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Stephen Colbert Breaks Character, Opens Up About His Catholic Faith At Fordham Chat

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Stephen Colbert rarely appears out of character, but the political comedian has in the past confirmed that he is a practicing Catholic — and at a Jesuit Fordham University on Friday, Colbert discussed his genuine feelings about the Catholic Church, despite its troubles in recent years.

Colbert has in the past referenced his Catholicism — most notably the time he and Jack White had a Catholic-off during his show and attempted to out-Catholic one another in a lengthy segment. And if you were an ex-Catholic schoolgirl, it was like, the pinnacle of hotness.

Stephen Colbert will often mock religious hypocrisy in America, but he noted that his jokes were aimed not at religion itself, but at misuse of it in American political theater. Still, he acknowledged the potential to offend when he quipped during the talk:

“If Jesus doesn’t have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble.”

Of his pointed satire sometimes aimed at the showboating religious types, Colbert explained to the devout audience:

“Then I’m not talking about Christ … I’m talking about Christ as cudgel.”

Colbert and Cardinal Timothy Dolan took questions from the 3,000 cheering students, among them ones about squaring conservatism and hate with loyalty to Catholicism. In response, Colbert told the student:

“If someone spreads hate … then they’re not your religious leader.”

Colbert also spoke to how while the Church isn’t perfect, it’s really up to individual congregants to take the right message from their faith:

“Are there flaws in the church? … Absolutely. But is there great beauty in the church? Absolutely.”

Do you admire Stephen Colbert’s commitment to his faith?

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17 Responses to “Stephen Colbert Breaks Character, Opens Up About His Catholic Faith At Fordham Chat”

  1. Jesse Blanton

    N ao I don't admire commitment to a backwards ideology that that opposes social and scientific advancement, preaches against materialism while draping its leaders in expensive, ornate finery, and hides behind a mask of piety and moral superiority while aiding and abetting child rapists.

  2. Andrew Jones

    Do I admire someone for bolstering a vile exploitative cult? Absolutely not! I see no beauty in a faith based on taking the power from people, forcing them to use their middleman, selling indulgences, exonerating murderers, murdering scientists who helped the world progress as blasphemers, killing countless with their stance of condoms, misogyny, bigotry, endorsing slavery, endorsing monarchies, endorsing nazis, vilifying and persecuting homosexuals, denying women access to birth control, oh and that little thing about RAPING COUNTLESS CHILDREN AND COVERING IT UP! and that's not even close to a complete list. Anyone belonging to this is complicit. This isn't an ethnicity. You make a conscious choice to be Catholic and I don't respect much less admire anyone who makes that choice.

  3. Tsuritsa Cea Maurunt

    Yay just goes to show all the awesome people are/were Catholic in some way…

  4. Jesse Blanton

    Except for the overwhelming number of awesome people who aren't/weren't Catholic in any way. It's also worth noting that he is awesome in spite of his Catholicism, not because of it.

  5. Rev-Edwin North Hazell

    I get it that his TV persona is a "character" but it is blurred area verses an open "I am not James Bond I am Sean" he knows that people see it as an extension of him. It is very misleading

  6. Kenny Kenzilla Nipp

    Absolutely not. Colbert is trying to cling to his heritage of Catholicism while enjoying the trappings of 21st century. He claims to be a 'practicing Catholic'? Which parts? All of them? Then he's Mega-Douche. Only parts? Then he's a Cherry picking Hypocrite. Neither is worthy of admiration.

  7. Sean Lee

    I love how people must be "ignorant" and "disgusting" if they think differently than you do. Great job guys. Way to show the Catholics what for.

  8. Dorian Hysi

    Catholics are not ignorant or disgusting because they think differently than me, if that was your point. They are ignorant because they ignore (or worst justify) some very nasty facts about their religion (as all religious people do about theirs, let's not limit ourself to catholics). What makes them contemptible (not disgusting) is that the facts are clear in front of them, but they choose not to see them. There was a time when that's what people knew about the world and you can't condemn them for their ignorance, but nowdays? Nowdays you can be ignorant only if you choose to, and that's contemptible.

  9. Jesse Blanton

    Catholicism is disgusting. People who practice must be ignorant or evil, because they either are unaware, uncaring, or defensive of the atrocities committed by the church and its representatives. Way to show that you can use a strawman argument.

  10. Sean Lee

    No Pete, all the comments are about how everyone's lost respect for Colbert because he said he was a practicing Catholic and then it pretty much went downhill from there. I'm amazed at how judgmental people can be. Most Catholics I know are good people, but if you read the comments on this thread, you'd think they were the most vile people in existence. No one likes what has happened with all the abuse but to insist that this somehow makes Colbert less of a person is so stupid.