Nearly every day we hear about natural disasters, school shootings, and profound tragedies. Each of us experiences pain and suffering. So why does God allow it? Why doesn’t he just prevent all evil from occurring? That’s what Bishop Barron discusses in today’s episode. A listener asks why God not create us as beings fully capable of understanding him.

Topics Discussed

  • o:04 – Introduction, Bishop Barron talks about his The Mass Study Program
  • 3:14 – How did St. Augustine wrestle with the problem of evil?
  • 10:00 – How did Thomas Aquinas deal with the problem of evil philosophically and theologically?
  • 17:00 – How could God under any circumstances permit the Holocaust?
  • 20:00 – How did God deal with the problem of evil on the Cross?
  • 23:00 – How would Bishop Barron explain evil to a grieving sufferer?
  • 24:50 – Question: Why did God not make us more capable of understanding him?

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4 comments on “WOF 132: Why Does God Allow Evil and Suffering?

  1. Carl Turner Jun 19, 2018

    Wonderful podcast on evil and suffering. As a pediatrician I have seen a lot of unbearable suffering but what bothers me is that almost always evil and suffering are spoke of as one thing. I see suffering from evil, child abuse, war, emotional abuse, etc., and I see suffering from natural causes like bacteria or falling out of trees because of gravity. If the natural world is good as stated in Genesis then the suffering caused by natural causes, hurricanes or cancer for example, is horrible but not necessarily evil for if it is evil then the natural world God gave us is not good as stated in Genesis. One might say that the world was made good but after man’s fall in the garden of Eden the natural world was no longer good but evil. This something I can’t agree with. Can you give me any of your thoughts on differentiating suffering from evil and suffering from our God given natural world?

  2. Cielo Jun 20, 2018

    Now, I understand why a loving God permit evil in this world…
    He gave us freedom because He loves us… but this freedom has consequences because of our frailties … the natural law of cause and effect… And since his love is greater than this law, He can bring about a greater good to whatever evil that results from mankind’s freedom.

  3. Maria Ruth Jun 21, 2018

    Cuando tengo que dar un consejo a una persona que acaba de sufrir una discapacidad le digo que la asuma como es que se deje ayudar que viva el momento tal como es recordandole que no somos eternos que todo tiene un principio y un final que no lo decidimos nosotros

  4. Steve Walsh Jun 24, 2018

    I have heard Bishop Barron’s explanation of evil and suffering in the world many times from his various forums (Catholicism Series, youtube, homilies, recorded presentations, ect). I know it must feel like he is repeating the same old talking points that don’t seem to truly address the issue, However each time I hear your words Bishop Barron it’s like another layer of the onion is peeled back towards my understanding of this difficult subject (I seem to have many layers to go) . Understanding Church teaching in the abstract is a far cry from accepting in ones heart that God is truly all good in the face of the world as we know it. Thank you to the WOF 132 pod cast and Bishop Barron for repeating truths that are, with time, sinking in