This week, Baker Academic released a new hardcover edition of Bishop Barron’s book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Bishop Barron discusses the book’s main ideas including the problem with liberalism, how Jesus Christ is the proper foundation of knowledge and ethics, and how the saints unveil the good life. A listener asks about Jesus’ words from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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Topics Discussed

  • 0:21 –Why did Bishop Barron write The Priority of Christ?
  • 4:20 –Cardinal George on liberal Christianity
  • 6:14 –What is theological liberalism?
  • 7:24 – “Beige Catholicism” and the effects of liberalism
  • 9:00 – How does Christ become the priority in the realm of knowledge?
  • 12:34 – The difference between Christian epistemology and other forms
  • 15:38 – The non-competitive transcendence of God
  • 19:38 – The two non-competitive natures of Jesus Christ
  • 20:51 – Why use saints to illustrate ethics?
  • 25:17 – The four woman saints who exhibit elevated virtue
  • 29:58 – Bishop Barron’s evangelical purpose for his book
  • 31:30 – Question from listener: What did Jesus mean when he said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

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5 comments on “WOF 013: The Priority of Christ

  1. Andrew K Mar 8, 2016

    Thank you Bishop Barron, may I ask how would you might respond to the following?

    Regarding the first question, personally I would also add/submit.

    Humbly Christ Jesus doesn’t presume that the Father cannot do all things, in other words this cry is like asking how is it that you who can do all things have entrusted so much to the likes of me? It is a question in the inner life of God in this context and rather than meaning that the Father has hid his face from the Son or that God has despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted it is rather that (I submit) it’s the ultimate lack of presumption of the Son which is apparent here. Humanly speaking though I also always thought that indeed God is love such that here he abandons himself such that all of us and our sin is here received (it was very much a selfless act, in every sense of the phrase). For it is you who have accomplished all that I have done.

  2. Cecilia Hata Mar 9, 2016

    good day Most Reverend, kindly give more explanation about this line that i have encountered years ago. the word of Jesus “my God my God why have you abondoned me” was explained that Jesus was qouting a verse from the bible written in one of the Psalms…..

    , thank you very much

    • Max Lucado explains much better why Jesus said “my God my God why have you abandoned me.” Jesus said that so that you and I wouldn’t have to. Bishop Barron unfortunately got too technical and used too much jargon. I hope this helps you.

  3. Dear Bishop Barron,
    I just listened to this episode and what you said about Thomas Acquinas’ epistemology, the interpenetration of the knower and the known, reminded me of a quote by Etsuro Sotoo, the Japanese sculptor who converted to Catholicism through his work on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona:

    “Still, as a young man I would try to break the rock. I could handle wood, and I could handle metal, but I couldn’t handle the rock. I wanted to mold this to my own will, but the rock wouldn’t let me, and the following day it would just fall apart. At first, and still young, I would cut the rock, and I would think, I am the artist, and I am the one who is going to transform this, but the rock wouldn’t let me. The rock also has its own spirit. We are all brothers and come from a father and a mother, but each one has a different character. So I really have to get to know each piece of rock because I can’t change the character of the rock. So little by little I realized that I couldn’t really change the rock, but the rock is going to change my way, and little by little I started finding my way through the rock. So I’m not going to change the rock; the rock is going to change me. I discovered a mystery.”

    (This quote is from the transcript of an event by Crossroads Cultural Center on Gaudi:

    Thank you for reminding me of this and clarifying this difference in epistemologies.


  4. Going forward, you need to “dumb down” your terms. You go over my head: I have not had formal studies in philosophy.