Bishop Barron on Atheist’ Ethical Passion

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Bishop Robert Barron and Rabbi David Wolpe were both invited to come and speak on the Rubin Report on religion, enlightenment, and areas of agreement/disagreement. I did listen to it, and my personal take away was that it was very plain, without entertainment, and I was unhappy that there was not more discussion on their disagreement. In any case, someone brought to my attention a particular segment where Bishop Barron speaks about the unintended conformity to God that exists in even atheists, such as Christopher Hitchens, in his own ethical convictions for justice. The background of this section is Rubin’s topic of discussion on whether someone can erect a fresh and new world-view, which doesn’t have anything to do with Christianity, Judaism, or traditional religion, but which accounts for the existence of ethics. Rabbi Wolpe, in sum, conceded that this might be somewhat feasible, but there would be no root or soil to this enterprise, and so he wonders how long it would last without the foundation underneath which supports it. When it came time for the Bishop to answer, this is how it went: Continue reading

Bishop Robert Barron Has Misled Ben Shapiro

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Ben Shapiro recently had Bishop Robert Barron on his show. You can watch the full interview here. I want to draw our attention to one very specific question posed to the Bishop.

@ minute 16:45

Shapiro : “I’m a Jew. I follow the Law. Can I go to Heaven”?

Barron: “Yes…the Catholic view…go back to the 2nd Vatican Council says it very clearly….I mean Christ is the privileged route to salvation…that is the privileged route….However, Vatican II clearly teaches that someone outside the explicitly Christian faith can be saved….it might be received according to your conscience….Now that doesn’t conduce to a complete relativism…We would still say the privileged route and the route that God has offered to humanity is the route of His Son…but no, you can be saved..uh…even Vatican II says that an Atheist of good will can be saved…..because in following his conscience…John Henry Newman said the conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ in the soul…it is in fact the voice of Christ…when I follow my conscience, I’m following Him..whether I know it explicitly or not…so even the atheist of good will can be saved”. Continue reading

A Reasonable Hope That All Mankind Will Go To Heaven?

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It is unfortunate that people officially qualified to speak are not silencing clerics who espouse dangerous speculations which confuse people, and lead them away from knowing the clarity of the gospel. I am sorry that I need to speak so forcefully to this, but we have a deafening silence not just from those who hold the keys of the kingdom, but from the theologians who ought to know better. I here offer a challenge to a growing belief in our day which says that we can have a reasonable hope that all mankind is ultimately going to be redeemed and glorified in the blessed eschaton. The challenge I give is very simple, since it consists in a mere appeal to the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ. In turn, I also open myself to be challenged on this since, if I am wrong, I’d like to know I’m wrong (and how I’m wrong). If all of us are out to serve and know the Truth, then putting ourselves out there to proclaim the Truth and/or receive correction so that we might thereafter know the Truth is the modus operandi.

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Who Can Be Saved? The Problem with Today’s Answer.

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Bishop Robert Barron recently released a Youtube commentary on the question of “Who Can Be Saved”? The problem here is not so much in what is said in this video (although, I’d take issue with what appears to be his assertion that Atheists can be saved by following their conscience, albeit under the auspices of grace), but in what is *not* said. And I think it is worth pointing this out since the modern context of relativism, indifference, and the “meh”-mentality cannot afford to overlook what I am about to say. Continue reading