5 Quotes from Stephen Colbert on Protestantism

Protestants are “a single Pope away from reaching their full potential.”

Stephen Colbert's Catholicism hit center stage after he defended the rights of migrant workers before a House Committee.

Listers, many are aware that Stephen Colbert is an accomplished comedian and satirist, but he is also a practicing Catholic and a “Sunday School” teacher.1 Those who seek to run Colbert through a Catholic litmus test may be disappointed to know that many of his personal beliefs remain personal, but fortunately his religious quips and barbs are all public.

The following quotes are taken from Stephen Colbert’s excellent book: I Am America (And So Can You!). SPL highly recommends it for those seeking a light-hearted and intellectual laugh. For more on Colbert’s Catholicism, read The Washington Post article, Stephen Colbert May Play Religion for Laughs, but His Thoughtful Catholicism Still Shows Through.

Stephen Colbert’s Catholicism came into the spotlight when the comedian decided to testify before a House Committee concerning migrant workers. (Video)


This is a variant form of Christianity, or “heresy.”

One Pope Away:

Protestants don’t make me angry as much as disappointed. Unlike the world’s crazy made-up religions, they’re so close to getting it right. They’re a single Pope away from reaching their full potential.

God’s Language:

Do you really think God prefers a mess of polyglot, disorganized prayers over the elegant hand-written Latin epistles from Benedict XVI?

Protestants Come Home:

Whenever you’re ready, the Church’s doors are always open. We’ll let you back into eternal salvation, and all you have to do is say a few Hail Marys, feel a little guilty, and deliver us your massive army of lockstep values voters.


What, the Church of England wasn’t heretical enough for you? – Don’t be a Meth-head.

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  • Cubby

    Never cared much for Colbert. Until now. I may actually tune in to his show now, and with a new perspective, too!

  • It sort of worries me when I see a lot of Catholics singing Stephen Colbert’s praises for being Catholic. Yes, he seems to know his Catechism and the Church’s stances on things but I don’t consider his behavior to always be the best. His “running for president” campaign and various other things I’ve seen don’t really seem to me to be the way a Catholic should behave. I’m not saying don’t enjoy his humor or praise his defenses of the Catholic Church, just that I see some people getting “Pro-Colbert” when I don’t know if we should be using him as an example of how to be. :)

  • Dan

    It’s a new world for Catholics in America, we have missed two generations to teach them what our faith is. We can no longer do it alone, we need everyone on board and you catch more flies with honey and a little humor. Be true to your faith and bring ’em all back to “The Church”, one man at a time, and oh yea, keep your salvation front and center, we are called to be Saints and we will be. The pillars we stand on: #1. Moral #2. Spiritual #3 Economic #4 Political, in that order. We have to get it right, in that order and build on each pillar. In the end God is in control and we honor Christ’s body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist, if you truly believe that, you will never leave the Church and you will want everyone else to experience that miracle as well.