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 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
God never tires of offering His forgiveness each time we ask for it.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 23, 2016
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.