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Fr. Robert Barron
November 20, 2012
The greatest meeting of all time
By Father Robert Barron

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Accordingly, there has been a good deal of commentary from historians, theologians and even from the handful of bishops and experts who actually participated in the Council five decades ago. I was particularly struck by an observation made by Fr. John O’Malley, the Jesuit historian who penned, some years ago, an influential book called What Happened at Vatican II? The Second Vatican...

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October 31, 2012
Resisting an aggressive secularism
By Father Robert Barron

It was with barely concealed delight that “Chicago Sun-Times” columnist Neil Steinberg conveyed the findings of the recent Pew Forum survey that the “nones,” those who claim no particular religious affiliation, are sharply on the rise in America. Moreover, he crowed, the survey revealed that a disproportionate number of young people placed themselves firmly in the “none” camp, thus indicating that religion’s decline would only accelerate in the years to come. Taking these...

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Many of the Catholic Church’s teachings are vilified in both the high and popular cultures, but none more than its doctrines concerning marriage and sexuality. Time and again, the Church’s views on sex are characterized as puritanical, life denying and hopelessly outdated — holdovers from the Bronze Age. Above all, critics pillory the Church for setting unreasonable limits to the sexual freedom of contemporary people. Church leaders, who defend traditional sexual morality, are...

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October 02, 2012
Why the sciences will never disprove the existence of God
By Father Robert Barron

Given the ruminations of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, one might have thought that the absolute limit of scientistic arrogance had been reached.

But think again.

Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, was quoted in a recent news article asserting that “science” is on the verge of providing a complete understanding of the universe — an explication, it goes without saying, that precludes the antiquated notion of God...

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September 18, 2012
Savvy headhunters and the hookup culture
By Father Robert Barron

I first came across the term “hookup culture” in Leonard Sax’s thought provoking and disturbing 2005 book, Why Gender Matters. But the phenomenon itself I found beautifully depicted in a novel published a year earlier: Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons.

As Sax specifies, the hookup mentality—prevalent among even some very young people but especially among university students—dictates that casual sexual encounters involving absolutely no expectation of relationship, or even...

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September 11, 2012
Why the Queenship of Mary matters
By Father Robert Barron

The Catholic Church annually celebrates the feast of the Queenship of Mary.  I would imagine that most people, upon hearing of this celebration, would think of it as something rather twee and sentimental, a quaint devotion for grandmothers with a taste for saccharine spirituality. 

But when we examine this feast as we should, through Biblical eyes, a very different picture emerges.

The clearest Scriptural indication that Mary of Nazareth is a queen is a remarkable passage in the 12th...

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August 22, 2012
The great both/and of Catholic social teaching
By Father Robert Barron

For many on the left, Paul Ryan is a menace, the very embodiment of cold, indifferent Republicanism, and for many on the right, he is a knight in shining armor, a God-fearing advocate of a principled conservatism.

Mitt Romney’s choice of Ryan as running mate has already triggered the worst kind of exaggerated hoo-hah on both sides of the political debate. What is most interesting, from my perspective, is that Ryan, a devout Catholic, has claimed the social doctrine of the Church as the...

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August 16, 2012
´The Dark Knight Rises´ and the Cinematic Christ
By Father Robert Barron

In one way or another, all religions deal with the problem of evil, both how to explain it and how to solve it.

Buddhism, for example, teaches that all life is suffering and that the only way out is through the extinction of egotistic desire, that “blowing out of the candle,” designated by the Sanskrit word nirvana. All of Buddhist practice, theory and doctrine are devoted to the attainment of this blissful state.

Manichaeism and Gnosticism—ancient theories still very much alive...

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August 01, 2012
Woody Allen, moralist, 'To Rome With Love'
By Father Robert Barron

Who would have thought that Woody Allen, who twenty years after separating from his longtime girlfriend to notoriously marry her adopted daughter, would emerge as a defender of what can only be called traditional morality? And yet, I find that conclusion unavoidable after viewing the writer-director’s most recent offering, “To Rome With Love.”  This film is the latest in a series of Woody Allen movies – “Match Point,” "Vicky, Christina, Barcelona,” “Midnight in Paris” –...

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July 17, 2012
Spider-Man, Iron Man, Superman, and the God-Man
By Father Robert Barron

This past decade has seen a plethora of movies dealing with superheroes: the “Batman” films, “The Green Lantern,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” etc.  But the most popular—at least judging by box office receipts—has been the Spider-Man franchise.  Since 2002, there have been four major movie adaptations of the Marvel Comics story of a kid who gets bitten by a spider, undergoes a stunning metamorphosis, and  then “catches thieves just like flies.”

What...

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