Robert Barron | – Harvard University Jumps the Shark

Friends, I have no quarrel with a university chaplaincy reaching out to seekers and nonbelievers. But I do have a problem with the religious leadership at Harvard University electing someone who does not believe in God precisely as chaplain. If you don’t believe in God, then you’re not a chaplain.

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Bishop Robert Barron These are brief and insightful commentaries on faith and culture by Catholic theologian and author Bishop Robert Barron. The videos complement his weekly sermons posted and podcasted at

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  1. Bishop.. your beliefs are completely unproven. People leading moral lives is the essence of Christianity, not the blind belief in the words of some 2200 year old retranslated scrolls. Or frankly, the actions of the princes of the church today.

  2. Thank you very much for this video, your excellency.

    When I saw it I was reminded of the book Socrates Meets Jesus by Peter Kreeft, which I’ve only discovered this year. It was published in 1987 but it’s still relevant today.

  3. Thought provoking commentary, Bishop Barron. I know you've read some of David Bentley Hart's work. I don't know if you've read his essay "Christ and Nothing." He wrote that around 2003. It kind of fits into your talk and the fact that Harvard University has elected an atheist as the President of the Chaplains.

  4. I did a double take when I heard you mention an atheist had been elected as the head chaplain of Harvard. That is worse than the Governor of VA ordering all police chaplains no longer to run services, prayer groups, Bible studies, nor publically pray in Jesus' name. How can a person work in a religious capacity and not believe in God nor any organized religion? The scripture that speaks of in the last days that there would be those who have a form of godliness but would deny the power thereof seems to be fulfilled.

  5. I read that half or was it two-thirds of the students of Harvard identify as non-religious and I guess that mirrors the demographics in the administration and the faculty if not worse because what's at the top corrupts those below. Jesus said, by their fruits, you will know them and those who cause scandal should better be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around them. Most universities, including those founded by religious men are producing armies of godless, woke leftists, making these schools machines that the Devil use to create a godless society. Perfect examples are the woke staff and CEOs of corporations that cancel you if you stand for God, if you're prolife, pro-family and hold conservative Christian values.

    If you reduce religion into mere ethics devoid of the supernatural, you end up with this mess. Unlike the Bishop however, I am less likely to offer any politeness to error. Call a spade a spade and bring out the big guns. I'd defund these godless universities if I could. If we are going to fight for the future of a better society, politeness isn't going to cut it.

  6. Ah yes, the good bishop. Another loser who couldn't deal with the real world and escaped into the "priesthood." Good riddance. Those of us who are rational are glad that you decided not to procreate. Those of us who are rational don't give a shit about your opinion. You are nothing. Enjoy living in your make-believe world.

  7. Like so much of America, established dogmas are now being flogged.I guess one of the ways to ‘kill’ God is to have an atheist in charge of the chaplains. America and the world are going down a slippery road from which there may be no return unless Catholics and Christians unite to bring an end to the madness marching through the US. And Bishop Barron is ideally placed to lead the US bishops in this fight. For too long Christians in America have been lacking in good leadership.

  8. How do catholics reconcile the idea of the Israelis being God's chosen people with the fact that Jewish people are quite possibly the most vehemently secular people on earth? They are overwhelmingly prochoice and supporitive of untraditional lifestyles

  9. I've had to retract my reaction to the impossible, "That will NEVER happen!" so many times in the last few years that now I resolve to never use that sentence again! Thank you for this video, Bishop Barron! In my opinion, Harvard is NOT a top university at all, but a chilling example of how low "higher education" will stoop to dismantle students' faith in God. Please tell me there is no Catholic chaplain on that campus who supported this decision!

  10. Notre Dame, Harvard etc, all Catholic universities jumped the shark decades ago, with being pro choice and firing men like E. Michael Jones for questioning and opposing these modernist stances against the word of God and the Church. Guys like you, Jesuits, Charismatics and the lavender mafia, that has infiltrated the church, secularized it, sexualized it and sodomized it like McCarrick, Martin, the German Catholics, Cupich while at the same time berating and silencing people that want to defend the Faith like Fr. Altman, Bergoglio, Timothy Gordon, Michael Voris etc

    “Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church. “If a future Pope teaches anything contrary to the Catholic Faith, do not follow him.” “I have always condemned Liberal Catholicism and I will condemn it again forty times over if it be necessary.” “If anyone says that it is possible that at some time, given the advancement of knowledge, a sense may be assigned to the dogmas propounded by the Church which is different from that which the Church has understood and understands: let him be anathema.” – Pius IX, Syllabus Errorum

  11. according to harvard, he is not chief chaplain but president of the chaplains organization. there is a big difference between the two obviously.

    while i see your point, i wonder, in the first place, why even the catholic, and for that matter all believer-chaplains, elected him as their president. well in fact i read that he was alread the vice president before he got elected president. no wonder, most likely he would really be elected president, by informal virtue of succession. there must be a reason.. that im eager to know.

    bishop, you rather first address this talk to the catholic chaplain in that university. it’s hard to guess why such a unanimous vote.

    as to your argument on the definition of chaplain, well i guess if we consider its strictest definition, the organization then should not be called “chaplain organizations”. or perhaps they totally changed its definitions.