Like everything Stephen Colbert does on television, it’s set up as a joke.

A nun and a television host walk into a studio. They discuss the recent papal censure of American nuns for “perpetrating a feminist agenda.” The host takes a hard line.

“The pope has said, ‘Knock it off with the social liberalism,'” he says. “You’re not socially conservative enough, at least admit that.”

“What I’ll admit is that we’re faithful to the Gospel,” says the nun. “We work every day to live as Jesus did, in relationship to people at the margins of our society. That’s all we do.”

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