About the Author

Ordained in 1987, Msgr. Barreiro received his licentiate and doctoral degree in Systematic Theology from the University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, Italy. He also held a law degree from the Law School in Montevideo and served the Uruguayan Foreign Service and the delegation of Uruguay to the United Nations.

In 1998 Monsignor Barreiro became Executive Director of HLI's office in Rome, and was interim President of HLI from 2010 to 2011. He was appointed a Chaplain of His Holiness in 2004. In his lifetime, he published hundreds of articles on theology, life issues, and historical subjects in popular and scholarly publications in the U.S., England, Italy, France, and Spain.

Msgr. Barreiro departed this life on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017. Requiescat in pace, amen.

Review of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s “God or Nothing”

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / December 10, 2015 /
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Robert Cardinal Sarah with Nicholas Diat, God or Nothing – A Conversation on Faith, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2015. In these times of confusion, it would be good for the faithful to mediate on the quote that opens this great book: “For nothing is impossible with God” (Lk. 1:37). This particular passage from Our Lord…

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The Blessed Virgin Mary, Protector of Life and Family

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro and Fr. Peter West / May 4, 2015 /

The month of May is traditionally a time to honor Mary, the Mother of God. This is a fitting time to reflect on the essential role she plays in our salvation and in our missionary apostolate promoting life and family. During this month we should strive to deepen our knowledge and love of her through…

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Saint Joseph, Protector of the Family Against Satanic Attack

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro and Fr. Peter West / March 19, 2015 /

  The Holy Patriarch Saint Joseph was appointed by God to be the guardian and protector of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is also a model for us of fatherhood and faithfulness.   St. Joseph, Protector of Families and Patron of the Universal Church His obedience of faith was manifested, as the Gospel tells us,…

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Humanae Vitae Explained

By Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro / July 25, 2013 /

In this 2001 presentation, Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula, executive director of HLI’s Rome office, explains that the Church has always taught that contraception is a sin. Some claims arose starting in the early 1960s that this teaching was in question, but this has never been the case. The climate of the times within the Church and…

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