As a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, Stephen Colbert has been highly-anticipating Pope Francis I’s first trip to the United States, even inviting him to appear on the Late Show by tempting him with the humblest of chairs.
So he was furious Wednesday night at the thought that someone, especially a fellow Catholic, who could attend the Pope’s speech to Congress Thursday morning, would choose to boycott it instead. Specifically, Colbert took Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to task for “boycotting” the speech over the Pope’s climate change comments.
“When the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one,” Gosar wrote in an op-ed explaining his decision last week. As the Pope began to speak this morning, he tweeted out a new statement that said he planned to watch the speech on TV or read the transcript but would not attend in person:
My statement on Pope Francis' address to Congress: http://t.co/FjMqtHrQrH
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) September 24, 2015
In response to Gosar’s description of climate change as “questionable science,” Colbert said, “So I guess what the congressman is saying is that the Pope should be promoting hard science like walking on water and virgin births. C’mon!”
“This is the Vicar of Christ you’re walking out on!” an incensed Colbert said. “I don’t give a flying flock what your personal doctrine is, you do not disrespect the Bishop of Rome.” If Gosar is so “stuck in his ways” that he would give up his chance to hear the Pope speak in person, Colbert asked, “then can I have your tickets?”
Watch video below, via CBS:
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