Father Robert Barron: The catechetical “dumbing down of the Catholic faith” in the 1960s and 1970s “was a pastoral disaster of the first order.”

“Don’t turn Jesus into a bland cypher,” he said. “He’s not just another mystic or guru.”

Noting the large number of people in modern society who suffer from addictions, Father Barron said the church must also help people reject “false gods of wealth, honor, pleasure and power,” and teach the anthropology of St. Augustine, who wrote that “our heart is restless until it rests in thee.”

“We need to mock (false gods) publicly,” Father Barron said.

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Father Robert Barron: Six tips for the new evangelization.

NUMBER 4) Tell the great story of salvation history. Father Barron emphasized the importance of the entire story. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. The story begins with creation, then the fall and the formation of people after God’s own heart. It is a story of “temple, covenant, law and prophecy.” It climaxes with the coming of Christ.

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New series coming from Fr. Robert Barron: Catholicism the New Evangelization.

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Seen on the web: What went wrong with the Catholic Church?

Matt said…

I’ll answer the Holy Father’s question as to what went wrong in our proclamation, in our entire way of living the Christian life, that allowed such a thing to happen. 

What went wrong is the fact that the great majority of bishops, priests, and theologians in Western lands have embraced every heresy of modernism, liberalism, socialism, multiculturalism, and sentimentality that they could find, in a pathetic attempt to be fashionable. Most of our shepherds no longer know what the Gospel is, let alone possess the fitness to proclaim it. You need but look at the headlines of today to see that the smoke of Satan still lingers heavily in the Catholic Church. For instance, why were the American bishops (practically to a man) entirely onboard with the DREAM Act, which would have rewarded criminal intrusions into our country on a hitherto unprecedented scale? Why did the USCCB issue a statement that announced how willing the organization would have been to support Obama’s health care reform tyranny, but for the fact that it “failed to sufficiently protect the unborn” and (horror of horrors!) didn’t do enough to provide for “immigrants, independent of who they are or how they got here.”? Why is the CCHD cutting checks to ACORN and other groups that support abortion and gay marriage? It’s because the majority of Western Catholics, both clergy and laity, no longer love the faith. They’ve decided that, to the extent to which they wish to live the Gospel message at all, that message reduces to being a “nice person,” as the degenerate, urbane, liberal intelligentsia of our suffocating cities define “nice.”

But I ask them this: When did rewarding criminals, bankrupting the country, and supporting tyranny become articles of the Catholic faith? Answer: They never did. The men who support such measures are no longer Catholics but heretics, modernists, wolves in sheeps’ clothing. If anyone should doubt this, just look at their fruits. Look at the cataclysmic decline in mass attendance, in vocations, in holiness of life. Look at their incestuous alliance with that murderous den of vipers, the Democratic Party. Look at corpulent blowhards like Archbishop Timothy Dolan, complacently smiling and waving at openly gay Catholic parishioners.

And I must say that Fr. Barron as well cuts the figure of a sunken priest, a veritable Tim Dolan mini-me. Everything from his personal appearance to his vocal inflection to his swimmingly sophistical explication of the Pope’s message, announces to the world that he is no true Father, no protector of pilgrims. For crying out loud, child sex trafficking in the Third World has nothing to do with the clergy sex abuse scandal. That was brought about by the fact that homosexual men and their gay agenda have been infiltrating the seminaries for decades now, with the active assistence of many, even within the Vatican itself. And the demonic Fr. Maciel being appointed the synod of bishops for priestly formation certainly didn’t help, either.

This is getting ridiculous. The Church needs to stand up and realize that it cannot compromise with the modern world, that liberalism is a sin, and that our enemies will gladly use our own stupidity and sentimentality against us. We need to preach the truth and only the truth. Until we do, Our Lady’s garments will be torn to shreds by the feral dogs that this decadent civilization has become.

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New Catholic Study, CATHOLICISM, being revealed today at the USCCB Conference in Baltimore

Answering the call for New Evangelization, this multi-media educational program reveals the truth, beauty and richness of the Faith in an unprecedented way.

With creator and host Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Ministries,  participants will learn what Catholics believe and why by exploring the art, architecture, literature, music, and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, CATHOLICISM is on-location and in the streets, illustrating the splendor of the global Church– all in original, high-definition cinematography.

The CATHOLICISM journey includes a compelling, ten-part DVD series, a 300-page companion book, a thought-provoking study guide and will be available in the Fall of 2011.

“A central conviction of the Catholic Faith is that it is through the Church one comes to know Christ. Introducing Christ to the world is not just a question of presenting texts, but of inviting people into the Church.” said Father Barron, “The story of Catholicism, is the most compelling story that has ever been told; it is bold, deeply intelligent, historically rich, and full of both beauty and mystery. My purpose in CATHOLICISM, is to tell this story in a bold, new way.”

“What we as Catholics need most is a clear grasp of the Catholic faith.  Father Barron is one of the Church’s best messengers.” said Francis Cardinal George,  the Archbishop of Chicago and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Fr. Robert Barron to launch national Catholic television show on WGN America


Chicago, Ill., Sep 15, 2010 / 05:58 am (CNA).- Fr. Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Chicago will begin broadcasting a weekly national television show on WGN America to reach Catholics and others searching for Christ. He will be the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network.

Fr. Barron, a professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, runs the global media ministry called “Word on Fire.”

His WGN America show will be titled “Word on Fire with Father Barron.” It will premier at 8:30 a.m. Central Time on Sunday, Oct. 3. It will also run on WGN Chicago at 9:30 a.m.

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Archbishop Chaput: Professional Liturgical Establishment Shaped Liturgy According to World (Big Mistake!)


by Shawn Tribe

By way of Catholic News Agency (and in turn first noticed by way of Luke Coppen) we read of a lecture delivered by Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Liturgical Institute of Mundelein. Here is a taste:

The archbishop said Chicago priest Fr. Robert Barron is one of the few to have wrestled with such issues. For him, the liturgy is not to be shaped according to modern suppositions; rather, the liturgy should “question and shape the suppositions of any age.” While modern man is probably incapable of the liturgical act, this is no grounds for despair. Instead, we should “let the liturgy be itself,” the priest has said.

Archbishop Chaput agreed with Fr. Barron that in recent decades the “professional liturgical establishment” chose to shape the liturgy according to the world, which has proven to be “a dead end.” Seeking relevance through “a kind of relentless cult of novelty” has only resulted in confusion and division between the faithful and the true spirit of the liturgy, continued the archbishop.

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To this end, the Archbishop of Denver offered several suggestions: the need to recover the “intrinsic and inseparable connection” between liturgy and evangelization; the need to see the liturgy as a participation in the “liturgy of heaven” where Christians worship “in Spirit and truth” with the Church and the communion of the saints; and the need to recover and live the early Christians’ “vibrant liturgical and evangelical spirituality.”

“Liturgy is both the source of the Church’s mission and its goal,” explained the prelate. “The reason we evangelize is in order to bring people into communion with the living God in the Eucharistic liturgy. And this experience of communion with God, in turn, impels us to evangelize.”

Source: Catholic News Agency (CNA)