Stephen Colbert has been on fire lately. In last night’s episode alone he went from filling out his taxes to dissecting Sunday morning talk shows. Then there’s the interview earlier this week with the Julian Assange of Wikileaks.
He’s also a devout Catholic, and when you listen closely to his satire expressions of faith slip through. In one quote that’s making the rounds of the blogosphere, Colbert says:
I love my Church, and I’m a Catholic who was raised by intellectuals, who were very devout. I was raised to believe that you could question the Church and still be a Catholic. What is worthy of satire is the misuse of religion for destructive or political gains. That’s totally different from the Word, the blood, the body and the Christ. His kingdom is not of this earth. (via blogger Nick Bauman; there’s an interview at Time Out New York that he cites, but the full interview doesn’t appear to be available online)
Bauman cites the Wikileak interview as an example Colbert’s Catholicism peeking through; for a far more explicit expression of his faith see his interview with the Rev. James Martin in response to Glenn Beck’s denunciation of social justice.