Observing that early in his papacy, the Pope had been dubbed by the secular press as “Cool Pope,” comedian Jenny Hagel pointed to a picture of the Pontiff and declared, “Here’s the thing: This guy’s not cool.”
“This guy is homophobic,” said Hagel, adding, “We should all care about this because the Pope is a world leader who is giving people permission to be prejudiced.”
“This dude may seem harmless because he’s shuffling around in a white robe,” said Hagel, “but remember: White robes are the official uniform of people with bad ideas,” an obvious reference to the Klu Klux Klan (KKK).
Dissing ALL Catholics and Catholicism
When Hagel pointed at the Pope, she was actually pointing her finger at every single faithful Catholic who embraces and defends Church teaching.
“Hate speech is hate speech,” said Hagel, “and we need to call it out no matter where we see it.”
Meyers introduced the segment by identifying Hagel as “both gay and a Catholic,” yet it is unclear what the modifier “Catholic” indicates in Hagel’s case.
The comedian used the short segment to take shots at celibacy and communion and promote homosexual parenting.
Hagel blamed the church for the criticism she received from her family when she “came out,” saying, “They got that idea at church.”
This is “the same Church that thinks it’s a good idea for 300 people to drink out of the same cup,” said Hagel as a communion chalice was displayed. “Gross,” added Hagel, to the delight of her applauding audience. “That’s gross!” she reiterated.
“When he first became Pope, everyone was like, ‘This guy’s cool.’ He hung out with Leonardo DiCaprio; he said all of our pets are going to heaven; and while other popes have driven around in Mercedes Benzes, Pope Francis drives a Ford Focus, which probably helps with the whole celibacy thing,” added Hagel in a snarky tone.
“I don’t suppose I can blame a gay person who rejects Catholic teaching for being ticked off at the Pope’s upholding it,” wrote Rod Dreher at The American Conservative, “though I can’t recall a late-night comedy show devoting three minutes to a monologue denouncing Francis for the way he’s handled the sex-abuse scandal.”
“This clip shows that the media loves Francis only insofar as he validates what secular liberals hold sacred,” continued Dreher. “He was even celebrated as Person of the Year by a national gay magazine after his ‘Who am I to judge?’ comment.”
“I'm tired of the Catholic hate,” tweeted an observer in response to Jenny Hagel’s posting of her Late Show appearance. “Perhaps if you read the Catechism you would know what the church actually teaches.”
“Also, I expect you to spew the same hate for Islam, Orthodoxy, Mormonism, Judaism for their views on homosexuality,” continued the tweet. “It's not Hate to have different morals.”
I'm tired of the Catholic hate. Perhaps if you read the Catechism you would know what the church actually teaches. Also, I expect you to spew the same hate for Islam, Orthodoxy, Mormonism, Judaism for their views on homosexuality. It's not Hate to have different morals.
— JB7722 (@Jb7722Tj) December 12, 2018
Public condemnation of the Catholic Church is not new to Hagel. In 2017, in another Late Show with Seth Meyers episode, the comedian referred to the Vatican as a “gay sex club.”