Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ catechism: the Catholic comic premieres a new interview, too

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NEW YORK (RNS) If you can’t get enough of Pope Francis, then how about a little Stephen Colbert? In these sneak peeks from a new interview, the comedian goes for laughs, and dives deep into theology.

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Excellent! An informed Catholic and a comic. I hope he can speak with Pope Francis when he comes in a few weeks.
    The Catholic faith, rightly lived and understood leads to joy, a joy that, “the world cannot take away” from the believer.

  • “Faith can’t be argued..”

    ….said Osama Bin Laden.

    I’m disappointed in Colbert. Not because he is a believer, but because he is defending “faith” as if it is benign.

  • Greg1

    I like his statement of being a “fool for Christ.” Jesus wants us to share everything with him, not only our needs, but all our works, joys, sufferings, and sorrows. When we share all with Him, he will share all with us, especially eternal ecstasy.

  • Betty Clermont

    Colbert has belied his “liberal” credentials by appearing with Dolan several times as his uncritical supporter. Dolan tried to cheat sex abuse victims out of a just compensation and, as prelate of Wall Street, is the most powerful man working behind the scenes in the religious right in denying women adequate healthcare and gays their civil rights. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Colbert gets rewarded with an appearance with the pope for his “faithfulness” and because this pope never misses an opportunity to score more PR points as a “regular” guy.

  • Bernardo


    And you know this how? I have googled Jesus’ phone number and came up empty.

  • Bernardo

    Obviously, Colbert is trapped in the box of the NT. Too bad as there are many easy ways to escape to the realities of the 21st century.

  • Mike

    It’s sad that such vitriol on the part of religious people in online comments doesn’t surprise me any more. You may not have anyone looking over your shoulder when you write such nasty comments, but God sees. That should be enough to keep your sinfulness in check at least now and then, don’t you think?

  • George Nixon Shuler

    The thing is, the most vicious and spiteful people posting here are the ones who claim to speak for Gawd,” Most are just not very bright but very angry, and usually at someone other than those who oppress them. It’s vogue with this crowd of whiners to attack “Hollywood” values, as if Ronald Reagan, who left his first wife to marry his already pregnant second wife, wasn’t the epitome of “Hollywood,” or even Sara Palin, the most talented grifter in the pack these days, weren’t part and parcel of it.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    It’s a shame atheists’ only argument is “we’re smart, you’re dumb,” otherwise they’d be tolerable.

    I don’t watch TV and have never seen Colbert’s show but I wish him well. It seems if he’s angering both the christofascists and the atheist fundamentalists he must be doing something right.

  • @GNS,

    “It’s a shame atheists’ only argument is “we’re smart, you’re dumb,””

    That isn’t our argument at all.
    And Why do you see yourself as dumb? Or are you an Atheist who doesn’t fit your own description?

    Atheists ask questions which the religious wouldn’t dare. We are not smarter than the religious – we have simply lost all fear of gods and we are immune to religious lectures.

  • Bob

    Greg1, the whole Jesus story that you keep promoting here, the foundation of your crazy Christian superstitions, is a steaming pile of nonsense out of the gate. How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic “god” that you’ve made for yourself there.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

  • Larry

    I call Jesus all the time. He does my yard work and only takes cash. He pronounces his name “hey-soos”

  • Even Keal

    For a non-believer Dude, you spend an awful lot of time on religious websites. I still pray for you since our last encounter over a year ago. Peace.

  • john

    “…If you can’t get enough of Pope Francis…” As a cradle Catholic, I’ve had more of Il Papa than I can stomach…

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  • Please do not pray for me.
    Instead, think for yourself.

    If you want to help the world, use your brain for thinking
    instead of for surrendering to primitive philosophies.

  • Evan, this is not a religious website, it is a website of religion-related news. There’s a difference.

    As an atheist humanist I’m motivated to imagine and strive for a better world without religion. Religion ruins lives and makes the world a worse, more dangerous place. I like to warn others away from the dangers of religion. I can’t speak for Max, but that’s on reason why I subscribe to this and similar websites.


    Colbert supports Planned Parenthood. This is a nonstarter, and proof he is a fake Catholic, no different than the frauds Pelosi and Biden et al.

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