornly historical religion

| Bishop Robert Barron | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Case for Christ” is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in Evangelical circles and beyond.

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Evangelizing through the good

Evangelizing through the good

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Anyone even vaguely acquainted with my work knows that I advocate vigorous argument on behalf of religious truth. I have long called for a revival in what is classically known as apologetics, the defense of the claims of faith against skeptical opponents. And I have repeatedly weighed in against a dumbed-down Catholicism. Also, I have, for many years, emphasized the importance of beauty in service of evangelization. The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, the Sainte-Chapelle, Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” and the Cathedral of Chartres all have an extraordinary convincing power, in many ways surpassing that of formal arguments. So, I affirm the path of truth and the path of beauty. But I also recommend, as a means of propagating the faith, the third of the transcendentals, namely, “the good.”

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Love is both tolerant and intolerant

Love is both tolerant and intolerant

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every community, inevitably, has a value or set of values that it considers fundamental — some basic good that positions every other claim to goodness.

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Dave Rubin, the ‘pelvic issues’ and Jewish comedians

Dave Rubin, the ‘pelvic issues’ and Jewish comedians

| Bishop Robert Barron | February 9, 2017 | 13 Comments

Recently, I was interviewed in Los Angeles by Dave Rubin for his popular program “The Rubin Report.” Dave is a stand-up comedian, political satirist, protégé of Larry King, and spokesman for, I think it’s fair to say, the classically liberal, secularist world view. He has demonstrated a particular interest in the issues raised by the new atheists and by the supposed conflict between religion and the sciences. He is also an advocate of gay marriage. You might be wondering, therefore, why he’d want to talk to a Catholic bishop.

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‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

‘You are the disciple Jesus loves’

| Alyssa Bormes | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just recently, three women gave me a ride. One of the women asked a question that began a conversation about suffering. This later prompted an email to me from one of them who was aching both physically and spiritually. She was then about to have — and has now had — a surgery that has uncovered the need for another, more aggressive surgery. The physical pain has tapped into the spiritual pain. It nearly always does.

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The trouble with the ‘You Go Girl’ culture

The trouble with the ‘You Go Girl’ culture

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 9, 2016 | 10 Comments

Two recent films, “Deepwater Horizon” with Mark Wahlberg and “Sully” starring Tom Hanks, represent something of a breath of fresh air, for both movies feature men who are intelligent, virtuous and quietly heroic. If this strikes you as a banal observation, that just means you haven’t been following much of the popular culture for the past 20 years.

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Knowing who we are, knowing what we’re supposed to do

Knowing who we are, knowing what we’re supposed to do

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

This fall, I am giving presentations to all of the high school teachers, staff and administrators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These annual talks are dedicated to a regular cycle of topics. This year, the theme is morality. Lucky me! My guess is that disquisitions on doctrine or Church history or pastoral practice wouldn’t raise too many hackles, but ethics is practically guaranteed to rile people up, especially now when issues of same-sex marriage, transgenderism and assisted suicide are so present to the public consciousness.

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Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

Becoming the holy doors of Christ’s mercy

| Alyssa Bormes | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

During this jubilee Year of Mercy, there is a particular gift we have been given — Holy Doors!

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James, meet St. James

James, meet St. James

| Alyssa Bormes | October 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

After writing three columns about the Camino this summer, it seemed excessive to do one more. But who am I kidding? I’ll be writing about this forever!

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Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

Why you should read C.S. Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

In my capacity as regional bishop of the Santa Barbara pastoral region, which covers two entire counties north of Los Angeles, I am obliged to spend a good deal of time in the car. To make the trips easier, I have gotten back into the habit of listening to audio books. Just recently, I followed, with rapt attention, a book that I had read many years ago but which I had, I confess, largely forgotten: C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce.”

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Supplied for school, supplied for life

Supplied for school, supplied for life

| Alyssa Bormes | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

School supplies in the aisle at the grocery store bring on such nostalgia. Upon seeing them, I usually want to scoop up some notebooks, pencils, erasers and, of course, a new pack of crayons. And, I’m not exactly school-aged.

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My time with ‘Mother,’ now St. Teresa of Kolkata

My time with ‘Mother,’ now St. Teresa of Kolkata

| Alyssa Bormes | September 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

It was 2004, and I was volunteering. Sister Edward would assign me tasks, and I never knew what to expect. There were days of washing dishes and days of cleaning bedrooms. There was one wonderful thing; my friend, Ellie, was the best at laundry. Since we were volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, there were no washing machines. Ellie did it all by hand, and I never begrudged her this.

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