South Park

Season 6 Episode 9

Red Hot Catholic Love

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 03, 2002 on Comedy Central
9.1
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When the Catholic Church scandal negatively impacts church attendance in South Park, Priest Maxi travels to Rome to confront religious leaders about a solution. After intensive counseling about the issue, the boys try to understand why anyone would want to put something up their butts.

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  • Some Catholic priests are sinful, and the South Park adults become rabid atheists. Father Maxi journeys to the Vatican to preach that abstruse rules and contradictions have obscured the Bible's real message: "love thy neighbor and be a good person."moreless

    9.0
    Now this is a great episode of South Park. It's no surprise that Matt and Trey chose to include it in The Hits, a collection of their favorite episodes. Not only is it hilarious throughout, but it offers a unique and important message to people all over the world.



    Matt and Trey portray atheists as smug to believe they've got the world figured out in a way no one who came before them--that is to say the vast majority of the human race--ever did. They literally spout crap from their mouths as they advocate the dismantling of a religious system that is, admittedly, a little outdated.



    Father Maxi, here a figure of respect and integrity, delivers the closing message to religious people: the true message of many religions is "love thy neighbor and be a good person," but that point is obscured by mythologies, rules, and fundamentalist interpretations that lead to contradictions. If people understand that stories are just stories, the basic, unifying philosophy of religion will be easier to follow.



    Many South Park messages boil down to, "Don't be such a douchebag," and sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. This is one of the times when it does. This episode is hilarious and insightful.moreless
  • This was 3 feet long and filled with razor sharp teeth!

    9.5
    Back to what made South Park famous, just being udderly ridiculous and crazy, and this episode dealing with the Man Boy Love of Catholic Preists. I loved the stuff about the "Catholic Boat", "Gelglamecs", "Pitfall" and the Giant Spider. The entire episode was silly SOuth Park humor and I liked it.
  • "Red Hot Catholic Love" is so good, it makes even some Catholics like me laugh out loud. Yet, despite its being offensive to many Catholics, it contains a very important message in the end.moreless

    9.5
    The story is simple: Father Maxi announces a Young Men's Catholic Retreat for the weekend, like a boat trip. However, all the parents think that Maxi is doing this in order to have sex with their children; even with their counselor to inform the children, the parents think that God invites the priests to sexually molest the children, so the parents become atheists. Meanwhile, after the counseling, Stan, Cartman and Tweek, and later Kyle, wonder why anyone would want to put anything up their butts. Cartman has a solution: if people eat food, they poop out of their butts, so he has to let the butts do the eating and the mouths do the pooping. So after Cartman succeeds (and wins the bet), all the atheists decide to let their mouths do the pooping.



    Meanwhile, Father Maxi tries counseling the congregation to stop the child molestation, but from South Park to the Vatican, the congregation wants to continue being pedophile priests and having sex with children, since they say that the Holy Document of Vatican Law prohibits priests, bishops and cardinals from marrying women (which only deacons do). However, there is more to the Holy Document of Vatican Law than just the molestation laws, especially with the Gelgamek congregation and their Queen Spider around. Can Father Maxi find the Holy Document of Vatican Law and change it in order to save the world from losing faith in God to pedophilia?



    "Red Hot Catholic Love" rocks for me! This is such a good episode that deals with, as well as makes fun of, the Roman Catholic sex abuse cases that happened a long time ago and continue to this day, even though the number of pedophile priests is very few. I just read that most Catholics tried to have the episode banned for making fun of Catholicism but lost. Of course, I'm a Catholic, but I don't seem to find the episode very offensive at all. Yes, some "pooping out of the mouth" scenes are a little offensive, but I still like it!



    I love the part when Stan's father Randy dreams of the "Catholic Boat" scenes (a parody of the classic "Love Boat"), with pedophile priests, and Stan, Butters and Tweek as traumatized boys. The scene with Maxi counseling with the priests who want to continue being pedophiles is sure funny (sure, they molest children, but in the real world they also molest teenagers under the age of consent, though I wonder if priests can have babies if they have sex with young teenage girls). Oh, I also love the atheists' meeting discussing how to get rid of God from the Pledge of Allegience and money; the scene that parodies the Martha Stewart incident with Enron; the monk from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; and especially Maxi as Pitfall Harry (I laughed out loud sooo much; hey, that scene also reminds me of playing "Pitfall!" from Atari when I was a kid). Oh, and Father Maxi discussing that anyone other than a deacon should marry women can be fornication, but I still laughed out loud.



    I remembered at the end, when Father Maxi discusses the important message of what being a Catholic is all about: not only about Jesus, but about the Bible that helps to guide people in the right direction and keep their faith, and about not abusing it (and having Gelgameks and their Queen Spider control the molestation laws). That moral is so good, it should teach Jack Chick not to abuse the Bible and treat us Catholics and all other religions as evil and scare us into believing what he believes. (I even mentioned that moral to one deacon yesterday at church, and he is glad that I'm one smart Catholic!) Anyway, to quote Father Maxi, I'm a Catholic in today's real world, and I'm very proud to be one.



    "Red Hot Catholic Love" has one very important lesson for you, no matter what religion you are. I like it so much because of all the clever plots that the creators thought up. I give it a 10 for the congregation scenes, and a 7.5 for everything else, especially the mouth-pooping scenes. Overall: a 9.5 out of 10! Whew!moreless
  • Yes, finally, a GOOD episode of the sixth season, which has many trashy episodes! Extremely worthwhile to watch but might seem a bit tasteless/offensive to some viewers.

    7.8
    This episode basically taunts the Catholic priest/child molestation scandal that happened back in 2002. It shows that the Holy Document of the Vatican makes the preists have sex with boys as a way of life, as marraige is forbidden. Actually, in the real world, it's not true, but in the fictional world of "South Park", yes. Amongst all the trashy episodes of season six - the worst south park sesason ever - this is a good one! I'm athiest, so I have the right to proudly declare that I was laughing my head off throughout the episode, despite the fact that it had to suffer some major censorship from the syndication company. However, I'd like to warn good Catholics out there not to watch this episode at all, or watch it and not take it seriously. So don't say I didn't tell you.moreless
  • Vile, disgusting, and so wrong. Not to mention that it was another hilarious episode.

    9.6
    The creators of the show aren't afraid to push the limits of maturity in entertainment.

    The religion of Christianity is crumbling due to the accusings of priests falling in love with boys and then causing many Christians to become Aethiests, very funny.

    Cartman invents a new way to eat, sick and... funny.

    Both plots of this episode were very good.

    I like the Pitfall game scene with Father Maxi a lot. (Oh my God! A rattlesnake!)

    Plus, it had a pretty good moral like all the other episodes they had in the end.

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Trey Parker

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Matt Stone

Matt Stone

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Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

Voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy

Eliza Schneider

Eliza Schneider

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Mona Marshall

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Surgeon General: And the immediate research shows that the act is not only amusing, but in fact much healthier for our bodies than the old way of eating. You see, food entering the anus has the benefit of being broken down on its way to the stomach rather than afterward. And therefore I believe that interectogestion would actually put a stop to high cholesterol and most kinds of stomach cancers. And I base that on absolutely nothing.

    • Stuart McCormick: Now come on everybody, just because a few priests of the country have been corrupted doesn't mean that all priests are child molesters.
      Mr. Tweek: Well sure that easy for you to say, your son's dead. But those of us with alive children need to make sure that Father Maxi is on the up and up.

    • Randy: Oh boy, now that we're Atheists, we don't have to pray for our food!

    • Cartman: Kyle, can you help me? I need advice.
      Kyle: What?
      Cartman: I just…I just can't decide what to buy with your $20!

    • Priest: Having sex with boys is part of Catholic priests' way of life.

    • Father Maxi: We are here to bring the Light of God, not harm the innocent!
      (A pause, and then all of the other priests burst into laughter)

    • Father Maxi: The problem is that children are being molested, not that they're reporting it.
      Priest: How do you mean?

    • Priest 1: We've got to stop these boys from going to the public!
      Priest 2: Yes, they've got to learn to keep their mouths shut!
      Father Maxi: Right and so…Wait a minute, what?
      Priest 3: Yes, but we need to find out why these children are suddenly finding it necessary to report that they're being molested.

    • Stephen: Yeah! Let's kill God! YEAH!
      Randy: Well... Well let's just be atheists.
      Stephen: Same thing.

    • Counselor: Did Father Maxi at any time ever try to put something in your butt?

    • (Cartman craps out his mouth)
      Kyle: Get the f**k outta here.

    • Kyle: Cartman, that's the dumbest thing you've ever said! ... This week.

    • Gelgamic Catholic: The Gelgamic vagina is three feet wide and filled with razor sharp teeth. Do you really expect us to have sex with that?
      Maxi: Maybe we should just forget about the Gelgamics for a little...
      Gelgamic Catholic (Outraged): Forget about the Gelgamics??!!!
      Other Gelgamics: (Incomprehenisble alien babbling)

    • Cartman: Yeess! Yeess, Kyle's money! Mmmm, Kyle's money!
      Kyle: Go f*ck yourself Cartman!
      Cartman: Ohh it feels so good on my skin. Mmmm.

    • Stan: Cartman took his lunch and shoved it up his ass and crapped out of his mouth.
      Sharon: STANLEY!!!

    • Kyle (To Cartman): So you got people to crap out of their mouths! What do you want, a freakin' medal?!
      News Anchor (On TV): The Mayor of South Park has announced that for first discovering this healthy way of eating, young citizen Eric Cartman will be given... A freaking medal.
      Kyle: AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!

    • FBI Agents: Martha Stewart, we must talk to you.
      Martha Stewart: Not now. I just wanna focus on my turkey.
      (Continues with her show)

    • Chef: Hello there children.
      Stan: Chef! What would a priest want to stick up my butt?
      Chef: Goodbye.

    • Queen Spider: The Vatican rules can not be changed. So sayeth the spider.

    • Mr. Tweek: (Crapping out of his mouth.) What was that last part?

    • Father Maxi: Hmm… There's a ladder up here. (climbs down ladder) Oh my god! A rattlesnake! (turns and runs) A way back up. (climbs up ladder)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode may represent the closest thing to pro-Christian statements that the series has made to date.

      Randy: He's right Sharon, we don't have to believe every word in the Bible, they're just stories to help us live by. We shouldn't toss away the lessons of the Bible just because some [expletive, plural] in Italy really screwed it up.

    • In the syndicated version on this episode, the scenes where characters crap out of their mouths is replaced with a black screen and the words "This shot in which [character name] craps from his mouth has been edited out for your protection."

    • This episode caused quite a stir with the Catholics and it took over a year and a half to get it aired on Australian television.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Doctor Who:

      The great Queen Spider is a reference to the 1974 Doctor Who serial "Planet of the Spiders."

    • Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

      The scene with the old man in the catacombs asking Father Maxi, "What is your quest?" is a parody of the bridgekeeper scene in the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    • Star Wars Episode One:

      The scene that contains the conventions of all the priests and cardinals has a parody of The Phantom Menace when the Gelgamik Catholics take the floor. It's making fun of the scene in the Senate from the movie with the different types of aliens.

    • Pledge Of Allegiance:

      Removing God from "Pledge of Allegiance" is based upon an incident that occurred in 1991, where an Atheist wanted to ban all mention of God from the pledge because his daughter was in a school that said the POA every day. She also happened to be the only Atheist in the school.

    • Pitfall:

      As Father Maxi goes to fetch the "holy document," he goes from screen to screen, jumping on alligators and swinging over holes just like Pitfall Harry in Activision's game "Pitfall" for the old Atari 2600 game platform.

    • The Love Boat:

      The whole Catholic Boat sequence is a parody of the opening credits to the television series The Love Boat.

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