SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Bishop Robert Barron

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January 11, 2018
When I saw the trailer for Alexander Payne’s new film, Downsizing, I thought the movie would be a light-hearted farce, relying principally on visual gags. In fact, the jokes based on the contrast between regular-sized people and their five-inch tall counterparts are surprisingly rare. Most of the film deals with events within the world of
December 07, 2017
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
October 12, 2017
Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Mother! has certainly stirred up a storm, and no wonder. It features (spoiler alert) murder, point-blank executions, incinerations, and the killing and devouring of a child. I know: pleasant evening at the movies. Mother! will just seem deeply weird unless you see it as a fairly straightforward allegory. Once you crack
December 15, 2016
Like ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, Independence Day and a host of similar films over the past 30 years, Arrival explores the theme of an alien visitation to earth. In this version, Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams) is a linguistic expert who is called upon by the US military to facilitate
November 17, 2016
Scott Derrickson’s new film, Doctor Strange, has received rave reviews for its special effects, its compelling storytelling and the quality of its actors, but I would like to focus on the spirituality implicit in it. Doctor Strange is far from a satisfying presentation of the spiritual order, but it represents a significant step in the
November 10, 2016
I recently had the privilege of speaking to around 9,000 middle and high-school students from the Catholic schools of Los Angeles archdiocese. They were gathered in the cavernous Galen Center at the University of Southern California (USC), and the atmosphere in the room was electric. There was a good deal of upbeat music and games,
October 20, 2016
This autumn I am giving presentations to all the high school teachers, staff and administrators in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These talks take place on an annual basis, and they are dedicated to a regular cycle of topics. This year, the theme is morality. Lucky me! My guess is that disquisitions on doctrine or
September 29, 2016
For the past week, I have been sequestered at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an institution about five miles west of St Peter’s Basilica. I’m here for the Formation for New Bishops programme, more colloquially known as “baby bishop school”. My colleagues are about 150 other bishops from around the world who have
September 08, 2016
After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of those who responded to the survey, but the reasons they offer for abandoning Christianity are just so uncompelling. That is to
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