America's Funniest Catholic
- Comedian Stephen Colbert grew up in a devout Catholic family and it is thanks to his mother’s faith that he found the strength to deal with the terrible blow dealt when his father and two brothers died in an aeroplane crash when he was just 10 years old: My mother “taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us,” Colbert told The New York Times earlier this year. “What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain — it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice.” Today, Colbert, who was born in 1964, is a satirical writer and theatre and television comedian and owes his popularity above all to the famous “Colbert Report”, a talk show which targets politicians and culture, economy and showbiz celebrities, including the Jesuit Fr. Martin. Married and father of three, he is an active member of his New Jersey parish and also deals with issues linked to Catholic life and community.
Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) “Dolan is certainly no slouch when it comes to faith, and he’s also pretty good in the humour department - especially when he is joking at his own expense, usually about his ample girth,” [a] Washington Post journalist joked in Wednesday’s article.
“What weighs on me the most,” - Dolan said in an interview with New York Times last December - “is the caricature of the Catholic Church as crabby, nay-saying, down in the dumps, discouraging, on the run. And I’m thinking if there is anything that should be upbeat, affirming, positive, joyful, it should be people of faith.”