Colbert, a practicing Catholic, on this show with Cardinal Dolan is humorously respectful. I think Cardinal Dolan knew this would be the case and did not fear being on such a show. Overall, this isn't a bad forum for a cardinal to promote Jesus Christ in 2013. But as I watched this with my avant-garde traditionalism, I wondered if this show, as it is would have been shown to a 1950's audience, what the reaction would be. Times have changed and Cardinal Dolan knows it. Perhaps 1950's formalism and dignity has its place and could return one day, but let's face it, we are a shorts and tee shirt generation, wearing flip flops to formal events :
Tied into this, we see where Pope Francis has in six short months, revived the world's interest in the papacy within and beyond Catholicism. Perhaps gold and ermine doesn't speak to the world and Pope Francis knows this? A pope wearing a tiara and carried high on a chair with surfs below him, doesn't speak to the jeans, tee shirt and flip flop crowd.
The mainstream media is listening to this pope and reporting on his involvement and the Church's involvement in the discussion concerning Syria and his call to a peaceful solution and fasting and prayer for this purpose.
A liturgy spoken in a language that no one else speaks, with the priest facing the wall rather than the jeans, tee shirt and flip flop crowd, doesn't cut it today.
And now Pope Francis, realizing that he's not just an obscure cardinal from Argentina anymore, is placing the papacy and the Vatican back on the world stage of respectability as it concerns pursuing world peace.
Maybe at this juncture in salvation history, the Church needs to be more pedestrian and less aloof; with the proletariat rather than above; kind rather than judgmental; merciful rather than condemning; encouraging rather than anathematizing? In other words, the Church needs to be Christ like as the pope does the following three things:
Celebrates the Liturgy as prescribed
calls for obedience to the Pope and bishops in union with him (Magisterium)
promotes Marian devotions and other devotions for the grassroots
warns of the influence of the very real devil
calls the world fast and pray
The Holy Father Francis is reviving the Vatican's role on the world stage of politics too, without being political!