Saints were psychotic and advances in modern medicine have essentially wiped them off the planet. That's "the view" of comedian Joy Behar, as expressed on national television Wednesday.
"I have a theory that you can’t find any saints anymore because of psychotropic medication. I think that [in] the old days, the saints were hearing voices and they didn’t have any Thorazine to calm them down," Behar said on ABC's daily chatfest. "Now that we have all of this medication available to us, you can’t find a saint anymore."
A spokesman for "The View" said Joy was just joking.
"She said very clearly it was just a theory — she has lots of really funny theories that she kind of gives on a daily basis. She’s a Catholic, and she loves to talk about the Catholic Church. It’s one of her favorite subjects."
Others didn't find the joke too funny. Behar's co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck blasted Behar's theory, noting that the late Mother Teresa, who has not yet been given sainthood, is a modern example of a saint.
Behar mentioned the recently revealed letters that suggest Mother Teresa struggled with doubts about her faith, and contended that the Catholic Church’s standards for sainthood have changed due to medical advances.
"That’s why Mother Teresa had issues. Let’s not forget, she didn’t really believe 100 percent like those saints who were hearing voices. She didn’t hear voices," Behar said.
"So the church said ‘OK, she does good deeds. Let’s make her a saint.’ In the old days it used to be you heard voices. You can’t do that anymore."
FOX News contributor Father Jonathan Morris, when asked to comment for FOXNews.com, lambasted Behar's remarks, whether or not they were intended to be funny.
"Suggesting that holiness of life is equivalent to a mental disorder as Ms. Behar did is rather unbalanced to say the least," Morris said.
"Nobody is beatified or canonized because they hear voices. People are declared saints because they have first of all exemplified a heroic living of Christian virtue."
As for Behar's characterization of Mother Teresa, Morris said the talk-show host would do well to study the humanitarian's life.
"Clearly she is no church historian. Saying 'she didn't believe 100 percent' is a simplistic and superficial reading of the news," said Morris. "Why would you spend 60 years in a slum in the name of Jesus out of love for God if you don’t believe in Jesus or God 100 percent?"