Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Thursday, February 11, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

SJB Ravioli Dinner 2016

Home : News : Nation and World
Cardinal, comedian trade jokes at Fordham but get serious about faith
Catholic News Service photo
Political satirist Stephen Colbert, Jesuit Father James Martin, moderator, and New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan are seen during a conversation about humor, faith, joy and the spiritual life Sept. 14 at Fordham University in the Bronx section of New York.
Catholic News Service photo
Political satirist Stephen Colbert, Jesuit Father James Martin, moderator, and New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan are seen during a conversation about humor, faith, joy and the spiritual life Sept. 14 at Fordham University in the Bronx section of New York.
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — In Fordham University's Rose Hill Gymnasium, television comedian Stephen Colbert joined forces with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York Sept. 14 to discuss faith, humor and spirituality before an audience of 3,000, mostly made up of cheering students.

The session was moderated by Jesuit Father James Martin, author of "The Jesuit Guide to Nearly Everything" and "Between Heaven and Mirth." He is the official chaplain of Colbert's show as well as culture editor at the Jesuits' America magazine.

Colbert is host of "The Colbert Report," a pseudo-archconservative, faux news show. An active Catholic who teaches religious instruction to children in his parish, he said comedians often don't understand how he could remain Catholic.

Instead, Colbert explained that he sees the Catholic Church as teaching joy, which he called the "infallible sign of the presence of God."

Though the comedian maintains his television persona nearly all the time in front of the camera and in public interviews away from the show, in a rare moment, he slipped out of character, admitting to the nearly exclusively student audience at the Jesuit university that he loves the Catholic Church despite its human flaws. "I love my church -- warts and all," he said.

When Cardinal Dolan, who is known for his own gregarious sense of humor, took the stage, it was he who bowed and kissed Colbert's ring. This set the tone for the rest of the high-energy and frolicsome evening.

As he was introduced, there was a reference to him being on the list of "papabili," or future pope. "If I am elected pope, which is probably the greatest gag all evening, I'll be Stephen III," Cardinal Dolan joked.

In his remarks, which he later posted on his blog, "The Gospel in the Digital Age," the cardinal told Colbert he doesn't often have a chance to watch his show but knows his nieces "are certainly among your legion of fans."
He remarked he would keep his comments short, because Father Martin "has given me only 10 minutes -- which could be the best joke of the evening, to think that a bishop would be so brief."

Striking a serious note, he told Colbert, "Part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith, and the church, there's no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the church as your spiritual family."

Cardinal Dolan said his assignment was to share "what you might call the theological reasons for laughter. Why would a person of faith be cheerful? Why is a crabby believer a contradiction?"

"Here's my reason for joy: the cross. You heard me right: the cross of Christ!" he said.

When Jesus was crucified "on that Friday strangely called 'Good,' literally the 'lights went out' as even the sun hid in shame. ... Jesus, pure goodness, seemed bullied to death by undiluted evil; love, jackbooted by hate; ... life itself, crushed by death. It seemed we could never smile again."

But then came "the Sunday called Easter," the Son "rose from the dead" and God had the last word, Cardinal Dolan said. "Hope, not despair; faith, not doubt; love, not spite; light, not an eclipse of the sun; life, not the abyss of death."

"'He who laughs last, laughs best,'" he added. "And we believers have never stopped smiling since that resurrection of Jesus from the dead!"

"Lord knows there are plenty of Good Fridays in our lives ... but they will not prevail," he said. "Easter will. As we Irish claim, "Life is all about loving, living, and laughing, not about hating, dying, and moaning."

In his remarks Colbert said, "If Jesus doesn't have a sense of humor, I'm in huge trouble."

He said that though some comedians make jokes at the expense of religion, specifically Christianity, Colbert explained he only makes jokes about what he called "people's misuse of religion" in politics and other arenas.

As part of the performance/discussion, Colbert joked with Cardinal Dolan about the new English translation of the Roman Missal, implemented last fall, calling the language stilted and overly formal.

He pointed out the translation of the Nicene Creed in which the phrase "one in being with the Father" was replaced with "consubstantial with the Father."

"Consubstantial?" Colbert asked incredulously, "It's the creed ... not the SAT prep," referring to the national university entrance examination.

After the presentation, Father Martin said in an interview that the evening at Fordham "wildly exceeded anyone's expectations. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I think that the crowd sensed that as soon as the two men walked out on stage."

"I thought that the energy of those 3,000 students was going to lift the roof off of the Fordham gym."
Afterward several students remarked they were especially moved that Colbert and Cardinal Dolan were honest and open about their deep love for the Catholic faith.

Father Martin added that toward the end of the evening, as Fordham's president, Jesuit Father Joseph McShane, "was thanking Mr. Colbert, the cardinal leaned over to me and said, 'This is the new evangelization.' Amen to that."

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved