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NEW YORK (RNS) So who is the funniest Catholic in the Western world: New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan or Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert? By David Gibson.

14 Comments

  1. When you say “Western world” in your opening sentence, you mean the USA, right? Britain has some very funny Catholic comedians, as I’m sure do most of the countries of Europe. Please try to remember there’s a world (even part of the western world) beyond your borders. I know it’s hard for you Americans.

  2. Peter: No, I meant the entire Western world, including Europe and everywhere you could imagine…

    Actually, I meant that — much like Synge did, I imagine — because I was being a tad ironic, in keeping with the subject matter.

  3. This is wonderful! These two men are absolutely hilarious and I can’t wait to see them together! I laughed out loud just reading this article :)

  4. I’m sorry, I find Dolan to be a windbag. His report on the situation in Ireland was a joke, but not in the humorous meaning.

  5. Colbert is a true genius! And I’m sure he was not offended by the Daily Show’s humor regarding the contraceptives issue. I don’t feel as warmly about Card. Dolan, but he is funny, you have to admit. As for the third guy named, who is he and why should anybody care?

  6. Cindy, I am sure it will be streaming on the web but I also think it may be broadcast.

  7. Because today is the day that Fordham was to make a news release about the event and because we could not find anything on the Fordham site this morning, we called Fordham and were told that this event is closed to the public. We are deeply disappointed that, after all the buildup, that is the case! Will the event be broadcast or live-streamed or recorded for later broadcast? Thank you!

  8. This would certainly be an event primarily for the Fordham community, I’m sure. Opening it to the general public would swamp any venue. Just the undergrads will fill the hall easy. Which is why I think they’ll broadcast it.

  9. We need a good dose of humor now a days, specially with all the bad news lately. Let’s hope for a great show. Hopefully it will be broadcast, if not simultaneously, then at least later in the week on the web.

  10. Stephen is just trying to smooth his way into heaven. He tried to have an audience with the Pope, but was turned away. He has to start a little lower first.

  11. Elizabeth O'Connor

    I am so glad this is happening! Some years ago I heard Colbert, whom I had not then seen in action, on the public radio show Fresh Air and found his overt Catholicism combined with humor both rare and delightful, so I devoted one of my weekly columns to him and to the interview. I was slammed by “more Catholic than Catholic” readers who insisted Colbert was unacceptably irreverent. I’m not a big fan of Cardinal Dolan but applaud him for joining this platform. Wish I could be there!

  12. Valerie Martinez

    I found this comedy thing a big waste of time. With all the very serious issues going on in the Church and the very serious battle to save the lives of the most innocent human beings in the womb in US and the world, and this is what our Church leaders are doing???? And, then I read we are fraternizing with a person who has a picture of a manger over a women’s crouch? Stupidity! Does anyone ever ask, “Please keep your panties out of our pocketbooks!” Why should we pay for contraception out of our hard-earned work dollar? And, I am upset to hear a Bishop say, “I am pro-choice.” even in a joke about which team to support. How can he make a joke about the heartache of the many marginalized women who have suffered from choosing abortion. This is an absurd comedian panel and just another attempt to numb everyone into pretending all is just fine. This is not material to laugh about. And, I would imagine that most people reading this will not even get my point. God love you all.