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Daniel and the great unveiling

Daniel and the great unveiling

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Toward the end of the liturgical year, we Catholics hear at Mass from the mysterious, often confounding and utterly fascinating book of Daniel. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the book of Daniel had an extraordinarily powerful influence on the first Christians, providing them a most important template for understanding the significance of Jesus. Daniel is, of course, an example of apocalyptic literature, which in the common understanding means that it has to do with the end of the world.

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Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

Pope’s message on mercy not indifference to sin

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having just returned from a week covering Pope Francis’ triumphant journey to the United States, I can confidently tell you that the news media are in love with the Vicar of Christ.

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Our lives don’t belong to us

Our lives don’t belong to us

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was [recently] revealed that, for the first time in its history, Harvard University, which had been founded for religious purposes and named for a minister of the Gospel, has admitted a freshman class in which atheists and agnostics outnumber professed Christians and Jews. Also . . . the House and the Senate of California passed a provision that allows for physician assisted suicide in the Golden State. As I write these words, the governor of California is deliberating whether to sign the bill into law. Though it might seem strange to suggest as much, I believe that the make-up of the Harvard freshman class and the passing of the suicide law are really related.

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Mother Nature is one unreliable lady, so look higher

Mother Nature is one unreliable lady, so look higher

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Conservation International has sponsored a series of videos that have become YouTube sensations, garnering millions of views. They feature famous actors — Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford and others — voicing different aspects of the natural world, from the ocean, to the rain forest, to redwood trees. The most striking is the one that presents Mother Nature herself, given voice by Julia Roberts.

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A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

| Father Robert Barron | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just before their throats were cut, many of the murdered Coptic Christians could be seen mouthing the words “Jesus Christ” and “Jesus is Lord.” The first of those phrases is a rendering of the Aramaic Ieshouah Maschiach, which means “Jesus the anointed one” and which hearkens back to King David, the paradigmatic anointed figure of the Old Testament.

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If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

If you want to be a good person, it matters what you believe

| Father Robert Barron | December 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A team of sociologists, led by Catholic University professor William D’Antonio, published a survey a few years ago that received quite a bit of media attention, for it showed that many Catholics disagree with core doctrines of their Church and yet still consider themselves “good Catholics.”

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Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod

| Father Robert Barron | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

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‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

‘The Giver’ and the fading memory of Christianity

| Father Robert Barron | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

What makes the society in “The Giver” most like contemporary Europe is the forgetfulness of Christianity. The source of the greatest suffering throughout human history is the attempt to deal with original sin on our own.

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Bill Maher and not understanding either faith or the Bible

Bill Maher and not understanding either faith or the Bible

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t know what possesses me to watch “Real Time With Bill Maher,” for Maher is, without a doubt, the most annoying anti-religionist on the scene today.

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Why goodness depends on God

Why goodness depends on God

| Father Robert Barron | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the commonest observations made by opponents of religion is that we don’t need God in order to have a coherent and integral morality.

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‘Gravity’ offers weighty example of selfless love

‘Gravity’ offers weighty example of selfless love

| Father Robert Barron | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

“Gravity” is the most visually arresting movie since “Avatar.” But what is perhaps most surprising about this film is its clear and profound religious import.

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Why faith is indeed a light

Why faith is indeed a light

| Father Robert Barron | August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

In “new” atheist and secularist circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. It is presented as pre-scientific mumbo jumbo, Bronze Age credulity, the surrender of the intellect, unwarranted submission to authority, etc.

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