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Journey around the world and deep into the faith! For the first time, in breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic faith are illustrated in a rich, multimedia experience. Travel with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Father Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth's people.

From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda...from the glorious shrines of Italy, France, and Spain, to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the fullness of CATHOLICISM is revealed. Learn what Catholics believe and why by exploring the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition. Mike Leonard, a veteran NBC Today Show correspondent and acclaimed filmmaker, is the Executive Producer of this groundbreaking series.

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CATHOLICISM will have a national footprint. This series will be of great interest to viewers who want a better understanding of the impact and meaning this faith has throughout the world. --Dan Soles, WTTW Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer, PBS affiliate - Chicago In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York

Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

In tying together art and culture, history and literature, beauty and truth, which is the wisdom - the timeless genius that CATHOLICISM is all about - he does it magnificently. And this is just what we need in the Catholic Church today. --Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan Archdiocese of New York

Shook me to the core... --Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM

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  • Actors: Fr. Robert Barron
  • Directors: Matt Leonard
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Word on Fire
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J6U77Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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438 of 446 people found the following review helpful By bobbalouie on September 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Four years in the making, "Catholicism" is the long-awaited evangelical work of Fr. Robert Barron, professor of systematic theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. In addition to rock solid scholarship and theology, the DVD series is filled with beautiful cinematography, which is used to illustrate the theological points in the series. As Fr. Barron points out, the Catholic Church is and always has been a Church that embraces both the "right and left brain" of humanity. It is a Church of science AND art, and the imagery in the DVD series is far more than fluff or filler. The art depicted is ITSELF theology, and is very compelling. Fr. Barron reminds us over and over again of the historicity of Jesus, and we see compelling modern examples of the Gospels in practice. This series is mandatory viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the Catholic Church historically and today. This will be one of the great evangelical works of modern times.

PBS has already picked up four of the ten episodes, which will air in all major U.S. television markets. I've seen the entire series (ten episodes in all) and I would strongly recommend purchasing the whole set. Truly a remarkable work. Fr. Barron is a genial, engaging and very powerful advocate for Christianity and Catholicism who will not be easily dismissed.

Precisely because it is so remarkable and compelling, I predict "Catholicism" will be vigorously attacked by today's self-styled "new atheists." And with good reason: this series represents a mortal threat to the various brands of atheism, apostasy and simple misunderstanding currently in vogue. If I were an atheist I'd be very afraid of this work! So expect some "piling on" from that quarter. That's virtually a selling point for Fr.
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255 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Zosia on September 14, 2011
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I am writing this review after watching only the first 3 episodes (hours):

I ordered this DVD set on a whim, thinking that at the very least, it would show the beautiful places that I had visited on my various pilgrimages, and give a little history.
I was delightfully surprised when Fr. Barron started teaching! Edifying! Not only are you drawn in by the beauty and wonder of the various places where Our Blessed Lord walked and taught, but the commentary and instruction of Fr. Barron is smart, and NOT fluff, it delves deep. Fr. Barron speaks as if he were talking to someone who is genuinely searching for the truth, which made this a refreshing bonus- after all, who isn't searching for Truth? My only regret is that I didn't order the study guides to go along with it. I've gone back and purchased 3 more sets already as gifts and plan to purchase a couple more for Christmas gifts as I believe this DVD set will definitely aid in enriching one's Catholic faith!
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174 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Dave G on September 27, 2011
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Fr Barron has attempted to explain Catholicism from the inside out- that is, from the Catholic perspective. Any religion can only really be understood from those who have stepped into its perspective, much like a player in a sport must "enter into" the rules and spirit of a game to truly compete. No Olympic athlete ever won a Gold while thinking critically about it as an outsider or refusing to buy into their sport's spirit. Barron has provided exactly that for Catholicism, and in style!

Beyond the beautifully photographed and musically accompanied images, Barron provides a deeply insightful narrative that gives life to those images and slowly but intelligently unpacks the beauty of the Church as only a Catholic can see it. As a Catholic, I have already seen and experienced much of what he talks about. Yet many aspects of his narrative are refreshingly new to me. Overall I have been deeply impressed with Barron's discussion in the series and his ability to catch and explain rather profound truths in an easily approachable manner.

Fr Barron is no intellectual wimp. He is obviously widely read, and knows the tradition well. He is at home in modern and ancient philosophy and the Patristics. Barron continually ties his narrative into modern day history and culture. And boy does he travel. I got exhausted just thinking about how much travel went into this series.

I recommend this to anyone who really wants to understand the Church from someone who KNOWS the Church. Fr Barron avoids being triumphalistic and cocky and instead is engaging and passionate. He avoids stereotypes and trite overly-simplistic spiritual cliches. He lets the art speak for itself.

In short it is a very cool series. I highly recommend it.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Paul Adams on October 18, 2011
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I have watched the whole series several times and cannot recommend it too highly. Beautifully produced (on a shoestring), intelligent, lucid, engaging, the series (like Catholicism itself) works on several levels. The Church has gone through a dark period, 40 years in the wilderness of self-inflicted wounds - scandal and a kind of beige accommodation to the times that produced some of the worst liturgical excesses, music, art, and architecture in the Church's history.

Father Barron does not dodge the issues that have preoccupied critics of the Church from within and without, but he does not let them set his agenda. Instead the series tells the Church's own story, restoring the color and beauty of the faith as an incarnational and sacramental religion like no other. Barron explores the relation of faith to reason, of Christian religion to science, of sensuous art and mystical experience to theology and philosophy.

Drawing on some of the greatest analytic minds of the past two millennia as well as the Church's mystics, artists, architects, and poets, Barron offers us a rich tapestry of the faith and its adherents throughout the world. Some of the images of piety and devotion of masses of ordinary people in Uganda and at Fatima, as well of the living patrimony of great art and architecture, are unforgettable.

I recommend watching (and buying if possible) the whole series. It is organized thematically rather than as historical narrative. Every theme reinforces and speaks to all the others. All are expounded through engaging and clarifying stories, similes, and images. Barron draws us in from the start with an arresting challenge to the mushy view that reduces Jesus to a great teacher, like other religious founders, even a kind of Deepak Chopra of his day.
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