There seems to be a divide in the Catholic Church between so-called “pro-life” Catholic and so-called “social justice” Catholics. Where did this come from? How do we heal this split? That's what Bishop Barron discusses in this episode. A listener asks how to respond when a beggar asks for money on the street.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro: Ingrid Goes West and Facebook announcement
  • 3:45 - How did the Pro-Life movement and the Social Justice movement become divided?
  • 5:55 - How should the "both/and" quality of Catholicism address this great separation?
  • 7:00 - What does "social justice" mean in the Catholic tradition?
  • 9:15 - Should the Pro-Life and Social Justice movements be equally emphasized in the life of the Church?
  • 13:20 - How do we heal the divide between these two groups of Catholics?
  • 14:55 - How can the saints help provide a path forward?
  • 17:00 - How does Pope Francis balance the priority of these two issues?
  • 19:32 - Question from listener: How should Catholics react to beggars on the street?

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Every now and then, articles and surveys pop up suggesting that religious people are, by whatever criteria, dumber than then general population—or at least dumber than atheists. Today Bishop Barron responds to this and the charge that religion has a “smart-people problem.” A listener asks about new ecclesial movements in the Church. Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05 - Intro and Catholic podcast recommendations
  • 1:30 - Bishop Barron's initial reaction to the articles claiming that religion has a smart-people problem.
  • 5:00 - What does it say about religion when studies show that most scientists are atheists?
  • 8:30 - Is it worrisome that most professional philosophers are atheists?
  • 12:00 - Does it matter that most religious philosophers are theists?
  • 13:30 - How does the culture feel about religious people, are they considered childish and simple-minded?
  • 17:50 - What does historical evidence tell us about the relationship between science and religion?
  • 19:30 - Question from listener: What's your take on Communion and Liberation and other ecclesial movements in the Church?

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What is beauty? Is beauty undefinable and entirely relativistic? Or is beauty an objective reality, backed by reason and understanding? How do Catholics define beauty, and how has Catholic Church evangelized through beauty over the centuries? In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron answers these questions and more about the transcendental nature of beauty. The listener question comes from Argentina and wonders how art might be used in evangelization? Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

Topics Discussed

  • 0:05  - Intro, a Cardinal visits and the sun eclipses
  • 4:00 - Why has Bishop Barron considered beauty the privileged route of evangelization?
  • 8:25 - What is beauty?
  • 10:55 - What three things combine to make something beautiful?
  • 15:55 - Why do some people disagree about a masterpiece being beautiful?
  • 19:20 - How can someone be transformed by beauty?
  • 24:14 - What was a profound moment of beauty in Bishop Barron's life?
  • 25:43 - Question from listener: How can the arts aid in evangelization?

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What really happens when we die? In a recent interview with Larry King, popular astro-physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, offers a scientifically reduced answer to this philosophically rich question. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron reacts to Tyson's response and offers a more holistic understanding of human identity and death. A listener asks how God can be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself. Love the show?  Want more people to listen? Take two seconds to leave us a review!

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 - Intro: Bishop Barron speaks at a tech conference
  • 1:30 - Explaining the interview and Tyson's explanation of physical death
  • 5:20 - Are scientists seen as the new priests?
  • 8:10 - What happens when you die besides the obvious scientific realities?
  • 10:00 - Why do atheists still cling to moral values?
  • 11:09 - Does culminating as meat for maggots offer a sense of eternal fulfillment?
  • 12:30 - Tyson's explanation of our annihilation upon death.
  • 14:55 - Is it a wish fulfilling fantasy to desire consciousness after death?
  • 20:00 - Would anyone really want to live forever?
  • 22:30 - What really happens when we die according to Christians?
  • 25:25 - Question from listener: How can God be both a person and the sheer act of "to be" itself?

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Normally, in each episode we take one listener question. But we've received such a large number of outstanding questions from around the globe that we’ve decided to devote another episode to answering a range of questions from listeners like you. Bishop Barron answers several questions, rapid fire, on many different topics.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:24  - Intro: Bishop Barron returns from his CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film trip
  • 2:00 - Should we feel guilty for not giving away all of our possessions and serving the poorest of the poor?
  • 5:10 - If there are aliens, did Jesus appear to them as well?
  • 7:45 - What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?
  • 9:45 - Why do we take both the Bread and the Wine in Communion?
  • 13:20 - When does venting turn into gossip, and how do we avoid gossiping?
  • 18:45 - Where is Jesus' body today?
  • 24:25 - What might Jesus say about dealing with a bad breakup?
  • 26:45 - What resources should Catholics read to understand Martin Luther?

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Bishop Barron is flying back from Europe after his Pivotal Players recording trip, so instead of a live show, we're bringing you a special excerpt from his upcoming "David the King" series. Learn about Hannah and the "law of the gift" in this stirring commentary. Also, be sure to visit DavidTheKing.com and use the coupon code DAVID to save $10 on the DVD or Blu-ray version of the series!

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  • Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production are in Italy, filming the next round of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/videos

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
    • 1:28 - Does it ever get old for Bishop Barron to travel?
    • 2:41 - The CATHOLICISM series production team
    • 4:46 - Surprisingly small film crew for such a grand production
    • 5:50 - Interesting stops for a first visit to Rome
    • 9:15 - What's the difference between a vacation and a pilgrimage?
    • 11:20 - Bishop Barron's favorite place during the filming so far
    • 12:55 - The St. Francis fresco painted during his own lifetime
    • 13:20 - What's Bishop Barron's prayer like during a filming trip?
    • 15:33 - Why is the Divine Office so important to Bishop Barron?
    • 17:51 - Why all baptized people should consider praying the Liturgy of the Hours
    • 18:23 - Praying the psalms for the sake of the world
    • 19:20 - Who was St. Ambrose and why does he matter?
    • 23:28 - What do you miss most about the United States?
    • 24:20- Question from listener: Fr. Steve Grunow asks what St. Benedict and St. Augustine, both Italians, have to say to Italians today?

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    Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume of biographical documentaries features some of the greatest figures in all of world history. Be sure to take advantage of special behind the scenes access from the Pivotal Players film trip! Sign-up for exclusive footage at: WordOnFireShow.com/Videos

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:05  - Intro, the new Spiderman movie
    • 1:40 - What makes St. Benedict a pivotal player?
    • 6:10 - Why is St. Augustine a pivotal player?
    • 10:00 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Rome?
    • 15:00 - What is Benedictine life like?
    • 19:45 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Milan?
    • 23:25 - What will Bishop Barron be filming in Paris?
    • 25:00 - Question from listener: How were Adam and Eve able to fall from grace if they were born without original sin?

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    Have you ever had an opportunity to share your faith but opted to remain quiet? There are several reasons why we might shy away from these grace-filled moments. In this episode of the Word On Fire Show, Bishop Barron teaches us how to overcome the hurdles of evangelization and let loose our missionary potential. The listener question comes from an Australian medical student who wants to know how we can evangelize in our everyday settings. Also, be sure to take advantage of our Word on Fire Show listener sale! ENTER PROMO CODE: DAVID to save $10 on our newest film at DavidTheKing.com

    Topics Discussed

    • 0:05  - Intro, what Bishop Barron is reading
    • 1:25 - How do you overcome being nervous about discussing, debating religion?
    • 7:45 - How do we evangelize if we aren't scholars or experts about religion?
    • 13:55 - How do we evangelize without losing our friends or pushing people away by trying to convert them?
    • 18:25 - How do we evangelize in a culture that says religion is a private hobby that does not belong in the public sphere.
    • 25:00 - How do we overcome despair, feeling like nothing we say or do will have an evangelical effect.
    • 29:00 - Question from listener: How do we evangelize in our daily lives?

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    Do you ever wish you could read more books? Have you ever thought about writing articles at the professional level or authoring your own book? Bishop Robert Barron has read a library's worth of texts, written fifteen books, and composed thousands of short works. In this episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron offers helpful advice on how to improve your performance in the language arts.

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