Mattingly: The Catholic Colbert report

Source: Scripps Howard News

Terry Mattingly

Terry Mattingly

For Catholics raised during the head-spinning days after Vatican II, few things inspire flashbacks to the era of flowers and folk Masses quicker than the bouncy hymn “The King of Glory.”

But what was a goofy nerd doing on Comedy Central, belting out this folk song while doing a bizarre blend of Broadway shtick and liturgical dance?

“The king of glory comes, the nation rejoices! Open the gates before him, lift up your voices,” sang Stephen Colbert a decade ago, in a video that is now a YouTube classic. “Who is the king of glory; how shall we call him? He is Emmanuel, the promised of ages.”

Inquiring minds wanted to know: Was this painfully ironic comedian mocking trendy Catholics or saluting them? Was he outing himself as a Christian? Was he praising Jesus or risking a lightning bolt?

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