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Fr. Robert Barron
April 10, 2012
Andrew Sullivan’s non-threatening Jesus
By Father Robert Barron

The recent story for Newsweek magazine during Holy Week, penned by political and cultural commentator Andrew Sullivan, concerns the “crisis” that is supposedly gripping Christianity. 

Weighed down by its preoccupation with doctrines and supernatural claims, which are incredible to contemporary audiences, compromised by the corruption of its leadership, co-opted for base political ends, Christianity is verging, he argues, on the brink of collapse. 

The solution Sullivan proposes is...

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March 27, 2012
The revolutionary message of Palm Sunday
By Father Robert Barron

The texts that Christians typically read on Palm Sunday have become so familiar to them that they probably don't sense their properly revolutionary power.  But no first-century Jew would have missed the excitement and danger implicit in the coded language of the accounts describing Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his death. 

In Mark’s Gospel we hear that Jesus and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives.”  A bit of...

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March 14, 2012
Cleansing of the Temple
By Father Robert Barron

Artistic representations of the Ten Commandments often depict two stone tablets on which there are two tables of inscriptions.

This portrayal follows from a classical division of the commandments in which there are two specific categories—those that order humanity’s relationship with God and those that order human relationships with one another. If we consider the Bible as a totality, it becomes apparent that the Scriptures give priority to the first table, those commands dealing with...

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March 07, 2012
Let's stop talking about evangelization and do it!
By Father Robert Barron

As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We’re heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the New Evangelization as it is actually practiced. The documentary will feature the trip to Australia, as well as a journey to the United Kingdom, and after that, New York City. Those settings will provide the...

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February 10, 2012
The HHS Mandate: Anti-Catholic and Un-American
By Father Robert Barron

Some years ago, Holy Cross Father James Burtchaell published a seminal book entitled The Dying of the Light.  The central thesis of this study was that hundreds of universities that began under religious auspices and for religious purposes—the University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, to name just some of the most prominent—have undergone so thorough an erosion of their original identities that now they are utterly secular in orientation. 

A particularly interesting feature of...

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January 20, 2012
Why Jesus and religion are like two peas in a pod
By Father Robert Barron

Every once in a while, a video unexpectedly becomes an internet sensation, garnering attention all over the place and spreading like wildfire through the virtual world.

Just this past week, a phenomenon of this type has emerged in the form of a slickly produced video of a twenty-something-year-old man in a leather jacket half rapping, half speaking a poem about Jesus and religion—more specifically how the former came to abolish the latter.

Incredibly, this five-minute video (without much...

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January 17, 2012
Effective evangelization commences with joy
By Father Robert Barron

One of the great icons in the Catholic Church today is Archbishop (soon to be Cardinal) Timothy Dolan of New York making his way up the aisle to commence Sunday Mass at St.Patrick’s Cathedral. While the congregation belts out the opening hymn, the good Archbishop thumps his episcopal crozier on the ground,beams at all and sundry, kisses babies, embraces young and old, calls out the names of friends he recognizes and generally speaking,spreads good cheer in every direction. One would have...

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January 10, 2012
A persecuted church and its heroes
By Father Robert Barron

A recent survey has indicated something that should lift the hearts of Christians everywhere, namely, that the fastest growing religion on the planet is Christianity. This explosive growth is on particularly clear display in Africa and Asia, where churches and seminaries can’t be built fast enough to accommodate the need. It is especially important that we in the West become cognizant of this state of affairs, for with the rise of secularism and the fall-off in church attendance in...

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January 03, 2012
The Hobbit and the Gospel
By Father Robert Barron

Like Star Wars, The Divine Comedy, and Moby Dick, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is the story of a hero’s journey. This helps to explain, of course, why, like those other narratives, it has proved so perennially compelling.

The hero’s tale follows a classical, almost stereotyped, pattern: a person is wrenched out of complacency and self-absorption and called to a great adventure, during which he (or she), through struggle, comes to maturity and vision. In Moby Dick, the young Ishmael...

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January 02, 2012
Why I loved to listen to Christopher Hitchens
By Father Robert Barron

I have, over the years, playfully accused some of my atheist interlocutors of being “secret Herods.”  The biblical Herod arrested John the Baptist but nevertheless took pleasure in listening to John preach from his prison cell.  So, I’ve suggested, the atheists who come to my website and comment so acerbically and so frequently on my internet videos are, despite themselves, secretly seeking out the things of God.  I will confess to having a certain Herod syndrome in reverse in regard...

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