Comedian Bill Maher slammed the Catholic Church during the “New Rules” segment on the latest episode of “Real Time.” Among his complaints, Maher, who was raised Catholic, says he’s tired of the media fawning over everything newly elected Pope Francis does.
“I have just about had it with the press squealing in delight at every mundane thing the new pope does. ‘Oh, look, he walked across the street! He picked the name Francis! He shook hands!’ Oh, fuck, he’s a 76-year-old executive who got a promotion; they act like he’s a baby who just made a boom-boom,” the comedian said on his show Friday night.
Turning his attention toward the religion as a whole, Maher compared the church to his HBO program. Citing several examples of Catholic doctrine not found in the Bible, Maher claimed that the rules were being made up as the religion went along.
“The Catholic Church has basically always done what we do here at ‘Real Time.’ It’s a bunch of guys sitting around making up new rules.”
He concluded, “I tell you, religion, it’s like Wikipedia. Anyone can write something in.”