Behind Colbert’s right-wing funny man, a quiet Catholic faith

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(RNS) When comedian Stephen Colbert brought his act to Capitol Hill last month and stole the spotlight with his satirical shtick, no one was more surprised than lawmakers. “You run your show,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers scolded him, “we run the committee.” When Colbert finally let his well-coiffed hair down and got serious […]

  • Gabriel

    The problem is not the Catholic Church, but Catholics who do not follow Catholic teaching on faith and morals. To mock the authority of the Catholic Church is to mock Jesus Christ who established the Church and gave the Church authority. But Christ said that there would be weeds among the wheat and wolves among the sheep—this will be the case in every generation of the Church until the end of the age. Claiming to be a Christian goes much further than just believing in the existence of God and claiming “to be for the poor” (as Judas Iscariot did). Being a Christian means dying to one’s own self, one’s own sin, turning away from the ways of the world and loving God with all your heart, all your strength and all your soul. God is Truth and Goodness itself, thus the purpose of the intellect is truth and the purpose of the will is goodness and love. A baptized human being is the temple of the Holy Spirit. One defiles the temple through sin.

    Thus Scripture warns:

    “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
    –1 Corinthians 6:9-11

  • Leelee

    Are Catholics (or any Christian for that matter) called to be intellectuals? Certainly intelligence is a gift from God– but why not speak it– the truth– straight out? I realize the Church has a great intellectual history, but in the end it is faith and obedience. Irony and satire, although great for getting butts into the seats for television entertainment, are dead end roads for Life and Liberty. Especially Life and Liberty of the oppressed. I’ve often wondered where the young people are (and the middle agers) — we’re all plugged into the idiot tube being mesmerized by the class clowns. No wonder nothing changes.

  • Dave

    Someone identifying as “Catholic” is essentially meaningless. The Catholic church is so large it spreads from Father John Corapi to Nancy Pelosi. You know the tree by the fruit it bears and I think Colbert is a court jester and not much more. I wonder how much he endorses the quote above from Corinthians?

  • David Ulmer

    This is not 16th Century England nor a 21st Century Islamic nation (yet) where being a faithful Catholic gets you inprisoned and/or killed. As long as Mr. Colbert keeps his “faith” to himself and makes light of that which is sacred he will be loved. Betty White figured out how to be popular today, just be exceptionally lewd. Of course the majority of Jesuits today will love him if he attacks Christ’s Body. They remind me of those knocking on Lots door.

  • R. Brown

    If Colbert is truly “Catholic”, he should leave Comedy Central. I had to stop watching the channel and forbid my children from watching it. I have never seen a more sacrilegious channel in all of my life! Every program on Comedy Central makes fun of Jesus every chance they get. Colbert isn’t helping with the Catholic Faith; he is causing people to lose their faith by watching and promoting Comedy Central

  • Maureen

    Steven Colbert played a surprisingly strong roll in bringing me back to the church. He is faithfully irreverent. I can almost hear Jesus laughing at his very thought provoking, God given humor, and then thanking him for making us think.