Bishop Barron was recently appointed as a representative of the U.S. Bishops for the upcoming Synod in Rome on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” In this episode, he shares why he thinks this Synod is more important that other recent gatherings, and some of the main reasons why people become “nones” and leave the Church. He also explains why accompaniment involves apologetics and how the two are mutually implicative. A listener asks: When Bishop Barron says “love the other, as other,” what does he mean by “as other”?

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction
  • 3:30 – Why is the upcoming Synod so important?
  • 5:00 – Why are young people becoming “nones”?
  • 9:45 – What is the number one reason people leave the Church and why?
  • 12:00 – Why do accompaniment and apologetics go hand in hand?
  • 19:30 – What questions does the New Apologetics need to respond to?
  • 24:30 – Listener Question: When you say “love the other, as other,” what do you mean by “as other”?



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7 comments on “WOF 143: Why People Become “Nones”

  1. Andrew York Sep 3, 2018

    I have friends and family members that have no faith in the church, they look at the scandals and group us in with all other Christian and semi Christian faiths.
    I feel the need to champion the Catholic faith, but I stop when I get too involved because of my lack in knowledge. I am trying to find a way to become an apologist, but any direction would be appreciated.


    • Joyce Green Sep 5, 2018

      Andrew York: I just started reading lots of good Catholic Books and started listening to Catholic radio (I like Sirius-The Catholic Channel). Gradually, gradually I became more knowledgeable and more confident in my answers. There is also the always acceptable: “I don’t know the answer to that, but I will find out and get back to you!”

  2. Jean Milharcic Sep 4, 2018

    Thank you Bishop Barron. You always give me something to learn and something to share!

  3. martha halicki Sep 5, 2018

    im so very interested in this movement- of spreading the word beyond the doors of the churches. what might i do to encourage this wonderful hope in Gods word- i would love to hear back!

  4. Patricia McKenna Sep 6, 2018

    Thank you Bishop Barron, brilliant as usual.

  5. Maria C.H. Lin Sep 7, 2018

    I think one factor that the young people of America is the fruit of a public education that prevents any alusion to religion and that the Church has not attempted to fill in the gap. They grew up without any knowledge of what is faith and at the same time, they are taught scientism in school. many top scientist believe that truth only comes frrom science. Yet, there are many issues in science that cannot be resolved by experiments. For example, determinism and free will. I believe the Church must be able to arrive at a rationale why we have free will and reconcile it with the fact that God is all knowing.

  6. Helene Archer Jan 5, 2019

    Just listened to the podcast Why people become nones. Great content. Keep up your good work Bishop Barron. Out of our 5 children, only 2 are practicing their faith. I failed miserably to pass on the faith. Hopefully it’s not too late.