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.

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

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In today’s episode, we share the second half of a talk Bishop Barron gave on John Henry Newman’s famous book An Essay on the Development of Doctrine.

If you missed the first, click here to listen to Part 1.

Also, be sure to pick up your Word on Fire Classics edition of Newman’s Development of Doctrine, which includes a Foreword by Bishop Barron!

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In March 2019, Bishop Barron was interviewed by Dr. Jordan Peterson for the Jordan B. Peterson Podcast. To say the discussion was highly anticipated is an understatement. Fans of both Dr. Peterson and Bishop Barron have asked for these two great minds to meet, and their wide-ranging, nearly two-hour discussion is worth the wait.

Although the interview hasn’t been made public yet on Jordan Peterson’s channels, in this episode we discuss some of the most interesting parts of the interview.

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A listener asks about the term logos and what it means.

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Recently, The New York Times featured an op-ed by philosophy professor Peter Atteton, who tried to show that the idea of God is incoherent. Bishop Barron responds to Atteton’s points and shows how there are no logical problems with believing in God.

A listener asks whether Catholic universities should begin offering an evangelization major or concentration.

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We record this episode the day after a tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris has destroyed the spire, roof, and interior of one of the most important and magnificent religious sites in the world. Bishop Barron shares his close ties to Notre Dame, including his time as tour guide, and explains why these Gothic churches are so significant.

A listener asks about Robert Sokolowski and which of his books to read.

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As Holy Week begins, listen to Bishop Barron’s reflections on the 14 Stations of the Cross. Stream it all at once, or throughout the week, as we approach the memorial of Christ’s Passion.

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Bishop Barron and Joe Gloor record live from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, discussing what’s new and exciting at Word on Fire.

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Kids from around the world ask Bishop Barron their burning questions about God’s favorite food, whether heaven has an edge, and why the ground shook when Jesus died on the Cross.

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Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt record live from Rome, where they visited for Bishop’s reception of an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (aka The Angelicum.)

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