In his first major address as the bishop of New York, Bishop Barron took aim at the culture wars and the secularization of the Church.
His speech was an effort to rebrand and revitalize the faith of the nation.
But his address came amid a wider crisis for the Catholic Church.
A number of prominent bishops and lay leaders have come out in support of a proposal by the Vatican to change the definition of “biblical canon” in the United States.
The proposed change would make it clear that the canon is not subject to church law.
While some Catholics have been in favor of this change, others have been vocally against it.
The proposal has drawn criticism from conservative bishops, some of whom have called for the resignation of the Vatican’s president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, for failing to publicly oppose the proposal.
Bishop Barron has said that he will not support the Vatican proposal, but has made no secret of his desire to reform the church.
He said that the change will “bring more people into the fold and give them a greater understanding of the Gospel and how it was handed down through the centuries.”
He said the Church has a duty to defend the Gospel, and that he hopes that the bishops’ support will bring more people to Christ.
“The church is a force for good and for justice,” Bishop Barron said.
“I’m a believer, I’m a Catholic, I know how to be a Catholic.”
He made no mention of the current crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church and its ongoing battle with its critics.
“But let me be clear: the bishops who oppose me have not supported the cause of the Catholic faith, nor have they given up their role in defending the faith and the Gospel,” he said.
He added, “I will not stand silent, and the voice of the voiceless will not be silent.”
While the new canon change will have a limited impact, it will have significant repercussions on Catholic schools, which have been under fire for the handling of sexual abuse cases.
Bishop Baron is the first Catholic to be named to the post of archbishop of New Orleans.
Bishop Charles Chaput was appointed archbishop in January after the resignation in December of Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has said he will step down as the top official at the Vatican in April.
While Bishop Barron’s tenure at the helm of the archdiocese of New London, Conn., is the longest-serving in the archbishop’s 10-year tenure, he is expected to be replaced by the Rev. David Bowers, who is the associate pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the Bronx.
Bishop Bowers was the first bishop to endorse the proposal and said he expects that it will be passed on to the archbishops in the coming weeks.
He also said he has no problem with the canon change.
“It is absolutely right and necessary for the church to be changed,” Bishop Bower said.
Bishop Anthony F. Canale, president of the American Catholic Conference, told CNN that the new policy “should not be interpreted to require a new canon.”
He also noted that the proposed change does not mean that all bishops will oppose it.
“This is a process of dialogue and a conversation,” he added.
“We need to keep in mind that there are many bishops who support the change and many who do not.”
The proposal was first proposed in 2013 by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, a group of about 30 cardinals, which has been known as the “bishops’ conference.”
The group includes a number of conservative bishops who have been critical of the Pope’s handling of the issue.
The proposals is a step in the right direction for the Church, but it has come at a time when the Catholic church has been grappling with issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgender rights.
Bishop Barbara Pons, a Catholic scholar who served as the dean of the college of bishops from 2005 to 2015, told Al Jazeera that Bishop Barron is a man of great integrity and who has “a strong commitment to the truth.”
She said he does not “want to go around the world preaching the gospel of the pope.
It is very important that we keep the truth, the truth is what matters, and he has always maintained that.”
She added that Bishop Benser, who was appointed as the archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in January, “has always stood by the word of Jesus.”
Bishop Barron told Al Jazeeras television show, “This pope has always been a good man and a good priest, and I think that he has taken this very seriously.”
He added that he was “very confident that his bishops will carry out this important task.”