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Foley's comedic rise to fame includes "Kids In The Hall", NBC's NewsRadio and a lead voice in many major animated features.

He appeared on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect on October 10th, 2000.

The discussion turned to the subject of a book on Catholicism written by one of the panelists, Therese Borchard.

Therese: I think if you believe in the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, you're Catholic. But abortion -- some of these peoples' teachings are -- they're not part of the core Catholicism.

Dave: But isn't the essential pillar of Catholicism papal infallibility?

Bill: Yeah.

Therese: I wouldn't say that that's the core. No, I think belief in the father, and the son and the holy spirit, the trinity, the communion of saints --

Dave: But is papal infallibility a belief of the Catholic church?

Therese: Yes, it is.

Dave: Do you believe in papal infallibility?

Therese: I believe that the pope speaks with an authority of God. Yeah.

Dave: Well, then how can the church ever change its mind about anything unless God gets confused one day?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Therese: I believe -- I believe he sets -- I believe he sets an ideal that we are supposed to strive to, but I don't think that -- I think that if we fall short of that --

Dave: If the pope is infallible, then God must be like Hank Kimball -- you know, he must be so hard to make out where he's going with anything.

Therese: I would rather have -- I would rather have a pope that had a firm belief --

Bill: What was he on?

Dave: Just, you know, "Green Acres."

Bill: "Green Acres."

[ Laughter ]

The conversation continued with another challenge to Borchard, this time from songwriter/recording artist Mark Wills:

Mark: If you have a set set of rules and you don't follow them, then are you straying from your religion?

Therese: Well, we're Americans, but we don't -- we have disagreements.

Mark: That's like saying a Big Mac's not a Big Mac without the secret sauce.

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Therese: I think all religions -- people strive to the majority. People have -- but they don't believe everything.

[ Talking at once ]

Dave: Not all religions claim the direct authority of God speaking to their leader. You know, I'm an atheist, but I'm a Puritan atheist. And --

[ Light laughter ]

Bill: See, I'm not an atheist. I believe in God, I just don't think God would want this enormous silly bureaucracy between him and me.

[ Cheers and applause ]