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Bishop Barron Videos

Bishop Barron Header - CRT WebsiteBishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He founded the ministry, Word on Fire, which is an outstanding beacon of The New Evangelization. Bishop Barron has recorded and podcasted over 600 of his Sunday sermons (might I suggest you subscribe via iTunes right now?) and was the creator and host of the extraordinary Catholicism DVD Series. Lucky for me, I had the benefit of being a student of his when I was a seminarian at Mundelein (he was one of the best and most exciting professors I’ve ever had!).

As you’ll see from any of the links below, Bishop Barron is not only incredibly intelligent, but also one of the Church’s best communicators. Since 2007, he has been posting YouTube video commentaries on just about everything. I’m continuously amazed at the relevant and enlightening Catholic analysis Bishop Barron offers. Over 25 million people have already checked out his videos. What are you waiting for?


  1. 2012
  2. A Serious Man
  3. Agora
  4. Angels and Demons
  5. Apocalypto
  6. Arrival
  7. Avatar
  8. Ben-Hur
  9. Bill Maher and Biblical Interpretation
  10. Bridge of Spies
  11. Bully
  12. Calvary (and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness)
  13. Capitalism: A Love Story
  14. Cinderella
  15. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  16. Discovery Channel’s “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”
  17. District 9
  18. Doctor Strange
  19. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  20. Fargo
  21. For Greater Glory
  22. Gran Torino
  23. Gravity
  24. Hail, Caesar!
  25. Hercules and the Modern Meta-Narrative
  26. Hereafter
  27. HBO Series “Rome”
  28. Inception
  29. Indiana Jones
  30. Ingrid Goes West
  31. Jackie
  32. Lady Bird
  33. Last Days in the Desert
  34. Les Misérables
  35. Lord of the Rings (Part 1)
  36. Lord of the Rings (Part 2)
  37. Man of Steel
  38. Midnight in Paris
  39. Miracles from Heaven
  40. Moneyball
  41. Mother!
  42. Noah
  43. No Country for Old Men
  44. Of Gods and Men
  45. Religulous (Bill Maher)
  46. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  47. Risen
  48. Silence
  49. Skyfall
  50. Slumdog Millionaire
  51. The Adjustment Bureau
  52. The Amazing Spider-Man
  53. The Book of Eli
  54. The Case for Christ
  55. The Crown
  56. The Dark Knight
  57. The Dark Knight Rises
  58. The Departed
  59. The Doritos Commercial
  60. The Fault In Our Stars
  61. The Giver and Recovering Our Christian Memory
  62. The Great Gatsby
  63. The Grey
  64. The Hobbit
  65. The Homer Simpson Effect
  66. The Hunger Games
  67. The Ides of March
  68. The Martian
  69. The Matrix (Part 1)
  70. The Matrix (Part 2)
  71. The Revenant
  72. The Shawshank Redemption
  73. The Sopranos (Part 1)
  74. The Sopranos (Part 2)
  75. The Stoning of Soraya M.
  76. The Theory of Everything
  77. To Rome With Love
  78. Tree of Life
  79. True Grit
  80. Vikings
  81. Whiplash
  82. Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate
  83. Woody Allen’s Bleak Vision
  84. World War Z
  85. Zeitgeist The Movie



  1. “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan
  2. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle
  3. All the Light We Cannot See
  4. Bad Religion by Ross Douthat
  5. Being Catholic Now by Kerry Kennedy
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Bob Dylan in China
  8. Dante and the Spiritual Journey
  9. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
  11. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 1)
  12. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 2)
  13. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 3)
  14. Great Spiritual Classics
  15. Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization
  16. The Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama
  17. The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge – Part 1, The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge – Part 2
  18. The Difference God Makes by Cardinal Francis George
  19. The Gap Ad Controversy
  20. The Shack by William P. Young
  21. The Swerve by Stephen Greeblatt
  22. The Way of a Pilgrim
  23. Why Priests? by Gary Wills
  24. Zealot by Reza Aslan



  1. Abortion: Shocking Numbers Out of New York
  2. Andrew Sullivan’s Non-Threatening Jesus
  3. Anne Rice Leaving Christianity
  4. Anti-Catholic Prejudice
  5. Celebrating Bin Laden’s Death?
  6. Charlottesville and America’s Original Sin
  7. College Campus “Safe Spaces”
  8. Corruption
  9. HHS Contraception Mandate
  10. HHS Mandate: Anti-Catholic and Un-American
  11. iGens
  12. ISIS and the Cross
  13. Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
  14. Mother Angelica
  15. On Appointment as Bishop
  16. Paul Ryan and Catholic Social Teaching
  17. Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
  18. Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity
  19. Pope Benedict’s Trip to America
  20. Pope Benedict’s Visit to Germany
  21. Pope Francis and World Youth Day
  22. Pope Francis in America
  23. Pope Francis: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
  24. Pride, Humility, and Social Media
  25. Religious Drifters
  26. Resisting Aggressive Secularism
  27. Senator Edward Kennedy
  28. September 11th: Anger and Forgiveness
  29. Shakespeare and the Fading of the Catholic World
  30. Steroids in Baseball
  31. Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering
  32. The BP Oil Spill
  33. The Brit Hume Controversy
  34. The Childfree Life
  35. The Depressing Pew Forum Study
  36. The Financial Crisis
  37. The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
  38. The Pope Francis Interview
  39. The Prosperity Gospel
  40. The SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
  41. The Synod on the Family
  42. The Tragedy at Newton
  43. Transcending the Financial Crisis
  44. Trends in American Religion
  45. The Two Minus One Pregnancy
  46. The Vampire Craze
  47. The Vatican Investigation of American Nuns
  48. The Willis Tower
  49. Vatican II and the Power of the Laity
  50. Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still Matters
  51. “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” Viral Video
  52. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #1
  53. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #2
  54. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #3
  55. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #4
  56. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #5
  57. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #6
  58. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #7
  59. World Youth Day
  60. World Youth Day 2016



  1. Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 1)
  2. Against the YouTube Heresies (Part 2)
  3. Answering the Skeptics (Part 1)
  4. Answering the Skeptics (Part 2)
  5. Answering the Skeptics (Part 3)
  6. Answering the Skeptics (Part 4)
  7. Answering the Skeptics (Part 5)
  8. Answering the Skeptics (Part 6)
  9. Atheism and Assisted Suicide
  10. Atheism and Philosophy
  11. Bill Nye and Philosophy
  12. Creation
  13. Faith and Reason
  14. God and Morality
  15. God, the Tsunami, and the Problem of Evil
  16. Has Science Refuted Aristotelian Causality?
  17. Lumen Fidei
  18. Misreading Genesis
  19. Peter Hitchens and the “Rage Against God”
  20. Praying for Christopher Hitchens
  21. Religion and Science
  22. Religulous (Bill Maher)
  23. Scientism and God’s Existence
  24. Stephen Hawking and More Tired Atheism
  25. The Argument from Desire
  26. The New Atheists
  27. The Religious “Nones”
  28. The Rise of the “Nones”
  29. Thomas Aquinas and the Argument from Motion
  30. Violence in the Bible
  31. Why Christians Leave Church
  32. Why Do We Believe in God?
  33. Why I Loved to Listen to Christopher Hitchens
  34. Why Is There So Much Disorder in the Universe?
  35. Why So Many Atheists are on the CNN Belief Blog
  36. Who God Is and Who God Is Not
  37. Zeitgeist The Movie



  1. Can God Be Both One and Many?
  2. Can We Completely Understand the Trinity?
  3. How Can Jesus Be Both God and Human?
  4. How Do We Know We Are Encountering God?
  5. How Does the Church Fit Into and Serve the Trinity?
  6. How Jesus is the Messiah
  7. Is the Truth of the Trinity Found in Scripture?
  8. John Dominic Rossan’s Strange Jesus
  9. So What About God?
  10. The Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus
  11. The Genealogy of Jesus
  12. The God Who Doesn’t Need Us
  13. The Holy Spirit
  14. The Meaning of the Trinity
  15. What Are the Most Common Views of God?
  16. What Images of God Are Present in the New Testament?
  17. What Images of God Are Present in the Old Testament?
  18. What Is the Trinity?
  19. Who Is Jesus?
  20. Who Jesus Truly Is



  1. A Persecuted Church and Its Heroes
  2. Anti-Catholicism
  3. Bishops, Cardinal George, and Pope Francis
  4. Black Elk and the Need for Catechesis
  5. Catholicism Series – Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  6. Catholic Seminaries and Evangelization
  7. Confirmation 1
  8. Confirmation 2
  9. Confirmation and Evangelization
  10. “Dumbed Down” Catholicism
  11. Effective Evangelization
  12. Eucharistic Adoration
  13. Eucharist Book
  14. Eucharist DVD
  15. Evangelization with the Heart of a Shepherd
  16. How to Preach Like an Apostle
  17. How should we address spiritually dry periods?
  18. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 1)
  19. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 2)
  20. Leaving the Church
  21. New Media and Evangelization
  22. One More Empty Church
  23. Prayer
  24. Seven Great Qualities of a New Evangelist
  25. Silence and the Meaning of the Mass
  26. Social Justice and Evangelization
  27. Spiritual Food
  28. The Church’s One Purpose
  29. The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer
  30. The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church
  31. The iPhone Confession App and Return to Confession
  32. The Last Acceptable Prejudice
  33. The Lord’s Prayer
  34. The Mass
  35. The Next Generation of the Catholic Commentariat
  36. The New Translation of the Roman Missal
  37. The Prophet Ezekiel and the Sex Abuse Crisis
  38. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  39. The Reform and the Renewal of Theology
  40. The Sacrament of Marriage
  41. The Vatican and the New Media
  42. What Gifts Does God Give the Catholic Church?
  43. What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism?
  44. Why Catholics Leave the Church



  1. Abortion and Health Care
  2. Abraham, Isaac, and Christ
  3. Apocalyptic Literature
  4. A Nation Under God; A Nation that Keeps the Sabbath
  5. Being Born Again
  6. Biblical Family Values
  7. Biblical Religion
  8. Blasphemy
  9. Catholic Relics
  10. Christianity and Ethics
  11. C.S. Lewis
  12. Caritas in Veritate
  13. Conscience and Morality
  14. Contraception and Social Change
  15. Daniel Berrigan and Non-Violence
  16. Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy, Aadditional Commentary
  17. Evangelizing Through Beauty
  18. Evangelizing Through the Good
  19. Faith, Hope, and Love
  20. Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument
  21. Grace and Karma
  22. Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 1), Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 2)
  23. Hell
  24. Heroic Materialism
  25. Idolatry
  26. Is Hell Crowded or Empty?
  27. Judgment and the Lord God
  28. Love and Tolerance
  29. Love, Tolerance, and Making Distinctions
  30. Mark’s Gospel and the Victory of God
  31. Marriage and Relationships
  32. Martin Luther
  33. Mercy and the Cross (World Youth Day 2016)
  34. Modernity and Morality
  35. Morality, Character, and Relationships
  36. Nature and Grace
  37. Nature and the Biblical God
  38. Original Sin
  39. Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible
  40. Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity
  41. Pope Benedict as a Witness of God
  42. Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia”
  43. Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching
  44. Pope Francis and Mercy
  45. Pope Francis and “The Joy of the Gospel”
  46. Pope Francis and “The Religious Sense”
  47. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”
  48. Pope Francis’ Message to Priests
  49. Porn and the Curse of Sexual Freedom
  50. Preaching the Gospel
  51. Protestantism and Authority
  52. Religious Liberty
  53. René Girard
  54. Sex, Love, and God
  55. Sexuality, Sacrifice, and Love
  56. Stephen Colbert and Providence
  57. Taking the Discipline
  58. The 10 Commandments
  59. The Book of Daniel
  60. The Book of Revelation
  61. The Buffered Self
  62. The Council of Trent
  63. The Devil
  64. The Development of Doctrine
  65. The Fall
  66. The Hookup Culture
  67. The Legacy of Cardinal Francis George
  68. The Limits of Tolerance
  69. The Meaning of Vatican II
  70. The Nativity of Luke’s Gospel
  71. The Parable of the Talents
  72. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
  73. The Republican and Democratic Conventions
  74. The Resurrection of Jesus 1
  75. The Resurrection of Jesus 2
  76. The “Waze” of Providence
  77. The Woman at the Well
  78. Theology and the New Media
  79. Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master
  80. Vatican II: The Greatest Meeting of All Time
  81. Violence in the Bible
  82. What Faith Is and What Faith Isn’t
  83. What is Natural Law?
  84. What is the Kingdom of God?
  85. What You Believe Makes a Difference
  86. Why It Matters that Our Democracy Trusts in God
  87. Why It’s Okay to be Against Heresy
  88. Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters
  89. Wise Words from Pope Benedict



  1. A Great Time to Be a Priest
  2. Being a Priest Today
  3. Bishop Barron Goes to Baby Bishop School
  4. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 1)
  5. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 2)
  6. Heroic Priesthood
  7. How Should I Discern the Priesthood?
  8. Mundelein Seminary: The Calling



  1. A Tale of Two Skulls
  2. All Saints Day
  3. Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II
  4. Having a “Personal Relationship” with Jesus
  5. Mother Teresa and Her Sisters
  6. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  7. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Blessed John Paul II
  8. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  9. Mundelein Seminary Presents: Our Lady of Guadalupe
  10. Mundelein Seminary Presents: St. Thomas Aquinas
  11. Pier Giorgio Frassati
  12. Procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe
  13. Satellites and Praying to the Saints
  14. St. Charles Lwanga
  15. St. John Paul II’s “Lessons in Hope”
  16. St. Patrick and St. Joseph
  17. St. Paul and the Mission of the Church
  18. St. Peter and St. Paul
  19. St. Therese of Lisieux
  20. St. Thomas Aquinas
  21. St. Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome
  22. The Calling of the Disciples
  23. The Canonization of Junípero Serra
  24. The Cave-Dwelling Kid Who Changed the World
  25. The Indecipherable Writing of St. Thomas Aquinas
  26. The Queenship of Mary
  27. Two Radical, Converted Disciples
  28. Which saint biographies do you recommend?, Link for: Louis de Wohl novels
  29. Why Are Some Saints Called Doctors of the Church?
  30. Why Pope John XXIII is a Saint
  31. Why Pray to the Saints?



  1. Christmas (1)
  2. Christmas (2)
  3. Christmas Message
  4. Lent
  5. New Year’s Resolutions
  6. Palm Sunday
  7. The Advent Revolution
  8. The Best Thing You Can Do in the Year of Mercy
  9. The Fourth of July
  10. The Meaning of Easter
  11. The Spirituality of Advent
  12. What’s Unique about Advent?



  1. Ambassador Program Invitation
  2. Bishop Barron’s Coat of Arms
  3. Fr. Barron’s Five Favorite Books
  4. Hospitalland
  5. Looking at the Dome of St. Peter’s
  6. Thank you for 10 million views on YouTube!
  7. The Colosseum
  8. The Danger of Turning Religion Into a “Toy”
  9. Word on Fire in Mexico: At Our Lady of Guadalupe
  10. Word on Fire in Mexico: Day 1
  11. Word on Fire in Mexico: Greetings in Spanish



  1. An Epic TV & DVD Series, Book & Study Program
  2. Archbishop Timothy Dolan
  3. At the Isenheim Crucifixion by Grünewald
  4. At the Prado in Madrid
  5. At the Tomb of St. John of the Cross
  6. Background on the Project
  7. Cardinal George Blesses the Word on Fire Headquarters
  8. Catholicism Series – Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  9. Catholicism Series Trailer 1Catholicism Series Trailer 2
  10. Catholicism Week – Reflections and Stories
  11. David the King
  12. David the King – Testimonials
  13. David the King – Trailer
  14. Filming on the Edge of the World
  15. Golfer Chip Beck
  16. In Avila, Spain
  17. In Chartes, France
  18. In Cologne, Germany
  19. In Jerusalem
  20. In Lisieux, France
  21. In New York City
  22. In Orvieto, Italy
  23. In Paris, France (Part 1), In Paris, France (Part 2)
  24. Inspirational CD Set
  25. Introducing the New WordonFire.org
  26. Priest, Prophet, King DVD trailer
  27. Priest, Prophet, King Promo
  28. Priest, Prophet, King Sample – Lesson 1
  29. Promo Spot
  30. Reaction to the Private Screening of Episode One
  31. Roundtable Discussion
  32. Series Highlights
  33. Talking to Cardinal Foley
  34. The Chicago Premiere
  35. The Mystery of God sample (lesson 1)
  36. The Mystery of God trailer
  37. The Pivotal Players: Avignon
  38. The Pivotal Players: Introduction
  39. The Pivotal Players: Monte Cassino
  40. The Pivotal Players: On the Train
  41. The Pivotal Players: Palace of the Popes
  42. The Pivotal Players: Paris
  43. The Pivotal Players: Siena
  44. The Pivotal Players: St. Catherine of Siena
  45. The Pivotal Players: St. Thomas Aquinas
  46. The Pivotal Players Trailer
  47. Update from Rome
  48. Where One Saint Baptized Another
  49. Word on Fire – Testimony


Greg and Kate Aitchison with Fr. Barron after Catholic Celebration in St. Paul, MN, 2013

I had the privilege of helping pick up Fr. Barron at the airport for the 2013 Catholic Celebration in St. Paul, MN.
I wore a large, foam cowboy hat so that Fr. Barron could easily spot me. I felt really cool.