Chapter One: The Devil’s Masterpiece

As our parish reads together Bishop Robert Barron’s new book, Letter to a Suffering Church, this week we’ll reflect on the first chapter, titled “The Devil’s Masterpiece.”

Bishop Barron describes the current sexual abuse crisis as “a diabolical masterpiece,” arguing that this storm of wickedness has compromised the work of the Church in nearly every way.

Watch below as he discusses the landscape today in the wake of these scandals, including the hurt and alienation felt by so many Catholics:


  • Bishop Barron believes the abuse scandal is a “diabolical masterpiece.” Do you agree or disagree?
  • How does the Devil work to draw us into cooperating with him?
  • What is required of us for the Devil to succeed?

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