Forget #firecolbert how about hashtag #gotoconfessioncolbert ?

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Forget #firecolbert how about hashtag #gotoconfessioncolbert ?

Full dis­clo­sure: I strug­gle with sin to the point where both today and yes­ter­day when this post was writ­ten I had to skip com­mu­nion at daily Mass because I need confession.

There are a lot of rea­sons to think that Stephen’s Colbert’s vul­gar rant against Trump was a bad idea.

First of all it’s cheap com­edy, it takes no effort to make a vul­gar joke. 2nd of all it’s demean­ing to a major net­work to be this crude on their pri­mary late-​night show. Third of all it’s is dis­re­spect­ful to the office of the pres­i­dency and an exam­ple the decay of our culture.

For me it’s some­thing quite different

One thing about Stephen Col­bert is he is a very pub­lic Catholic, here is him going Catholic with Patrica Heaton:

And here is one with Amer­ica Magazine

Full dis­clo­sure I’m not big on Amer­ica Magazine

He also has been known to pub­licly invite peo­ple, famous peo­ple back to the faith.

Or put sim­ply he is a very pub­lic Catholic who wears his faith on his sleeve.

And that’s why that vul­gar Trump joke is so bad.

He didn’t just do some­thing wrong and beneath him but did it as a known very pub­lic mem­ber of the faith, even worse he didn’t have the courage to say to his writ­ers: “You know I think this crosses the line and as a pub­lic Catholic I shouldn’t do it.” That cow­ardice is the worst of vices as it dri­ves peo­ple, even devout peo­ple to sin more than any­thing else. Cow­ardice, the unwill­ing­ness call out sin, invari­ably leads to some­thing worse.

Now it’s true that a pri­vate sin, like my own are no bet­ter than pub­lic one and can be even more dan­ger­ous in the sense that the lack of pub­lic embar­rass­ment makes it eas­ier to repeat and harder to fight and the plank in your own eye argu­ment is not an unfair one.

But to do some­thing like this in pub­lic brings dis­re­pute on the faith itself.

Some peo­ple think Col­bert should be fired.

I don’t.

I think it’s an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity to dis­play repen­tance and the impor­tance of sacra­men­tal con­fes­sion and show that what­ever ones sins if you are will­ing to go to con­fes­sion repent and work to do bet­ter, you can start over. As the Pope said

I think Col­bert has a great chance to show this, will he, the cham­pion of lib­er­als, have the courage to risk offend­ing those lib­er­als who love this kind of thing.

Full disclosure: I struggle with sin to the point where both today and yesterday when this post was written I had to skip communion at daily Mass because I need confession.

There are a lot of reasons to think that Stephen’s Colbert’s vulgar rant against Trump was a bad idea.

First of all it’s cheap comedy, it takes no effort to make a vulgar joke. 2nd of all it’s demeaning to a major network to be this crude on their primary late-night show. Third of all it’s is disrespectful to the office of the presidency and an example the decay of our culture.

For me it’s something quite different

One thing about Stephen Colbert is he is a very public Catholic, here is him going Catholic with Patrica Heaton:

And here is one with America Magazine

Full disclosure I’m not big on America Magazine

He also has been known to publicly invite people, famous people back to the faith.

Or put simply he is a very public Catholic who wears his faith on his sleeve.

And that’s why that vulgar Trump joke is so bad.

He didn’t just do something wrong and beneath him but did it as a known very public member of the faith, even worse he didn’t have the courage to say to his writers: “You know I think this crosses the line and as a public Catholic I shouldn’t do it.” That cowardice is the worst of vices as it drives people, even devout people to sin more than anything else. Cowardice, the unwillingness call out sin, invariably leads to something worse.

Now it’s true that a private sin, like my own are no better than public one and can be even more dangerous in the sense that the lack of public embarrassment makes it easier to repeat and harder to fight and the plank in your own eye argument is not an unfair one.

But to do something like this in public brings disrepute on the faith itself.

Some people think Colbert should be fired.

I don’t.

I think it’s an excellent opportunity to display repentance and the importance of sacramental confession and show that whatever ones sins if you are willing to go to confession repent and work to do better, you can start over. As the Pope said

I think Colbert has a great chance to show this, will he, the champion of liberals, have the courage to risk offending those liberals who love this kind of thing.