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Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy Dolan as tag team comedians
Irish Central ^ | September 16, 2012 | PATRICK COUNIHAN

Posted on 09/16/2012 4:19:56 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

Comedian Stephen Colbert and New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan brought the house when they displayed the funny side of Catholicism at Fordham University.

The New York Times reports that the unlikely comedy duo wowed over 3,000 ‘cheering, stomping and chanting students’ on Friday night.

The paper branded their ‘gig’ as possibly ‘the most successful Roman Catholic youth evangelization event since Pope John Paul II last appeared at World Youth Day’.

Organizers had billed the show as ‘an opportunity to hear two Catholic celebrities discuss how joy and humor infuse their spiritual lives’.

The New York Times reports that both delivered with surprises and zingers that began the moment the two walked onstage when Colbert went to shake Cardinal Dolan’s hand but the cardinal took Mr. Colbert’s hand and kissed it in ‘a disarming role reversal for a big prelate with a big job and a big ring’.

Introduced as a potential future Pope, Cardinal Dolan remarked; “If I am elected Pope, which is probably the greatest gag all evening, I’ll be Stephen III.”

The report also says that Colbert shed his character for the evening and offered several sincere insights into how he manages to remain a faithful Catholic while making fun of his own religion and most others.

He asked: “Are there flaws in the church? Absolutely. But is there great beauty in the church? Absolutely.”

Colbert said he did not make jokes about the sacraments, or put a picture of the crucifixion on screen but he liked to poke fun at the use and misuse of religion, especially in politics.

The youngest of 11 children raised as Catholics, he added: “Then I’m not talking about Christ. I’m talking about Christ as cudgel.”

Colbert spoke of his experiences as a 10-year-old when his father and two of his brothers died in a plane crash.

He told the students that after the funeral, in the limousine on the way home, one of his sisters made another sister laugh so hard that she fell on the floor.

He admitted: “At that moment, I resolved that I wanted to be able to make someone laugh that hard.”

A teacher at a Sunday school in New Jersey, Colbert is raising his own children at Catholics.

The comedian said: “The real reason I remain a Catholic is what the church gives me, which is love.”

When Cardinal Dolan introduced Colbert’s wife Evelyn and brought her up to the stage the cardinal put his arm around her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

The paper reports that when Colbert feigned offense, the cardinal brought down the house when he said: “I can kiss your wife. You can’t kiss mine.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Humor; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; humor

Introduced as a potential future Pope, Cardinal Dolan remarked; “If I am elected Pope, which is probably the greatest gag all evening, I’ll be Stephen III”....

....Colbert said he did not make jokes about the sacraments, or put a picture of the crucifixion on screen but he liked to poke fun at the use and misuse of religion, especially in politics. The youngest of 11 children raised as Catholics, he added: “Then I’m not talking about Christ. I’m talking about Christ as cudgel”....

....When Cardinal Dolan introduced Colbert’s wife Evelyn and brought her up to the stage the cardinal put his arm around her and gave her a kiss on the cheek. The paper reports that when Colbert feigned offense, the cardinal brought down the house when he said: “I can kiss your wife. You can’t kiss mine.”

1 posted on 09/16/2012 4:19:59 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

What a couple of knuckleheads.


2 posted on 09/16/2012 4:37:22 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Alex Murphy

Fordham didn’t allow broadcast nor, I think, recording. Hmm...


3 posted on 09/16/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Quodlibet)
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To: Alex Murphy

If Colbert did a good thing, props to him. Frankly, I’d be too worried to invite him to such an event because of prior experience. He’s a loose cannon ... or a loose keg of black powder ... either one ready to blow up in your face.


4 posted on 09/16/2012 4:52:46 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Fantastic! Thanks for posting this positive Catholic article. Hey, when are you starting RCIA?
5 posted on 09/16/2012 5:25:16 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...

Ping!


6 posted on 09/16/2012 5:28:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Alex Murphy
Cardinal Dolan needs to brush up on his church history. There has already been a Pope Stephen III...in fact there has been a Pope Stephen IX. If he wasn't Pope Stephen X.

(A priest named Stephen was elected pope in 752 but died before he was consecrated--sometimes he is listed as Stephen II but sometimes he is excluded from the list of popes...so for all the later Pope Stephens there is a bit of uncertainty about the correct number.)

7 posted on 09/16/2012 5:31:39 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Alex Murphy

thanks for the post. Made me smile.

You’re going to RCIA? Wow! I wish you were in my parish. We’re going to have the BEST RCIA this year.


8 posted on 09/16/2012 6:32:07 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Mad Dawg; Salvation; Alex Murphy

Well, if Alex is starting RCIA, I humbly suggest that we begin a small prayer group on his behalf, for discernment.


9 posted on 09/16/2012 6:46:32 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Tanniker Smith

No, he’s an entertainer who probably spends his time wondering why or how some people take his “in character” political buffoonery seriously.


10 posted on 09/16/2012 6:46:56 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Colbert is a loathsome and despicable blasphemer.


11 posted on 09/16/2012 7:05:56 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Alex Murphy

“Gilligan!”

12 posted on 09/16/2012 7:10:42 PM PDT by RichInOC (Jesus is coming back soon...and man, is He ticked off. (I'm trying to keep it clean.))
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Fordham didn’t allow broadcast nor, I think, recording. Hmm...

Fordham was all set to make a deal with CNN for recording/broadcast; Colbert nixed it.

13 posted on 09/16/2012 7:38:23 PM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history)
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To: Melas
Because he stays "in character" even where not appropriate and then acts inappropriately because it's "in character". But it's okay to be offensive because he's "in character".

Fact is that this event will never be shown because he's not in character, or conversely, he's not in character because it won't be shown. In either case, that apparently freed him from the need to offend people.

14 posted on 09/16/2012 7:48:20 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Salvation; Mad Dawg; sayuncledave; ArrogantBustard
Hey, when are you starting RCIA?

Which one of you is sending me the power drill?

15 posted on 09/16/2012 8:16:34 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (At the end of the day, you have to worship the god who can set you on fire.)
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To: Alex Murphy

It’s funny for a funny thread.

I guess it wasn’t as good of a joke as Colbert and Dolan, right?


16 posted on 09/16/2012 8:21:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Mamzelle
Colbert is a loathsome and despicable blasphemer.

So was Dante. That doesn't mean he isn't a good Catholic. ;0)

17 posted on 09/16/2012 8:49:08 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: sayuncledave; Mad Dawg; Salvation; Alex Murphy
Ah tis sure you younger Catholics do not remember the clerical tradition of tryin' ta be foony, and the poor bastids gotta laugh or they're goin' straight ta Hell bejaysus!

Repeat after me. "Gosh Father, that was a real knee-slapper and no, I never heard it before today! Ah go 'head, take a mulligan."

18 posted on 09/16/2012 9:02:31 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama = Allende.)
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To: Alex Murphy; Salvation; Mad Dawg; sayuncledave
Power Drill???

Your reference to a 4 year old post makes almost no sense ...

Speaking for myself only, I do not want someone with an obvious interest in the Catholic Church to feel unwelcome.

19 posted on 09/17/2012 3:47:41 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: IncPen

Oh! I didn’t know that.


20 posted on 09/17/2012 6:02:10 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("When you come to a fork in the road, take it." - Yogi Berra)
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To: Alex Murphy

“The Vatican Rag”

First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Do whatever steps you want, if
You have cleared them with the Pontiff.
Everybody say his own
Kyrie eleison,
Doin’ the Vatican Rag.

Get in line in that processional,
Step into that small confessional,
There, the guy who’s got religion’ll
Tell you if your sin’s original.
If it is, try playing it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer,
Two, four, six, eight,
Time to transubstantiate!

So get down upon your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Make a cross on your abdomen,
When in Rome do like a Roman,
Ave Maria,
Gee it’s good to see ya,
Gettin’ ecstatic an’
Sorta dramatic an’
Doin’ the Vatican Rag!

-Tom Lehrer


22 posted on 09/17/2012 8:07:58 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Alex Murphy

As far as I can see the remark was made in jest, and I naively thought it was serious. Sorry for the error. God bless you in any case in all cases.


23 posted on 09/17/2012 8:13:53 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Depone serpentem et ab veneno gradere.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Since Cardinal Dolan is the head of the US Bishops who Bill O’Reilly said never said anything about Caroline Kennedy’s pro-abortion speech at the Democratic Convention,I would say that Cardinal Dolan is proving to be a better jokester than a leader of the Bishops.


24 posted on 09/17/2012 10:30:13 AM PDT by ardara
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To: Salvation

FR needs a “Like” button!


25 posted on 09/17/2012 6:26:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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