Fr. Robert Barron Explains the Catholic FaithJan 5th, 2011 | By Matt Yonke | Category: Blog Posts
One of the great parts of working on Called to Communion is getting to know Protestants who are truly seeking to understand the Catholic faith. Sadly enough, there are many Catholics in greater need of a fundamental understanding of Catholicism than many of our Protestant readers.
But fortunately for all concerned, Fr. Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois has spent the last several years working on the Catholicism Project.
The purpose of the project is to present the story of the Catholic Church on its own terms by bringing viewers to the places where the Catholic story has taken place over the last two millennia. The 10 part video series, which will be available this fall with accompanying study guide, has been a labor of love for Fr. Barron. He’s spent the last several years putting this vivid, hands-on look at the Catholic Church together, and from the looks of it, it’s really paid off. Check out the latest trailer below:
I’m eager to use the program for my parish youth group, and I’m sure it will be a great resource for many Catholics and Protestants alike in gaining a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith. On Fr. Barron’s site you can see more previews from each of the different locations he traveled to for the series and find out more about the project’s goals and methodology.
Fr. Barron also does regular video commentaries on cultural issues like current films and books that you can see on his Word On Fire YouTube channel. He also features conversations with important cultural figures like his series of discussions with former protestant pastor and current Catholic theology professor Scott Hahn that touch on many of the issues that continue to separate Catholics and Protestants. You can get a taste of those conversations in the video below:
We’re fortunate to be living in the time of this new evangelization that Pope John Paul II spoke of, where the power of new media can help Christians spread the message of Christ to greater audiences than ever before. I’m particularly thankful for the tireless work Fr. Barron is doing and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check his work out too.