By Stephen Ryan – author of The Madonna Files
“A Powerful book of adventure and faith” – FRANK SCHAEFFER is a New York Times best selling author
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 – particularly in the year 2016. It almost seemed impossible 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”