David Letterman Cracks Pedophilia Joke at Expense of Next Pope

When listing the qualifications for a papal successor, comedian David Letterman used the Catholic church's clerical abuse scandal as a parting blast at Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday night's Late Show.

Letterman quipped that the church is "looking for a guy who is good at transferring creepy priests." Earlier, he took another shot at Pope Benedict: "I guess you know by now, big news coming out of the Vatican. Pope Benedict was fired."

Letterman's tasteless mockery of the Pope comes as no surprise given that he savaged Sarah Palin and her daughter back in 2009, joking that her 14 year-old was "knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" at a Yankees game.

A transcript of the segment, which aired on the Late Show With David Letterman on February 13 at 11:37 p.m. EST, is as follows:

DAVID LETTERMAN: I guess you know by now, big news coming out of the Vatican. Pope Benedict was fired.

(Laughter)

LETTERMAN: And they're looking busy looking for replacements. And the smart money is on Tim Tebow. What?! Really? No, no, not Tim Tebow at all.

(Applause)

LETTERMAN: Here's what they're looking for now to replace Pope Benedict. They're looking for a guy who's got to be at least 60 years old. You want a mature man, got to be at least 60 years old. Biblical scholar, hoping for a biblical scholar, and looking for a guy who is good at transferring creepy priests.

(Applause)

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014