It says something about our culture that it takes a comedian to call an intellectual on his folly. Catholic Garry Wills recently appeared on The Colbert Report to hawk his new, very non-Catholic book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition. In perhaps the only time in history a jester and historian have jousted on late-night television about the eucharist, Stephen Colbert tried a little elementary catechesis on Wills. Enjoy.
Thanks to my friend and colleague, Matt Baugher, for pointing this out. And thanks to Johnny Simmons for the new headline. The previous headline was “Stephen Colbert catechizes Garry Wills.”