Is comic Jim Gaffigan the Catholic Church’s newest evangelizer?

Is Jim Gaffigan technically employed by the Catholic Church? The thought occurred to me in a week during which I … Continued

Is Jim Gaffigan technically employed by the Catholic Church?

The thought occurred to me in a week during which I saw the awesome Catholic comic speak in person and did some reporting about the church’s major new outreach effort it calls “the new evangelization.”

The sweeping campaign seeks to bring back the many millions of Catholics who have left the church and generally to re-imagine the entire concept of evangelizing, which is more typically associated with, well, evangelical Protestants. The new Catholic version is more subtle, highlighting Catholics who are just living out Catholic teachings and are happy as a result.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan signed copies of his book this week after being interviewed by NPR at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.  (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post)

Gaffigan seems to effortlessly embody the idea the Catholic Church and other denominations are desperately promoting: You can be a devout member of mainstream American life. You don’t have to leave God in order to live in the regular world. With many Americans bailing on organized religion, the long-popular Christian maxim to “be in the world but not of it” is being argued a bit less strenuously.

Gaffigan literally symbolizes life at the intersection of tradition and hipsterdom. The guy lives with his wife and five children in the Bowery section of Manhattan (doesn’t get a lot hipper than that), from where they walk with their awesome double stroller to church every Sunday.

Listening to Gaffigan at a Tuesday night event at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, I noted that he promotes core teachings, but not explicitly. For example: He talks and writes a lot about having a big family, and you can’t miss the “Catholic” angle, but the way he explains his reasons for baby-making is subtle.

Asked by interviewer Scott Simon of NPR that night to talk a bit about “family life” (code for five kids), Gaffigan said: “I’m Catholic, my wife is Shiite Catholic. There’s no goalie.”

In his new book, “Dad is Fat,” Gaffigan names a full chapter after the three-word response that proved sufficient through his life when people asked him about being one of six children himself: “Six kids (pause), Catholic.”

Honestly I have nothing to compare the big family experience to. I was the youngest of six children. The scrape of the pot. My parents tried their best, but they were exhausted. It was like the last half hour of a brunch buffet. It’s still a great meal, but let’s just say at that point, the guy working the omelet station has lost some of his enthusiasm.

And later in the chapter, he uses fully secular words to express profound – some might say spiritual – reasons for his big family.

Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial. What exactly am I missing out on? Money? A few more hours of sleep? A more peaceful meal? More hair? These are nothing compared to what I get from these five monsters who rule my life … each one of them has been a pump of light into my shriveled black heart.

He talks often about his love for his wife, Jeannie. He praises everything from her looks to the 50-50 partnership they have in writing. At Sixth and I he lobbed another casual religious half-joke: “I’m kind of surprised she’s staying with me, but she’s Catholic.”

Gaffigan spoke about the potential moral questions involved in his work. He noted that his comedy, which constantly touches on his children, takes often him away from them. Someone asked if he would like his children to go into the entertainment business, and he seemed ambivalent, explaining that his own work was a constant push-pull of being overly praised and then squashed.

Am I going overboard? I don’t know that much about Gaffigan, except that he’s known for being noticeably wholesome (no swearing) for one of the country’s most popular comics.

He also hit another sweet spot of American religion – interfaith. He performed (though this wasn’t intentional, his publicist told me) at a downtown synagogue and made a few jokes about how his son was circumcised at their apartment by a lesbian rabbi who hit on Gaffigan’s sister.

 

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  • Samael

    Hot Pockets!

  • Samael

    Hot Pockets!

  • Hildy J

    For someone who can “life at the intersection of tradition and hipsterdom” a big family is a possibility. For far two many in the developing world, the refusal of the catholic church to allow and even promote birth control (at the very least barrier birth control – condoms and diaphragms) leads to greater poverty and, all too often, famine and death.

    While churches that have advocated celibacy for all believers, as Paul recommended, tend to vanish after a generation or two, that doesn’t mean that a church should encourage its flock to breed like rabbits just to create more members.

  • Hildy J

    For someone who can “life at the intersection of tradition and hipsterdom” a big family is a possibility. For far two many in the developing world, the refusal of the catholic church to allow and even promote birth control (at the very least barrier birth control – condoms and diaphragms) leads to greater poverty and, all too often, famine and death.

    While churches that have advocated celibacy for all believers, as Paul recommended, tend to vanish after a generation or two, that doesn’t mean that a church should encourage its flock to breed like rabbits just to create more members.

  • Hildy J

    Jeez.I’m getting sloppy – “live” should be inserted after “can” and I’d stone my son if he used “two” instead of “too”.

  • Hildy J

    Jeez.I’m getting sloppy – “live” should be inserted after “can” and I’d stone my son if he used “two” instead of “too”.

  • pewterpony

    I don’t get it. What is this article trying to say. It seems incomplete. He’s a comic who happens to be Catholic. OK. And so that means what? Is the next article going to be about a comedian who happens to be Jewish? …. Gaffigan is a brilliant comedian. Just not sure what this article is trying to communicate.

  • pewterpony

    I don’t get it. What is this article trying to say. It seems incomplete. He’s a comic who happens to be Catholic. OK. And so that means what? Is the next article going to be about a comedian who happens to be Jewish? …. Gaffigan is a brilliant comedian. Just not sure what this article is trying to communicate.

  • jenn976

    This article is about nothing. I like Jim Gaffigan, have since I saw him about 4 years ago. Hilarious. Okay, now I know he’s Catholic. Whatever.

  • jenn976

    This article is about nothing. I like Jim Gaffigan, have since I saw him about 4 years ago. Hilarious. Okay, now I know he’s Catholic. Whatever.

  • wolfcr

    So why is it funny if he answers EVERYTHING with “I’m Catholic.” Is it some sort of inside joke I’m not getting? For a supposedly funny guy there wasn’t really a funny line in the whole article.

  • wolfcr

    So why is it funny if he answers EVERYTHING with “I’m Catholic.” Is it some sort of inside joke I’m not getting? For a supposedly funny guy there wasn’t really a funny line in the whole article.

  • dkp01

    He doesn’t, this article is just focusing entirely on that one aspect. Go look up his Hot Pocket routine (it does get crude, and if you don’t like crude humor you probably won’t like it, but it’s not at all based in his faith).

  • dkp01

    He doesn’t, this article is just focusing entirely on that one aspect. Go look up his Hot Pocket routine (it does get crude, and if you don’t like crude humor you probably won’t like it, but it’s not at all based in his faith).

  • dkp01

    I just busted out laughing from memory of that bit alone.

  • dkp01

    I just busted out laughing from memory of that bit alone.

  • you people

    And then there was this Irish girl who desperately needed an abortion in order to save her life. She was refused because of the religiously based (catholic) anti abortion laws. She died. Funny? HA HA, or ha ha? See, Catholics do have a sense of humor after all. AND now they are taking over all secular hospitals in the more isolated communities in order to refuse abortions and impose their anti contraception doctrine on everyone. HA HA! Oh, this is no joke.

  • you people

    And then there was this Irish girl who desperately needed an abortion in order to save her life. She was refused because of the religiously based (catholic) anti abortion laws. She died. Funny? HA HA, or ha ha? See, Catholics do have a sense of humor after all. AND now they are taking over all secular hospitals in the more isolated communities in order to refuse abortions and impose their anti contraception doctrine on everyone. HA HA! Oh, this is no joke.

  • RecoveringEditor

    “And later in the chapter, he uses fully secular words to express profound – some might say spiritual – reasons for his big family.

    ‘Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial.’ ”

    He neglected to mention other such uninspiring and superficial reason for not having huge families as over-population and the increasing stress on human society and the the environment, with the resulting increase in the probability of disease, famine and war; the crowding of our cities and highways; the contamination of our air and water; the depletion of our farm land — or the covering of it for housing tracts — the exhaustion of our natural resources; the devastation of our forests; and the extinction of plants and animals.

    I agree; I’d much rather a comedian have five children than worry about any of these trifles.

  • RecoveringEditor

    “And later in the chapter, he uses fully secular words to express profound – some might say spiritual – reasons for his big family.

    ‘Well, why not? I guess the reasons against having more children always seemed uninspiring and superficial.’ ”

    He neglected to mention other such uninspiring and superficial reason for not having huge families as over-population and the increasing stress on human society and the the environment, with the resulting increase in the probability of disease, famine and war; the crowding of our cities and highways; the contamination of our air and water; the depletion of our farm land — or the covering of it for housing tracts — the exhaustion of our natural resources; the devastation of our forests; and the extinction of plants and animals.

    I agree; I’d much rather a comedian have five children than worry about any of these trifles.

  • Villard

    Thanks for a great story about a great comic. Sorry that the comboxers are using it as an opportunity to attack the Church.
    ‘you people’ – Get your facts straight before you rant. You can’t make a bumper sticker out of a case like “the Irish girl” – there may have been options to save the mother that were not chosen; quiz the doctor on that one. The mother died of blood poisoning after the miscarriage was over; blood poisoning and death may have been the outcomes even if she was provided with an abortion.
    As reported: “The World Health Organization identifies Ireland as an unusually safe place to be pregnant. The most recent report on global maternal death rates found that only three out of every 100,000 women die in childbirth in Ireland, compared with an average of 14 in Europe and North America, 190 in Asia and 590 in Africa.”
    Catholic hospitals are not “taking over secular hospitals”; rather the contrary – Catholic hospitals are in peril. Some will close rather than join the secularist movement to embed abortion and contraception into the fabric of “healing”. An abortion is a choice, in the extreme, not to love. Sexual activity with contraception is an act in which partners choose to love themselves only. It’s not killing, but it’s selfish. The act was designed and meant to be fruitful. Without the possibility of fruitfulness, you’re just kids playing with your toys. The Church says we were made for more than that.
    The Catholic Church finds a deadly contradiction in saying killing a baby is a form of health care. Kermit Gosnell is the end product of that thinking. The members of the Church often fail in so many ways to live out the teachings of Christ, but the Church goes on teaching them. Read Flannery O’Conner.
    God bless the Gaffigans; their kids, all five (or more, if God intends) are gonna have a great life.

  • Villard

    Thanks for a great story about a great comic. Sorry that the comboxers are using it as an opportunity to attack the Church.
    ‘you people’ – Get your facts straight before you rant. You can’t make a bumper sticker out of a case like “the Irish girl” – there may have been options to save the mother that were not chosen; quiz the doctor on that one. The mother died of blood poisoning after the miscarriage was over; blood poisoning and death may have been the outcomes even if she was provided with an abortion.
    As reported: “The World Health Organization identifies Ireland as an unusually safe place to be pregnant. The most recent report on global maternal death rates found that only three out of every 100,000 women die in childbirth in Ireland, compared with an average of 14 in Europe and North America, 190 in Asia and 590 in Africa.”
    Catholic hospitals are not “taking over secular hospitals”; rather the contrary – Catholic hospitals are in peril. Some will close rather than join the secularist movement to embed abortion and contraception into the fabric of “healing”. An abortion is a choice, in the extreme, not to love. Sexual activity with contraception is an act in which partners choose to love themselves only. It’s not killing, but it’s selfish. The act was designed and meant to be fruitful. Without the possibility of fruitfulness, you’re just kids playing with your toys. The Church says we were made for more than that.
    The Catholic Church finds a deadly contradiction in saying killing a baby is a form of health care. Kermit Gosnell is the end product of that thinking. The members of the Church often fail in so many ways to live out the teachings of Christ, but the Church goes on teaching them. Read Flannery O’Conner.
    God bless the Gaffigans; their kids, all five (or more, if God intends) are gonna have a great life.

  • Romelle Frazee Blanton

    They aren’t mentioned because they are not true. Research the facts behind the propaganda you have been fed.

  • Romelle Frazee Blanton

    They aren’t mentioned because they are not true. Research the facts behind the propaganda you have been fed.

  • SeaCam

    So maybe the Chinese have the ultimate answer: The one child law! Now 200 million females have been “eliminated” from the Asian population (thanks goes to Planned Parenthood for introducing that idea to the the Chinese Government…get rid of the females and we can reduce the population at an ever faster rate).

  • SeaCam

    So maybe the Chinese have the ultimate answer: The one child law! Now 200 million females have been “eliminated” from the Asian population (thanks goes to Planned Parenthood for introducing that idea to the the Chinese Government…get rid of the females and we can reduce the population at an ever faster rate).

  • SeaCam

    Actually, you should go back and get your facts on this case. You have the complete story wrong.
    Yes, a woman tragically died but it was more malpractice than a case of Ireland being a Catholic country. As part of the European Union, Ireland complies with EU laws on abortion when the life of the mother is at risk. The Doctor screwed up.

    Dr. Gosnell did not screw up. He intended to kill those kids.

  • SeaCam

    Actually, you should go back and get your facts on this case. You have the complete story wrong.
    Yes, a woman tragically died but it was more malpractice than a case of Ireland being a Catholic country. As part of the European Union, Ireland complies with EU laws on abortion when the life of the mother is at risk. The Doctor screwed up.

    Dr. Gosnell did not screw up. He intended to kill those kids.

  • Nosy_Parker

    Boorstein writes: “I don’t know that much about Gaffigan, except that he’s known for being noticeably wholesome (no swearing) for one of the country’s most popular comics.”

    So which is it, dkp01?

  • Nosy_Parker

    Boorstein writes: “I don’t know that much about Gaffigan, except that he’s known for being noticeably wholesome (no swearing) for one of the country’s most popular comics.”

    So which is it, dkp01?

  • Chris AndAngela Oswald

    Assuming your first faulty premise – That higher populations increase war, famine, disease. Then why are these things bad? Because they kill people? But that decreases the population right? RecoveringEditor’s post is a muddled mess of faulty logic, bad math, pseudo-science, eugenics and historical ignorance. War and disease have been much worse in previous, less-populated periods of history. Over-population is a red-herring.

  • Chris AndAngela Oswald

    Assuming your first faulty premise – That higher populations increase war, famine, disease. Then why are these things bad? Because they kill people? But that decreases the population right? RecoveringEditor’s post is a muddled mess of faulty logic, bad math, pseudo-science, eugenics and historical ignorance. War and disease have been much worse in previous, less-populated periods of history. Over-population is a red-herring.

  • Karen Estes

    May God have mercy on those of you who posted blasphemous comments!!!!

  • Karen Estes

    May God have mercy on those of you who posted blasphemous comments!!!!

  • JustPlainMe

    SeaCam, you forgot to tell that fool you were responding to that Ireland is the safest place on the planet for both Mother and Baby to give birth/be born. And Youpeople’s “Irish girl” is whom? Is she actually talking about the Indian woman who died there earlier this year? She wasn’t going to survive anyway based on the follow up reports that were not reported with the same enthusiasm when it was discovered.

  • JustPlainMe

    SeaCam, you forgot to tell that fool you were responding to that Ireland is the safest place on the planet for both Mother and Baby to give birth/be born. And Youpeople’s “Irish girl” is whom? Is she actually talking about the Indian woman who died there earlier this year? She wasn’t going to survive anyway based on the follow up reports that were not reported with the same enthusiasm when it was discovered.

  • JustPlainMe

    I’d love to smack the dirt out of you.

  • JustPlainMe

    I’d love to smack the dirt out of you.

  • Ibcingu Too

    Being one of 9 siblings myself —- (Irish) Catholic — this was my favorite line in the whole article. Totally describes my poor parents also.

    “My parents tried their best, but they were exhausted. It was like the last half hour of a brunch buffet. It’s still a great meal, but let’s just say at that point, the guy working the omelet station has lost some of his enthusiasm.”

  • Ibcingu Too

    Being one of 9 siblings myself —- (Irish) Catholic — this was my favorite line in the whole article. Totally describes my poor parents also.

    “My parents tried their best, but they were exhausted. It was like the last half hour of a brunch buffet. It’s still a great meal, but let’s just say at that point, the guy working the omelet station has lost some of his enthusiasm.”

  • Nosy_Parker

    Oooh, I’m so scared of the imaginary Sky Fairy!

  • Nosy_Parker

    Oooh, I’m so scared of the imaginary Sky Fairy!

  • janet_baker76

    But don’t read Flannery o’Connor.

  • janet_baker76

    But don’t read Flannery o’Connor.

  • janet_baker76

    We have the whole universe to populate. What is your problem?

  • janet_baker76

    We have the whole universe to populate. What is your problem?

  • janet_baker76

    You don’t seem to get it. Abortion is murder.

  • janet_baker76

    You don’t seem to get it. Abortion is murder.

  • janet_baker76

    Huh?

  • janet_baker76

    Huh?

  • janet_baker76

    And I’m so grateful to the God who hears my prayers!

  • janet_baker76

    And I’m so grateful to the God who hears my prayers!

  • Nosy_Parker

    I’ll take my chance with the scientific method. And just for fun, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who brought me ravioli for dinner tonight, thankyouverymuch.

  • Nosy_Parker

    I’ll take my chance with the scientific method. And just for fun, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, who brought me ravioli for dinner tonight, thankyouverymuch.

  • you people

    The case highlighted a two-decade problem in Ireland’s abortion law. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling declared that abortions deemed necessary to save a woman’s life must be legal, but successive governments have refused to pass any law to support the ruling, fearful of voter backlash in a nation where Catholicism remains the dominant faith. With the Constitution containing a blanket ban on abortions, doctors remain fearful of prosecution on murder charges if they perform a termination.

  • you people

    The case highlighted a two-decade problem in Ireland’s abortion law. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling declared that abortions deemed necessary to save a woman’s life must be legal, but successive governments have refused to pass any law to support the ruling, fearful of voter backlash in a nation where Catholicism remains the dominant faith. With the Constitution containing a blanket ban on abortions, doctors remain fearful of prosecution on murder charges if they perform a termination.

  • Droffas

    Wow. So overpopulation isn’t a problem because it doesn’t deplete necessary resources and, even if it does, depletion of resources cures overpopulation? I suspect people are hoping for a non-disease/famine cure to population issues (as well as a non-Maoist solution). As to it being a red-herring… wow.

  • Droffas

    Wow. So overpopulation isn’t a problem because it doesn’t deplete necessary resources and, even if it does, depletion of resources cures overpopulation? I suspect people are hoping for a non-disease/famine cure to population issues (as well as a non-Maoist solution). As to it being a red-herring… wow.

  • Droffas

    Crude in this case is intestinal jokes, not swearing. They are not presenting mutually exclusive options.

  • Droffas

    Crude in this case is intestinal jokes, not swearing. They are not presenting mutually exclusive options.

  • Droffas

    Dear Bacon, Thank you. Sincerely, Water Chestnut III.

    Bippity Boppity Bacon!

  • Droffas

    Dear Bacon, Thank you. Sincerely, Water Chestnut III.

    Bippity Boppity Bacon!

  • you people

    I guess I was generalizing on the “irish girl”. Although you can specifically bring up the “indian” girl, the truth applies to all girls who are dominated by a religiously imposed set of values, not shared universally, but come about by a “cult or so called spirituality” of which catholicism, like the islamic taliban, is a prime example.
    Your beliefs are not shared by most people, and attempting to circumvent constitutional safeguards by forming a monopoly on healthcare in smaller communities like they are doing in Washington State is an example of the imposition of those nonsensical mumbo jumbo genuflecting behaviors on the rest of us Americans.

  • you people

    I guess I was generalizing on the “irish girl”. Although you can specifically bring up the “indian” girl, the truth applies to all girls who are dominated by a religiously imposed set of values, not shared universally, but come about by a “cult or so called spirituality” of which catholicism, like the islamic taliban, is a prime example.
    Your beliefs are not shared by most people, and attempting to circumvent constitutional safeguards by forming a monopoly on healthcare in smaller communities like they are doing in Washington State is an example of the imposition of those nonsensical mumbo jumbo genuflecting behaviors on the rest of us Americans.

  • mikelemm

    Ramen, brother Nosy, Ramen and Hallelujah..

  • mikelemm

    Ramen, brother Nosy, Ramen and Hallelujah..

  • Madame_DeFarge

    The “Irish girl” has a name — Savita Halappanavar. And she would not have died had Ireland perrmitted her to have a medically necessary abortion. The “medical misadventure” would never have happened had she received prompt treatment.

    Apparently killing a living, breathing woman isn’t murder to pro-lifers. Women aren’t people; we’re just walking, talking uteri.

  • Madame_DeFarge

    The “Irish girl” has a name — Savita Halappanavar. And she would not have died had Ireland perrmitted her to have a medically necessary abortion. The “medical misadventure” would never have happened had she received prompt treatment.

    Apparently killing a living, breathing woman isn’t murder to pro-lifers. Women aren’t people; we’re just walking, talking uteri.

  • pragmaticconservative

    You can choose not to go to a Catholic hospital then. We provide a service to the community out of charity, its hilarious that others take that hospitality as “servitude”. Catholics have a constitutional right to practice their religion as they see fit that trumps any sort of personal liberty or civil rights clause. Choose to the use the services we pay for or not, but don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • pragmaticconservative

    You can choose not to go to a Catholic hospital then. We provide a service to the community out of charity, its hilarious that others take that hospitality as “servitude”. Catholics have a constitutional right to practice their religion as they see fit that trumps any sort of personal liberty or civil rights clause. Choose to the use the services we pay for or not, but don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  • Khartet

    Jim Gaffigan is a great comedian, funny, topical yet he can get laughs without going to the gutter. He’s always great.

  • Khartet

    Jim Gaffigan is a great comedian, funny, topical yet he can get laughs without going to the gutter. He’s always great.

  • Old VA

    I wonder how many people in small communities can go to another hospital where there isn’t one nearby that people, especially poor people can easy get to?

  • Old VA

    I wonder how many people in small communities can go to another hospital where there isn’t one nearby that people, especially poor people can easy get to?

  • mnm619

    So, some nuns should be forced to violate their conscience because they’re the only ones prepared to provide healthcare in some poor communities?

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • mnm619

    So, some nuns should be forced to violate their conscience because they’re the only ones prepared to provide healthcare in some poor communities?

    No good deed goes unpunished.

  • mnm619

    The idea that increasing population leads to disease, famine and war is totally historically clueless. Decreasing population is what has historically led to disease, famine and war.

  • mnm619

    The idea that increasing population leads to disease, famine and war is totally historically clueless. Decreasing population is what has historically led to disease, famine and war.

  • mnm619

    The doctors messed up in the case. Even if the rest of the misreporting about the story was true, abortion wouldn’t have been illegal in Ireland in those circumstances.

  • mnm619

    The doctors messed up in the case. Even if the rest of the misreporting about the story was true, abortion wouldn’t have been illegal in Ireland in those circumstances.

  • mnm619

    How’s development going in Africa’s most Catholic countries? How has condom promotion worked in Africa? It doesn’t look like the Church is the problem.

  • mnm619

    How’s development going in Africa’s most Catholic countries? How has condom promotion worked in Africa? It doesn’t look like the Church is the problem.

  • angelccorr

    Population is on the decrease, and the next generation will suffer greatly for it. For one thing, they will be greatly burdened with taxes to pay for a larger generation ahead of them. There also will not be enough resources due to not enough people or money to take deliver the needs of society. Drive up the middle of California and you will find the farmers have greatly decreased their farms due to the high cost of water. That is less food. When God says no, it is for our good, and not to limit us. Abortion is hurting societies all over the world. The Chinese now have a big problem coming up due to too many boys and a very small percentage of girls. How will they keep their generations going?

  • angelccorr

    Population is on the decrease, and the next generation will suffer greatly for it. For one thing, they will be greatly burdened with taxes to pay for a larger generation ahead of them. There also will not be enough resources due to not enough people or money to take deliver the needs of society. Drive up the middle of California and you will find the farmers have greatly decreased their farms due to the high cost of water. That is less food. When God says no, it is for our good, and not to limit us. Abortion is hurting societies all over the world. The Chinese now have a big problem coming up due to too many boys and a very small percentage of girls. How will they keep their generations going?

  • angelccorr

    Old VA – If you only knew how a lot of the secular medical profession treats their patients, you would beg for a Catholic hospital for all poor people.

  • angelccorr

    Old VA – If you only knew how a lot of the secular medical profession treats their patients, you would beg for a Catholic hospital for all poor people.

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Just plain stupid, Old VA…. ok, and if the Catholics did not operate the hospital in rural where ever because the SECULAR hospital chooses NOT to serve ANYONE in that community… what then?

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Just plain stupid, Old VA…. ok, and if the Catholics did not operate the hospital in rural where ever because the SECULAR hospital chooses NOT to serve ANYONE in that community… what then?

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Catholics believe one death because of “not getting an abortion” is preferred to millions of deaths and a ‘culture of death” spreading around the world. In contrast, ‘liberals” socialists etc., would find that ‘one’case to justify heinous cultural evil. There is so much genius in Catholicism and so much stupidity in those who choose to tear Catholicism down.

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Catholics believe one death because of “not getting an abortion” is preferred to millions of deaths and a ‘culture of death” spreading around the world. In contrast, ‘liberals” socialists etc., would find that ‘one’case to justify heinous cultural evil. There is so much genius in Catholicism and so much stupidity in those who choose to tear Catholicism down.

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Balderdash, you left out diaphragm and contraceptive jell used EACH TIME…. there are a lot of Catholics out here who committed ‘venial sins” to avoid the BIGGEST of mortal sins… perhaps they weren’t ‘perfect” Catholics but they raised 3 or four kids in a long lasting marriage and have no regrets…

  • SchoolBoardLady

    Balderdash, you left out diaphragm and contraceptive jell used EACH TIME…. there are a lot of Catholics out here who committed ‘venial sins” to avoid the BIGGEST of mortal sins… perhaps they weren’t ‘perfect” Catholics but they raised 3 or four kids in a long lasting marriage and have no regrets…

  • SchoolBoardLady

    OH, the point of the article? It’s not that Gaffigan is a comic AND Catholic… it’s that he is evangelizing Catholicism with humor–that is unusual.

  • SchoolBoardLady

    OH, the point of the article? It’s not that Gaffigan is a comic AND Catholic… it’s that he is evangelizing Catholicism with humor–that is unusual.

  • you people

    School Board Lady: the genius is the genius of constantine for blending ancient Roman mythology with hebrew cult beliefs, to form the wholy roman religion. In this religious myth, a god raped a pre pubescent girl while she was sleeping and impregnated the virgin with his son. The son does all sorts of trivial miracles like walking on water and changing water into wine, and raising a putrid dead man to live and stink in his sister’s home. Then he aggravates the local religious so much that they kill the poor guy, and is resurrected, only to disappear for all eternity. Now the church states he died for our sins, whatever that means. if you ever listened to how ridiculous all that nonsense sounds, you would become an athiest right now. The only genius in all this is how thay con you into giving them your money.

  • you people

    School Board Lady: the genius is the genius of constantine for blending ancient Roman mythology with hebrew cult beliefs, to form the wholy roman religion. In this religious myth, a god raped a pre pubescent girl while she was sleeping and impregnated the virgin with his son. The son does all sorts of trivial miracles like walking on water and changing water into wine, and raising a putrid dead man to live and stink in his sister’s home. Then he aggravates the local religious so much that they kill the poor guy, and is resurrected, only to disappear for all eternity. Now the church states he died for our sins, whatever that means. if you ever listened to how ridiculous all that nonsense sounds, you would become an athiest right now. The only genius in all this is how thay con you into giving them your money.

  • jsypal

    All of you people on this comment board who have the audacity to ridicule and insult this man because he tries to live out his Catholic faith, should try actually living a moral life, including being open to life and a large family. It’s not easy. In fact, I think it’s an act of heroism to do it and do it well. Couples who raise large families well have an amazing tone about the family that’s infectious. They are such a source of light in an otherwise selfish and bleak world.

  • jsypal

    All of you people on this comment board who have the audacity to ridicule and insult this man because he tries to live out his Catholic faith, should try actually living a moral life, including being open to life and a large family. It’s not easy. In fact, I think it’s an act of heroism to do it and do it well. Couples who raise large families well have an amazing tone about the family that’s infectious. They are such a source of light in an otherwise selfish and bleak world.

  • Benedict74

    “Diarrhea Pocket…”

  • Benedict74

    “Diarrhea Pocket…”

  • FndaRainbow

    So I’m one of 5 kids, and have 5 of my own…not Catholic however. I fell pregnant with my 1st on the pill, 2nd was a condom baby, 3rd was actually planned, but ended up being twins and 1 slip up. These things happen, and I couldn’t have asked to be any more blessed with these 5! Each has their own life path to lead, and are any of us really in the position to make judgement on another’s life with no knowledge of their individual life story? The positives are that here’s a man who is a comedian that can actually entertain without (as Khartet put it) stooping to gutter levels. And he writes about life experiences that many of us can identify with. His book is one of the featured books in this weekend’s Book Report radio show…take the opportunity to visit their site (bookreportradio(dot)com) where you can stream the show and listen for yourself to get an idea of the positive influence he has on lives. Does it really effect your lives one way or the other whether he is or isn’t evangelizing?

  • FndaRainbow

    So I’m one of 5 kids, and have 5 of my own…not Catholic however. I fell pregnant with my 1st on the pill, 2nd was a condom baby, 3rd was actually planned, but ended up being twins and 1 slip up. These things happen, and I couldn’t have asked to be any more blessed with these 5! Each has their own life path to lead, and are any of us really in the position to make judgement on another’s life with no knowledge of their individual life story? The positives are that here’s a man who is a comedian that can actually entertain without (as Khartet put it) stooping to gutter levels. And he writes about life experiences that many of us can identify with. His book is one of the featured books in this weekend’s Book Report radio show…take the opportunity to visit their site (bookreportradio(dot)com) where you can stream the show and listen for yourself to get an idea of the positive influence he has on lives. Does it really effect your lives one way or the other whether he is or isn’t evangelizing?

  • divi3

    Why are people with many kids so often preachy about it? Good for you, you have a bunch of kids. Other people dont. Get over yourselves and stop with nonsense about child raising as equating to a “moral life.” That is ignorant not to mention offensive. And though your world may be “selfish and bleak” don’t assume everyone else’s life is the same- it’s not.

  • divi3

    Why are people with many kids so often preachy about it? Good for you, you have a bunch of kids. Other people dont. Get over yourselves and stop with nonsense about child raising as equating to a “moral life.” That is ignorant not to mention offensive. And though your world may be “selfish and bleak” don’t assume everyone else’s life is the same- it’s not.