Acid-tongued comedian Dennis Miller will replace Bill Cosby tonight at a major Catholic fund-raiser for Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Catholic officials announced this afternoon.
On Tuesday, Cosby caused a stir in the Archdiocese of Detroit by telephoning local Catholics concerned by the closing of 18 Catholic schools in metro Detroit. Cosby initially asked if he could meet with a group of the people trying to keep some of those schools open, before going to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn to help raise funds for Cardinal Adam Maida’s seminary.
Then, Tuesday night, Cosby canceled both appearances for personal reasons unrelated to the dispute over Detroit’s Catholic schools.
Scrambling to provide entertainment for the $250-a-plate fundraiser, seminary supporters instead booked Pittsburgh native Miller, who became nationally famous as a sarcastic anchorman on “Saturday Night Live.” Miller also appeared in several movies and starred in his own recently cancelled cable TV show.
Miller is known for mingling conservative political views into his comic monologues. However, he also is the comic whose quip in April, upon hearing news of the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, has been widely repeated. At the time, Miller said, “Usually when I see a German guy on a balcony with an adoring throng underneath him, it tends to make me a little nervous.” [Source]
I occasionally caught parts of his short lived talk show and while he is generally conservative on some issues being that he is a 9-11 conservative, he is certainly no social conservative being both pro-abortion and for gay rights. He also seemed to take every opportunity he could to snipe at the Church on the sexual abuse scandal. Not exactly the best choice to raise money for a Catholic seminary. I find him pretty funny most of the time if only he could come fully over from the dark side.
Update: Dennis Miller missed a flight and did not attend the fundraiser.