Father Jim Martin at University of San Francisco in 2012 - Photo courtesy Shawn Calhoun via Flickr (http://bit.ly/1ghvwAo)

Colbert Report talks Pope Francis, economic injustice with chaplain Jim Martin

“If you have a problem with Pope Francis, you have a problem with Jesus.” — Father Jim Martin on The Colbert Report

In the wake of Pope Francis’s remarks about the destructive nature of capitalism and the Christian imperative for the rich to give to the poor, the Catholic Church is in danger of losing some big-name (and deep-pocket) donors. Late in November, Francis issued a Papal Exhortation, a sort of extended opinion piece, which had some harsh words for those who believe trickle-down economics will yield greater inclusiveness:

“Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase.” So, last night, Jim Martin (official chaplain of The Colbert Report and a Jesuit priest) visited Mr. Colbert to talk about economic injustice and the Catholic church.