Readers of this blog know that I greatly esteem Fr. Robert Barron. I first came to know Fr. Barron as the author of a number of excellent books, including, Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative, Evangelical Catholic (2004) and The Priority of Christ: Towards a Postliberal Catholic Theology (2007). He has also written a number of articles. For example, his "Biblical Interpretation and Theology: Irenaeus, Modernity and Vatican II," in the most recent Letter & Spirit academic journal, put out by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, provides an excellent overview of some of the metaphysical issues relating to the history of biblical hermeneutics.
However, Fr. Barron is perhaps better known outside academic circles for his thoughtful YouTube videos which come in various forms, movie reviews, commentary on pop-culture, theological reflections, etc.
Well, he is now about to do something no priest since Fulton Sheen has accomplished: he will have his own television show on a major commercial network, WGN.Here's a little from the good padre, this time commenting on the latest book from Stephen Hawking, in which the physicist, of course, says that science is sufficient to explain the existence of the universe--i.e., there is no need to believe in a Creator God.
Indeed, Deacon Greg Kandra is asking whether or not he is the "next Fulton Sheen".
This is so exciting I can hardly stand it. Here's the press release:
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 13, 2010
In a bold move to reach Catholics and those searching for Christ in their lives, Father Robert Barron begins broadcasting a weekly national television program on October 3rd. “Word on Fire with Father Barron” will appear on WGN America Sundays at 8:30 am Central.
“Now is the time to reach out to Catholics and others who are searching for meaning in their lives or who have left the Church because they are disillusioned,” says Father Barron, a prominent theologian, author, and Archdiocesan priest of Chicago since 1986. “In each episode, our mission will be to encourage believers and bring the transformative power of the Gospel to the culture.”
This is a groundbreaking broadcast. Fr. Barron will become the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Barron is a professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and is one of the world's most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called "Word on Fire" has a simple but revolutionary mission - to educate and engage the culture.
For the past two years, Barron has been producing a ten-part documentary series called “Catholicism”, journeying to 16 countries to tell the story of the Church. The release is set for next year, but Father Barron will preview some highlights of the series in his weekly broadcasts.
“The faith of the Church is our strength,” says Barron. “Our program will strive to show viewers the richness of the Catholic faith and how it is a treasure to be shared now and with future generations. The faith imbues our life with meaning and imparts to all a renewed sense of purpose.”
Father Robert Barron is a sought-after speaker on the spiritual life. He has published numerous books, essays and DVDs. Word on Fire, a non-profit organization, has attracted millions of viewers and listeners to its web site www.WordOnFire.org and its programs on other media outlets.
Please tune in to WGN America nationally on Sunday, October 3 at 8:30 am for “Word on Fire with Father Robert Barron“(the WGN Chicago broadcast airs at 9:30 am central). Funds for the program have been raised through private donations.
For more information, go to www.wordonfire.org. Media inquiries, contact Nanette Noffsinger at nanetten(at)aol(dot)com or 615-776-4230.