A bearded Stephen Colbert discussed his faith with Father James Martin for America Magazine, providing frank answers to questions that those who only know his “Stephen Colbert” character from the late, lamented Colbert Report might be surprised to learn.
“Thank you for being on our little show here,” Father Martin began.
“It’s more show than I have right now,” Colbert replied. “I’ve given up being on television for Lent.”
After a brief discussion of what Colbert actually gave up for Lent, Father Martin asked, “if you could ask Pope Francis one question, what would it be?”
“What do you do to get that smile on your face in the morning?” Colbert replied. “I remember hearing about Mother Teresa talking about getting up and saying, ‘you smile and say “yes.”‘ I did that this morning — but the pope seems so happy. I wonder, ‘what’s your regimen in the morning?’ ‘What do you do in the first five minutes you get out of bed in the morning?'”
“And what do you think he would say?” Father Martin asked.
“He’d probably say ‘prayer’ — and the fact that you’re pope. ‘How did these linens get so white?’ ‘Who ironed them?'”
Father Martin then asked Colbert who his favorite saint was, and Colbert replied that it was Peter.
“He’s the rock [on which Jesus said the Church would be built] — but the rocks are between the ears,” Colbert said, pointing at his head. “Because he has the insight or the grace to know that [Jesus] is the Savior, but still, he denies Christ — he’s always angry. I like him because he’s super-flawed. And yet he gets the biggest job! He gets to be pope!”
The two then discuss — and sing portions of — Colbert’s favorite hymns.
Watch the entire exchange via America Media on YouTube below.