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A New Apologetics: Bishop Barron’s Youth Synod Intervention

Today, Bishop Barron offered the following intervention at the Vatican during the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. For more Synod content from Bishop Barron, visit WordFromRome.com, where you'll find behind-the-scenes videos, interviews, commentaries, and more.

Una nueva apologética: la intervención del obispo Barron en el sínodo sobre los jóvenes

Hoy, el obispo Barron ofreció la siguiente intervención en el Vaticano durante el Sínodo de 2018 sobre los jóvenes, la fe y el discernimiento vocacional. Para obtener más contenido del obispo Barron durante el Sínodo, visite WordFromRome.com, donde encontrará videos detrás de escena, entrevistas, comentarios y más.

Tintoretto and the Reform of the Church

At the close of a long session of walking and musing through the National Gallery of Art, I was drawn by an empty and comfortable-looking couch situated at the end of one of the galleries. Plopping down to rest, I looked up at the picture right in front of me, which was Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ at the Sea of Galilee. The drama at the center of the composition is the Apostles’ boat, buffeted by choppy waves, and St. Peter taking a gingerly, tentative step onto the bounding main at the invitation of the Lord who beckons to him. My seated posture conduced toward contemplation, and I spent a good deal of time with this painting, first admiring the obvious technical skill of the painter, especially in the rendering of the water, but eventually moving to a deeper perception of its spiritual theme, of particular resonance today.

Tintoretto y la Reforma de la Iglesia

Cuando concluía una larga sesión de paseo y cavilaciones en el National Gallery of Art, fui arrastrado por un diván que se veía cómodo y vacío, situado al fondo de una de las galerías. Al sentarme para descansar, mire a la pintura que tenía justo en frente mío: una representación de Cristo en el mar de Galilea por Tintoretto. El drama al centro de la composición del cuadro es la barca de los apóstoles, zarandeada por las olas; y San Pedro, dando un pasito cauteloso, tímido hacia la invitación que el Señor le dirige. Mi postura me condujo a la contemplación, y me quedé un buen rato con la pintura, primero admirando la maestría del pintor, especialmente su reproducción del agua, pero finalmente me fui moviendo a una percepción más profunda del tema espiritual, de tanta importancia hoy en día.

Why Remain Catholic? (With So Much Scandal)

Friends, in light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted. But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight—not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.

¿Por Qué Seguir Siendo Católico? (A Pesar De Tanto Escándalo)

Amigos, a la luz de los recientes escándalos, sé que muchas personas se preguntan si deberían permanecer en la Iglesia Católica. Y lo entiendo totalmente; la indignación está justificada. Pero en este momento de crisis, te ruego que no huyas, sino que luches—no violentamente, con las armas del mundo, sino con las armas del Espíritu. Te necesitamos.

Q&A about the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Friends, many of you have asked for my thoughts on the McCarrick abuse crisis, the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the recent report from Archbishop Viganò. We're all devastated by the horrific suffering of these many victims, and we're all wondering what to do next. I shared some thoughts a couple weeks ago, in an article, but I thought it might be helpful to have a more candid conversation today, building on the USCCB's statement just released, which I wholly support. Please watch our discussion or read the transcript, and together let's pray for the victims and the entire Body of Christ.

The McCarrick Mess

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice. The devil is characterized as “the enemy of the human race” and particularly the enemy of the Church. I challenge anyone to come up with a more devastatingly effective strategy for attacking the mystical body of Christ than the abuse of children and young people by priests. This sin had countless direct victims of course, but it also crippled the Church financially, undercut vocations, caused people to lose confidence in Christianity, dramatically compromised attempts at evangelization, etc., etc. It was a diabolical masterpiece.

El Desastre McCarrick

Cuando estaba en la escuela, el diablo se nos presentaba como un mito, como un artificio literario, una manera simbólica para explicar la presencia del mal en el mundo. Admito haber asumido en gran medida esta visión y haber perdido de vista que el diablo es una persona espiritual real. Lo que sacudió mi escepticismo sobre el maligno fueron los escándalos sexuales del clero de los noventa y a principios del dos mil. Digo esto porque esta horrible crisis parecía demasiado bien pensada y coordinada como para ser el simple fruto del azar o de elecciones malvadas del hombre. El diablo ha sido caracterizado como “el enemigo de la raza humana” y particularmente como el enemigo de la Iglesia. Reto a cualquiera a idear una estrategia más devastadoramente efectiva para atacar al cuerpo místico de Cristo, que el abuso de niños y jóvenes por parte de sacerdotes. Esta claro que este pecado tiene incontables víctimas directas, pero también ha destruido las finanzas de la Iglesia, ha disminuido las vocaciones, conseguido que muchos pierdan su confianza en el cristianismo, comprometido dramáticamente los esfuerzos de evangelización, etc. Toda una obra maestra del diablo.

Why Accompaniment Involves Apologetics

I recently granted an interview to the National Catholic Reporter concerning the upcoming Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to which I was elected a delegate. In the course of the conversation, I stated that I would bring the issue of apologetics before the Synod, since so many young people have questions about, and objections to, the faith. But when the interview appeared, the author expressed her puzzlement that I would mention apologetics, though it is clear that the working document calls for “accompaniment” of young people. It seems many think doing apologetics and accompaniment are mutually exclusive. To my mind, they’re mutually implicative.