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Bishop Barron Videos

Bishop 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 gives in his videos. Over 19.5 million people have already checked out his videos. How ’bout you?


  1. 2012
  2. A Serious Man
  3. Agora
  4. Angels and Demons
  5. Apocalypto
  6. Avatar
  7. Ben-Hur
  8. Bill Maher and Biblical Interpretation
  9. Bridge of Spies
  10. Bully
  11. Calvary (and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness)
  12. Capitalism: A Love Story
  13. Cinderella
  14. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  15. Discovery Channel’s “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”
  16. District 9
  17. Doctor Strange
  18. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  19. Fargo
  20. For Greater Glory
  21. Gran Torino
  22. Gravity
  23. Hail, Caesar!
  24. Hercules and the Modern Meta-Narrative
  25. Hereafter
  26. HBO Series “Rome”
  27. Inception
  28. Indiana Jones
  29. Jackie
  30. Last Days in the Desert
  31. Les Misérables
  32. Lord of the Rings (Part 1)
  33. Lord of the Rings (Part 2)
  34. Man of Steel
  35. Midnight in Paris
  36. Miracles from Heaven
  37. Moneyball
  38. Noah
  39. No Country for Old Men
  40. Of Gods and Men
  41. Religulous (Bill Maher)
  42. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  43. Risen
  44. Silence
  45. Skyfall
  46. Slumdog Millionaire
  47. The Adjustment Bureau
  48. The Amazing Spider-Man
  49. The Book of Eli
  50. The Case for Christ
  51. The Crown
  52. The Dark Knight
  53. The Dark Knight Rises
  54. The Departed
  55. The Doritos Commercial
  56. The Fault In Our Stars
  57. The Giver and Recovering Our Christian Memory
  58. The Great Gatsby
  59. The Grey
  60. The Hobbit
  61. The Homer Simpson Effect
  62. The Hunger Games
  63. The Ides of March
  64. The Martian
  65. The Matrix (Part 1)
  66. The Matrix (Part 2)
  67. The Revenant
  68. The Shawshank Redemption
  69. The Sopranos (Part 1)
  70. The Sopranos (Part 2)
  71. The Stoning of Soraya M.
  72. The Theory of Everything
  73. To Rome With Love
  74. Tree of Life
  75. True Grit
  76. Vikings
  77. Whiplash
  78. Why Exorcism Films Still Fascinate
  79. Woody Allen’s Bleak Vision
  80. World War Z
  81. 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. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell
  10. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 1)
  11. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 2)
  12. God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Part 3)
  13. Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, and the New Evangelization
  14. The Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama
  15. The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
  16. The Difference God Makes by Cardinal Francis George
  17. The Gap Ad Controversy
  18. The Shack by William P. Young
  19. The Swerve by Stephen Greeblatt
  20. Why Priests? by Gary Wills
  21. 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. College Campus “Safe Spaces”
  7. Corruption
  8. HHS Contraception Mandate
  9. HHS Mandate: Anti-Catholic and Un-American
  10. ISIS and the Cross
  11. Kathy Griffin and the Vanishing of Argument
  12. Mother Angelica
  13. On Appointment as Bishop
  14. Paul Ryan and Catholic Social Teaching
  15. Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
  16. Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity
  17. Pope Benedict’s Trip to America
  18. Pope Benedict’s Visit to Germany
  19. Pope Francis and World Youth Day
  20. Pope Francis in America
  21. Pope Francis: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
  22. Pride, Humility, and Social Media
  23. Religious Drifters
  24. Resisting Aggressive Secularism
  25. Senator Edward Kennedy
  26. September 11th: Anger and Forgiveness
  27. Shakespeare and the Fading of the Catholic World
  28. Steroids in Baseball
  29. Stephen Fry, Job, and Suffering
  30. The BP Oil Spill
  31. The Brit Hume Controversy
  32. The Childfree Life
  33. The Depressing Pew Forum Study
  34. The Financial Crisis
  35. The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI
  36. The Pope Francis Interview
  37. The Prosperity Gospel
  38. The SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
  39. The Synod on the Family
  40. The Tragedy at Newton
  41. Transcending the Financial Crisis
  42. Trends in American Religion
  43. The Two Minus One Pregnancy
  44. The Vampire Craze
  45. The Vatican Investigation of American Nuns
  46. The Willis Tower
  47. Vatican II and the Power of the Laity
  48. Why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Still Matters
  49. “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” Viral Video
  50. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #1
  51. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #2
  52. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #3
  53. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #4
  54. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #5
  55. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #6
  56. Word from Rome: Conclave Update #7
  57. World Youth Day
  58. 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 Do We Believe in God?
  32. Why I Loved to Listen to Christopher Hitchens
  33. Why Is There So Much Disorder in the Universe?
  34. Why So Many Atheists are on the CNN Belief Blog
  35. Who God Is and Who God Is Not
  36. 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. Catholicism Series – Episode 6: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  5. Catholic Seminaries and Evangelization
  6. Confirmation
  7. Confirmation and Evangelization
  8. “Dumbed Down” Catholicism
  9. Effective Evangelization
  10. Eucharistic Adoration
  11. Eucharist Book
  12. Eucharist DVD
  13. Evangelization with the Heart of a Shepherd
  14. How to Preach Like an Apostle
  15. How should we address spiritually dry periods?
  16. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 1)
  17. Israel, the Church, and the Law (Part 2)
  18. Leaving the Church
  19. New Media and Evangelization
  20. One More Empty Church
  21. Seven Great Qualities of a New Evangelist
  22. Silence and the Meaning of the Mass
  23. The Church’s One Purpose
  24. The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer
  25. The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church
  26. The iPhone Confession App and Return to Confession
  27. The Last Acceptable Prejudice
  28. The Lord’s Prayer
  29. The Next Generation of the Catholic Commentariat
  30. The New Translation of the Roman Missal
  31. The Prophet Ezekiel and the Sex Abuse Crisis
  32. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  33. The Reform and the Renewal of Theology
  34. The Sacrament of Marriage
  35. The Vatican and the New Media
  36. What Gifts Does God Give the Catholic Church?
  37. What Helps Protestants Convert to Catholicism?
  38. 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. Christianity and Ethics
  10. C.S. Lewis
  11. Caritas in Veritate
  12. Conscience and Morality
  13. Daniel Berrigan and Non-Violence
  14. Extreme Demands, Extreme Mercy, Aadditional Commentary
  15. Evangelizing Through Beauty
  16. Evangelizing Through the Good
  17. Faith, Hope, and Love
  18. Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument
  19. Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 1), Hans Urs von Balthasar (part 2)
  20. Hell
  21. Heroic Materialism
  22. Idolatry
  23. Is Hell Crowded or Empty?
  24. Judgment and the Lord God
  25. Love and Tolerance
  26. Love, Tolerance, and Making Distinctions
  27. Mark’s Gospel and the Victory of God
  28. Marriage and Relationships
  29. Martin Luther
  30. Mercy and the Cross (World Youth Day 2016)
  31. Modernity and Morality
  32. Morality, Character, and Relationships
  33. Original Sin
  34. Pope Benedict and How to Read the Bible
  35. Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity
  36. Pope Benedict as a Witness of God
  37. Pope Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia”
  38. Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching
  39. Pope Francis and Mercy
  40. Pope Francis and “The Joy of the Gospel”
  41. Pope Francis and “The Religious Sense”
  42. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si”
  43. Porn and the Curse of Sexual Freedom
  44. Preaching the Gospel
  45. Protestantism and Authority
  46. Religious Liberty
  47. René Girard
  48. Sex, Love, and God
  49. Sexuality, Sacrifice, and Love
  50. Stephen Colbert and Providence
  51. Taking the Discipline
  52. The Book of Daniel
  53. The Book of Revelation
  54. The Buffered Self
  55. The Council of Trent
  56. The Devil
  57. The Development of Doctrine
  58. The Fall
  59. The Hookup Culture
  60. The Legacy of Cardinal Francis George
  61. The Limits of Tolerance
  62. The Meaning of Vatican II
  63. The Nativity of Luke’s Gospel
  64. The Parable of the Talents
  65. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
  66. The Republican and Democratic Conventions
  67. The Resurrection of Jesus 1
  68. The Resurrection of Jesus 2
  69. The “Waze” of Providence
  70. The Woman at the Well
  71. Theology and the New Media
  72. Thomas Merton, Spiritual Master
  73. Vatican II: The Greatest Meeting of All Time
  74. Violence in the Bible
  75. What Faith Is and What Faith Isn’t
  76. What is Natural Law?
  77. What is the Kingdom of God?
  78. What You Believe Makes a Difference
  79. Why It Matters that Our Democracy Trusts in God
  80. Why It’s Okay to be Against Heresy
  81. Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters
  82. Wise Words from Pope Benedict



  1. A Great Time to Be a Priest
  2. Being a Priest Today
  3. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 1)
  4. David and Spirituality of the Priesthood (Part 2)
  5. Heroic Priesthood
  6. How Should I Discern the Priesthood?
  7. 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. Satellites and Praying to the Saints
  13. St. Charles Lwanga
  14. St. Patrick and St. Joseph
  15. St. Paul and the Mission of the Church
  16. St. Peter and St. Paul
  17. St. Therese of Lisieux
  18. St. Thomas Aquinas
  19. St. Thomas More and the Bishop of Rome
  20. The Calling of the Disciples
  21. The Canonization of Junípero Serra
  22. The Indecipherable Writing of St. Thomas Aquinas
  23. The Queenship of Mary
  24. Two Radical, Converted Disciples
  25. Which saint biographies do you recommend?, Link for: Louis de Wohl novels
  26. Why Are Some Saints Called Doctors of the Church?
  27. Why Pope John XXIII is a Saint
  28. 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 – Testimonials
  12. David the King – Trailer
  13. Golfer Chip Beck
  14. In Avila, Spain
  15. In Chartes, France
  16. In Cologne, Germany
  17. In Jerusalem
  18. In Lisieux, France
  19. In New York City
  20. In Orvieto, Italy
  21. In Paris, France (Part 1), In Paris, France (Part 2)
  22. Inspirational CD Set
  23. Introducing the New WordonFire.org
  24. Priest, Prophet, King DVD trailer
  25. Priest, Prophet, King Promo
  26. Priest, Prophet, King Sample – Lesson 1
  27. Promo Spot
  28. Reaction to the Private Screening of Episode One
  29. Roundtable Discussion
  30. Series Highlights
  31. Talking to Cardinal Foley
  32. The Chicago Premiere
  33. The Mystery of God sample (lesson 1)
  34. The Mystery of God trailer
  35. The Pivotal Players: Avignon
  36. The Pivotal Players: Introduction
  37. The Pivotal Players: Monte Cassino
  38. The Pivotal Players: On the Train
  39. The Pivotal Players: Palace of the Popes
  40. The Pivotal Players: Paris
  41. The Pivotal Players: Siena
  42. The Pivotal Players: St. Catherine of Siena
  43. The Pivotal Players: St. Thomas Aquinas
  44. The Pivotal Players Trailer
  45. Update from Rome


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.