Bishop Robert Barron

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Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith. He was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on September 8, 2015.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He has also appeared on several media outlets including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron's website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 14 million times. Next to Pope Francis, he is the most-followed Catholic leader on social media.

Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers." He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world.

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“The Crown” and the Fundamental Values of Society

***Spoiler Alert*** The Netflix original series The Crown, which has to do with the last months of the reign of King George VI and the first years of the reign of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, is just the kind of program that Americans in particular seem naturally to love. It features beautiful photography of palaces, processions, and formal receptions; and […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Why We Should Address Jesus as Thou

On the final morning of the November meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we were treated to a fine sermon by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. The leader of the church in Seattle spent a good deal of time discussing Pier Giorgio Frassati, a saint from the early twentieth century to whom he and I both have a […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

Go in Haste! Be Amazed! Treasure!

By now most of you are probably aware of the depressing statistics regarding the “nones,” that is to say, those in this country who claim no religious affiliation. The most recent survey showed that now fully one fourth of Americans belong to no religion at all—that’s approximately 80,000,000 people. And among those in the 18-29 age group, the percentage of nones […]

Why Christmas Should Bother Everybody

Just a few weeks ago, at a ceremony for the lighting of the national Christmas tree, President Obama remarked on the meaning of the season. Here are some of the things he said: “Over these next few weeks, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, as we retell the story of weary travelers, a star, shepherds, Magi, I hope […]

Scene from the Move "The Giver"

“The Giver” and the Fading Memory of Christianity

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver has garnered a very wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. The […]

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

Noah: A Post-Modern Midrash

Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic re-telling of the story of Noah has certainly stirred people up.  While quite a few reviewers, both religious and non-religious, have given the film high marks, many Christians, both Evangelical and Catholic, have registered a far less than enthusiastic reaction.  One prominent Catholic blogger and movie reviewer opined that “Noah” is “embarrassingly awful” and “the stupidest film […]

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Pope Francis and the “Joy of the Gospel” — Fr. Barron Comments

“Well an emergency has a way of focusing the mind and establishing priorities. So if a fire breaks out in a home, the inhabitants of that home will set aside their squabbling and they will get together to address this emergency. Or if a foreign nation invades well the lawmakers the nation invaded are going to set aside their internecine […]

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The Season of Lent — Father Barron Comments

The three classical practices the Church associates with Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving; three things that we do. It’s important to emphasize about Lent… we can internalize it too much; interiorize it, you know, what goes on inside me. It is more a set of practices. We pray during Lent. What’s prayer? John of Damascus said “prayer is the […]

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Pope Francis: Time’s Man of the Year — Father Barron Comments

Well, I am glad indeed that Time Magazine has made Pope Francis its Man of the Year for 2013. Francis clearly has captured the imagination of the world. I think it’s fair to say he’s breathed a kind of new spirit into the Church. And I am delighted really the secular press has… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary […]