I was not there last night, where new kinds of Bronx cheers must have been heard when Cardinal Dolan of New York and Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” met at Fordham University. Their host was Rev. James Martin, SJ, a lover of good humor and author of “Between Heaven and Mirth.”
Here are a couple of paragraphs from Jim’s post at “America” magazine this morning and a link to the whole thing. Jim also explains why there was no television coverage. Alas.
If you were in the Bronx last night, that rumbling sound you heard was not an earthquake, or even an especially loud subway car rolling past, it was the sound of 3,000 Fordham students, faculty, Jesuits and guests cheering for Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Stephen Colbert, the host of “The Colbert Report,” who met for a much-anticipated conversation about the place of joy and humor in the spiritual life. Fordham had invited me to moderate the discussion, called “The Cardinal and Colbert,” which I was delighted to do. Actually, “delighted” is an understatement. “Overjoyed” is better, and in this case entirely appropriate.
The event was the brainchild of two young Fordham theologians, Michael Peppard and Charles Camosy, who pitched it to me over dinner one night in early January. “What would you think about moderating a discussion on humor and faith with Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Dolan?” They hoped to tie it around some of the themes of my book Between Heaven and Mirth. “Great idea!” I said. “We want it to be an example of The New Evangelization,” they said.
Continue reading the blog post here
Fr. Dave Dwyer of the “Busted Halo Show” on Sirius radio posted a short video of the opening on Facebook (it may take years to download it from Facebook and repost it so check it out on his page.
Here’s a photo Dave took and posted as well. Not bad for a radio guy – laughter in motion
This event is not about movies but it sure is about communication and culture. Smile!