My wife, not Liam, not the whisperer, broke the news to me this morning. One of my favorite authors will be my new neighbor in Minnesota. Bishop Barron can strike the “auxiliary” from his office; he’s to be in charge in southern Minnesota.
I wasn’t aware of the churning at Word on Fire. That piece published yesterday. The promotion news this morning.
Robert Barron as a subject has popped up on this site for years. Careful readers know of my regard for the bishop as a five-star writer. Perhaps a bit less (just four stars) as a filmmaker in the mode of Ken Burns. Catholicism was a fine achievement, but Hollywood might yawn. Has there been anything moving forward in the past eleven years? He catches a bit of guff, like here. But is there a next step forward like many artists have shown–from hobbits to The Lord of the Rings … from the heights to Hamilton?
Being a pastor is a different kind of career. Henri Nouwen struggled with the charism of stability when we consented to be the pastor for a L’Arche community. No more free agent jetting to Europe or Latin America or to speaking gigs. Does that mean that now Bishop Barron is the ordinary of a diocese he can’t make films or travel to Big Places? What are the dreams and aspirations of a man in his 60s, closer to the end of a career than a beginning, who is sent to a place much more quiet and out-of-the-way than Chicago or Los Angeles? A good move for him, what do you think?