I’ve been meaning to post this video having seen it around and most recently at Happy Catholic.
It would have been more enjoyable without the vulgar language.
The Pertinacious Papist had commented on this.
The most telling thing, of course, is how little either of them actually seem to know about Catholicism, sad to say. For example, Jack White says at one point that person conceived in the Immaculate Conception was Jesus, and Colbert says at another point that the Virgin Mary’s mother was Elizabeth. Ah well … all in the name of entertainment.
And I would add Colbert got the question on instances of Papal Infallibility wrong also. It has not only happened twice, it also happens with canonization of saints. Though many get this wrong.
Now I am a fan of Jack White, musically at least, owning everything he has done – White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather. But cultural Catholicism doesn’t much impress me.
But this wasn’t for us, not really. Think of all the disaffected out there who know nothing of Catholicism who might now wonder. Go to Wikipedia. Ask a friend. The language was a little rude, but on the whole the segment wasn’t irreverent. Let’s pray for them to grow in faith and fill in those blank pages of knowledge.
I’ve read that, on the contrary, the widespread belief of the infallibility of canonization of saints is an example of the ordinary Magisterium erring.
The argument goes that the Magisterium cannot teach truths which are not found in the Deposit of the Faith (Scripture and Tradition) and therefore , the ruling of sanctity based on witness testimony, expert opinion, etc., is a ruling based on something outside of Divine Revelation, which cannot be infallible.
Colbert’s “Catholic Bender” is funny though ..
Catholic Bender – The Colbert Report – 2011-25-04 – Video Clip | Comedy Central http://bit.ly/jMQ5k8
There is a large segment of people who were raised Catholic and call themselves Catholic but are not “practicing”. Reminds me of a Billy Crystal as Jodie in the series “Soap” :
The Prosecution: Mr. Dallas, are you a practicing homosexual?
Jodie: I don’t have to practice. I’m very good at what I do. …
Sadly, not many are good at being or knowing what it means to be Catholic
I was tolerant, but once they both got thurible wrong, I stopped it.(A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services.)
Oy vey, guys. It’s easy to kvetch, but it was a fun bit of light humor between two famous men who happen to be Catholics. (Thurible, by the way, was the only mistake they made that they didn’t catch on their own.)
In fact, I’ll remind you that Catholic Answers did a trivia game that was far less spontaneous and so wasn’t nearly as funny, if entertaining and informative.
Discovered from this clip that Jack White and my father went to the same school: Holy Redeemer High in Detroit. I think that’s all I learned… LOL!
Paten? Am I making a major mistake here or does everyone get this wrong? I thought the PATEN was actually the little golden plate used on the altar, not the catchers used by altar servers. The Catholic Encyclopedia backs me up on this: http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Paten
Also, they got “Be Not Afraid” wrong: That’s the refrain, not the first verse, which starts out, “You shall walk the barren desert/But you shall not die of thirst.” I don’t know if it’s all that liturgically appropriate, but it has a special place in my heart because (aside from being better than most of the drivel we usually sing) it snapped me out of an episode of scrupulosity at Mass one day. Still, I doubt that it’s so much a part of Catholic culture *per se* that it should be used as Catholic trivia.
Re: Jesus and partying: The Pharisees said the same thing, didn’t they?
Finally, what’s up with that whole “If you’re wearing [a scapular] when you die, you go to heaven” bit? *sigh* Catholics don’t do superstitions, guys!
benjamin baxter is riiihgt. Many of the comments seem to miss how great it was to see two Catholics bantering. And NOT on EWTN. Cultural Catholocism impresses me: raising kids in a world otherwise inclined, I loved every second of it. A rock star who is Catholic? That’s a good thing for a teen to see, period. Moreover, they aren’t apologists. They’re entertainers. What did Mother Theresa say about kindness being more responsible for conversions than anything else? The someone who is now planning to post that its the Holy Spirit, not kindness that converts, pretty please don’t. U-know what I mean; would that we know what the Colbert thing meant also!