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The least religious generation in U.S. history

The least religious generation in U.S. history

| Bishop Robert Barron | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jean Twenge’s book iGen is one of the most fascinating — and depressing — texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Since this is the first cohort of young people who have never known a world without iPads and iPhones, and since these devices have remarkably shaped their consciousness and behavior, Twenge naturally enough has dubbed them the “iGen.”

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What is happening at Mass?

What is happening at Mass?

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the twentieth century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more conscious, and more active participation in the liturgy on the part of Catholics.

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‘Mother!’ and the God of the Bible

‘Mother!’ and the God of the Bible

| Bishop Robert Barron | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, “Mother!,” has certainly stirred up a storm — and no wonder. It features murder, point-blank executions, incinerations, and the killing and devouring of a child. I know: a pleasant evening at the movies. “Mother!” will seem just deeply weird unless you see it as a fairly straightforward allegory. Once you crack the code, it will make a certain sense, though the message it is trying to convey is, at best, pretty ambiguous.

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Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the 17th-century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety.

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Musing on saints’ teeth

Musing on saints’ teeth

| Bishop Robert Barron | August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

I write these words from Milan, Italy, where I am with my Word on Fire team filming new episodes for our Pivotal Players series. I’ve seen lots of marvelous things on this trip, including the ruins of the ancient baptistery under the Milan Cathedral where, in the spring of 387, St. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrose. But the most fascinating sight I’ve taken in is the vested and mitered skeleton of that same Ambrose, which rests in the basilica that bears his name, not far from the Cathedral.

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Pride, humility and social media

Pride, humility and social media

| Bishop Robert Barron | June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Sacramento, from my home base in the LA area, I flew Southwest Airlines. In an idle moment, I reached for the magazine in the seatback pocket and commenced to leaf through it. I came across an article by a woman named Sarah Menkedick entitled “Unfiltered: How Motherhood Interrupted My Relationship with Social Media.” The piece was not only wittily and engagingly written, it also spoke to some pretty profound truths about our cultural situation today and the generation that has come of age under the influence of the Internet.

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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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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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