Catholic Stephen Colbert Talks Marian Shrines Includes Medjugorje…Tops Jimmy Fallon in Late Night Ratings..

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“It wouldn’t feel right for me, it wouldn’t feel good for me, it wouldn’t be obeying my own conscience, I suppose, to make jokes about the sacraments, or specifically the Eucharist” Stephen Colbert

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NY POST: President Trump’s promise to change America is already producing results — at least when it comes to late night TV.

CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” attracted more viewers than its rival, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” during the week that ended Feb. 10 — the second week in a row the Peacock Network finished No. 2.

And Colbert’s margin of victory is growing.

In the week ended Feb. 3 — Colbert’s first week of new shows since Trump’s inauguration — “Late Night” edged out “Tonight” by a mere 10,000 viewers. Last week, that margin of victory grew to 130,000.

While Fallon still draws in a bigger audience of 18-to-49-year-olds, the demographic advertisers covet, his once comfortable margin of victory is getting slim.

 

Colbert’s resurgence could be tied to his show having a sharper political bent than “Tonight.” Colbert’s opening monologue and at-desk banter is dominated by jokes and banter that take aim at Trump’s missteps.

 

Stephen Colbert on his talk show lists Medjugorje as a place where the Virgin Mary has appeared.

In a kind of trivial pursuits contest known as a “Catholic Throw Down”,  actress Patricia Heaton, asks Colbert to name seven places where the Virgin Mary has appeared. Colbert earnestly responds “Mary has appeared at Fatima, Lourdes,  Medjugorje…  Colbert went on to name three more. He missed Ireland’s apparition at Knock. Impressively,  Stephen Colbert nailed the pronunciation of “Medjugoreje” – a not so easy task.  The man is clearly paying attention.

 

Watch  minute 4:20

The whole segment makes fascinating  TV.  It is rare to hear big time celebrities talking about the Virgin Mary on late night network television. Some people may disagree, but Stephen Colbert has consistently presented himself as a faithful Catholic. He comes from a family of 11 brothers and sisters and he is proud of his faith in a world that seeks to ridicule one’s belief in Christ.

He tells the Daily Beast:  “It wouldn’t feel right for me, it wouldn’t feel good for me, it wouldn’t be obeying my own conscience, I suppose, to make jokes about the sacraments, or specifically the Eucharist” 

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