Bishop Barron is traveling overseas to film the last two episodes of his Pivotal Players series. So in this episode, we share a clip from one of his classic study programs, “Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues”.

The clip focuses on the sin of pride and the corresponding virtue of humility. Get access to the full study program (and all of Bishop Barron’s films) when you join the Word on Fire Institute at wordonfire.institute.

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Why does Bishop Barron focus heavily on ad extra evangelization, the type of ministry aimed at the peripheries of the culture? That’s the focus of this episode. Bishop also responds to some of the criticisms he’s received for his appearances at Facebook, Google, and Amazon, along with his interviews with Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson.

A listener asks how why Jesus often tells people not to tell anyone about his healing miracles.

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Bishop Barron spoke to all the U.S. bishops about the “nones” during their recent USCCB gathering. In this episode, we walk through Bishop Barron’s talk and discuss some of the criticism he’s received about his presentation, particularly his reference to the Jordan Peterson phenomenon.

A listener asks how we can stay optimistic as Catholics in light of all the challenges the Church faces.

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As the Word on Fire Institute launches a new course by Dr. Christopher Kaczor on “Myths of the Catholic Church,” Bishop Barron and host Jared Zimmerer talk about seven of the most common misunderstandings people have about Catholicism.

A listener asks about blessings–what they are, and what they do.

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In his recent interview with Ben Shapiro, Bishop Barron said that he wants to “re-Judaize Catholicism”—to read Christ, the Bible, and the Christian faith through the lens of Israel. How do we do this? That’s what he and host Jared Zimmerer discuss in today’s episode.

A listener asks why the East and West churches split, and why they haven’t been reunited.

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Non-Catholic listeners send in their questions for Bishop Barron. Questions include:

  • As a Christian, do you ever think, “What if God doesn’t exist”?
  • How are Adam and Eve guilty of disobedience if they had no knowledge of good/evil until after they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
  • Why did the disciples betray Jesus despite seeing miracles?
  • Why is God almost exclusively referred to as a masculine entity in the Catholic Church?
  • How do I understand Mary’s important in the Catholic Faith? Is it essential?
  • How can we trust the Bible, when evidence shows the Old Testament isn’t true?
  • Did John Henry Newman have any disagreements with the Catholic Church before his conversion?

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Several recent bestselling books have focused on the Enlightenment, including Stephen Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. But what was the Enlightenment, and how should we view its effects? Bishop Barron offers his take today.

A listener asks how Christians determine which parts of the Mosaic law in the Old Testament are still in effect today.

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The great novelist, J.R.R. Tolkien, has enchanted generations of readers with his Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and is the subject of a new feature film, titled Tolkien. But in today’s episode, Bishop Barron talks about Tolkien’s Catholic faith, which was mostly absent in the new film, but critical to his upbringing and his stories of Middle-earth.

A listener asks what he should if he’s unable to find a spiritual director.

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A recent bill proposed in the California Senate will force priests to report any crimes of sexual abuse they hear about in the confessional, breaking the seal of Confession. Bishop Barron speaks about the sacredness of this sacrament and what the Church should do if, suddenly, the sacrament of Confession becomes functionally illegal.

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Today we discuss Bishop Barron’s new book, titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis.

In light of this current crisis, many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?”

This book explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lenses of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows that we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by holy men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path forward for us today.

Thanks to generous donors, you can claim a free copy of the print book (you just cover shipping handling) and place bulk orders of 20+ copies for just $1 per copy (with free shipping.)

Get your copies here >> https://wordonfireshow.com/letter

And encourage your pastor and staff to order copies for your whole parish!

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