As Bishop Barron shows in his new book, Vibrant Paradoxes, Catholicism is both/and, not either/or. It celebrates the union of contraries—grace and nature, faith and reason, Scripture and tradition, body and soul—in a way that the full energy of each opposing element remains in place. In this episode, Bishop Barron explores several examples of this both/and embrace. A listener asks about the difficult passage in Acts 5 involving Ananias and Sapphira.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:22 – Exciting upcoming events for Bishop Barron
  • 2:04 – What does it mean to say Catholicism is “both/and”
  • 5:29 – G.K. Chesterton on red, white, and the Church’s healthy hatred of pink
  • 7:42 – Why Catholics “want it all”
  • 8:38 – The extreme demands of sin and mercy
  • 11:25 – Why reason and faith are no mutually exclusive
  • 15:58 – Faith/reason in the realm of science
  • 17:59 – Bruce Jenner and the dichotomy of matter and spirit
  • 21:59 – How discipline leads to real freedom
  • 25:53 – The path from suffering to joy
  • 27:59 – Question from listener: how can we reconcile the loving, non-violent Jesus with the angry God who kills Ananias and Sapphira?

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2 comments on “WOF 022: The Both/And of Catholicism

  1. Tea Laurila May 14, 2016

    In this episode we learn that Bishop Barron is going to the World Youth Day, is there a forum where I can see his itinerary for the trip so that I can make sure that I attend all his presentations? Thanks and God bless you all! you do remarkable work, I owe you much of my spiritual formation!

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