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Fr. James Martin, SJ on The Colbert Report

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James J. Martin, SJ, born 29 December 1960, is a Jesuit priest, writer and Culture Editor of the Jesuit magazine America.
Martin grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States, and attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982 and worked in corporate finance at General Electric for six years. Dissatisfied with the corporate world, he became more deeply involved in the Catholic Church and decided to enter the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits) in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1999. In addition to his work at America Magazine, Fr. Martin has written or edited more than 10 books, many of which are largely about his own experiences. He is a frequent commentator for CNN, NPR, FoxNews, Time Magazine, and other news outlets, and has written several op-ed pieces and blogged for The New York Times.
On September 13, 2007, Father Martin appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report to discuss Mother Teresa’s fifty-year long sense of abandonment by God which had much coverage in the media at the time. During the interview, Stephen Colbert jokingly asked Father Martin if Mother Teresa’s “crisis of faith” had earned her, in his words, “a table for one…by the Lake of Fire.” Since then, Father Martin has appeared five more times on The Colbert Report, once to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the U.S. in April, 2008, and again on February 23, 2009 to discuss how poverty (or, at least, reducing the importance one places on material goods) can bring one closer to God.

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