Stephen Colbert accuses Pope Francis of being ‘off message’ at Catholic fundraiser

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, October 18, 2013 15:34 EDT
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Stephen Colbert, the keynote speaker at this year’s Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner for Catholic charities, had some “harsh” words for the new pope and his vaunted humility.

“By the way, is the pope here? Pope Francis, are you here? Because if you were we probably wouldn’t know because His Humbleness would be out washing the feet of the coat check guy or something. We get it, you’re modest,” he said.

“If Pope Francis were throwing tonight’s party we wouldn’t be in white tie at the Waldorf,” he continued. “We’d be in sweat pants crammed into a corner booth at the IHOP.”

He then “attacked” the Pope Francis’s deemphasizing of divisive social issues, saying “[i]t’s not just his humble lifestyle that gets my chasuble in a bunch. He’s off message! Saying: Catholics, please stop obsessing about homosexuals, abortion and contraception. For Pete’s sake, we need something to be obsessed about now that Breaking Bad is over.”

Listen to the audio below.

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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