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Fr. Robert Barron

Last week, two prominent Catholic women—Kathleen Sebelius in an address to the graduates of Georgetown University’s public policy school, and Maureen Dowd in a column published in the New York Times - delivered strong statements about the Church’s role in civil society.  Dowd's column was more or less a screed, while Sebelius’s address was relatively measured in tone.  Yet both were marked by some pretty fundamental misunderstandings, which have, sadly, become widespread.
 
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May 24, 2012
The new evangelization and seminaries
By Father Robert Barron

Just last week it was announced that I have been named the new Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary, my alma mater and one of the largest seminaries in the United States.  I believe that one reason Cardinal Francis George chose me for this position is that I’ve been working the past several years in the evangelization of the culture.  The last two popes have emphasized that seminaries should take the New Evangelization as their raison d’etre and organizing principle; therefore, I...

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April 25, 2012
How to solve the bully problem
By Father Robert Barron

It is very difficult indeed to watch the new documentary “Bully” without experiencing both an intense sadness and a feeling of helplessness.  The film opens with the heartbreaking ruminations of a father whose son committed suicide after being brutally bullied by his classmates. 

We hear a number of similar stories throughout the film, and we also are allowed to watch and listen as very real kids are pestered, belittled, mocked, and in some cases, physically assaulted; just because...

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April 19, 2012
Why do Catholics leave, and what can be done about it?
By Father Robert Barron

I saw an advance copy of a survey by William J. Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30th edition of “America” magazine. 

It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, and its focus was very simple:  it endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the church.  No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why.  They did so in the most...

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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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