Comedian Stephen Colbert, hot off his homophobic rant against the POTUS, and Catholic Church Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, reunited again this Thursday on the stage at Fordham University, the same stage the two appeared on in the fall of 2012 at a hugely successful Roman Catholic Youth Evangelization event. The two guests of honor traded jokes and discussed faith, just as they did at the previous event, but used the platform on this particular evening to discuss their differing views on the use of vulgarity and malicious intent to spread the Good News.
“Stephen has his own unique angle to the whole Catholic thing,” said Cardinal Dolan at a press conference before the show, “and, although I don’t get it, it appears to be striking a chord with the younger generation. If any generation is in need of help forming their worldview it is this one, and I think Stephen’s totally new perspective on what it means to be a member of the Church is resonating with these young folks. But again, I just don’t get it.”
After a few minutes of back and forth joking the night’s discussion got underway with Cardinal Dolan stating that he thought the wise course of action, in regards to those in leadership positions, whether they be saved or not, would be to pray for them, as expressed in such bible verses as Jeremiah 29:7 and 1 Timothy 2:1. Mr. Colbert, whose monologue last week included a reference to the President ‘going down’ on Vladimir Putin, quickly broke in and claimed that he believes Jesus was ready, willing and able to use these types of jokes to explain a teaching but the multitudes who followed Christ around “were just not ready for that sort of off-color evangelism, the kind that I am now bringing to the table” “Listen,” said Mr. Colbert to the audience of over 3000 young Catholics, “when you read in the book of Mark where Jesus puts the Pharisees in their place by telling them to ‘render to Caesar what is Caesar’s’, you just know that some sort of tasteless put down would have really driven that point home. But there it remained on the tip of Jesus’ tongue, unused but cocked and ready to fire.”
“Pardon the pun,” Cardinal Dolan and Mr. Colbert chimed in unison to the amusement of the near-capacity crowd.