Stephen Colbert is not just America’s most famous Catholic (and self-proclaimed most famous Catholic), but in the past he’s also been named top choice for the papacy; he’s frequently sat down for conversations with America’s other top Catholic, Cardinal Dolan; and he’s never shied away from talking about his faith on the air. As you probably know, this host of The Colbert Report for the past nine years is bringing his show to a close this week before he heads off to take over The Late Show for David Letterman next year. We’re going to miss him, but before he goes we thought we’d take a look back at the more Catholic moments of his legacy as we say goodbye (for now) to our favorite celebrity Catholic.
#8: Stephen Discusses Pope Benedict’s Papal Resignation (2/11/2013)
(Watch the 2nd video following this one to see Fr. Jim Martin, SJ make Colbert laugh.)
#4: Stephen Talks About the Vatican’s Crackdown on American Nuns (6/11/2012)
(When the Holy See came down on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, it wasn’t long before Colbert did too. Make sure to stay tuned and watch the videos playing after this one as Stephen proceeds to have Sr. Simone Campbell to discuss the issue, followed by actor Martin Sheen discussing his Catholic faith, making for a very big Catholic-themed episode.)
#1: Catholic Trivia Throwdown With Jack White (6/23/2011)
(If this doesn’t prove Colbert is a great big, Catholic nerd than nothing will. Here, he goes head-to-head with Jack White, each trying to stump the other via Catholic trivia. NSFW — language.)