Religious Groups in Literature

34,420 citations from literature (mostly science fiction and fantasy) referring to real churches, religious groups, tribes, etc. [This database is for literary research only. It is not intended as a source of information about religion.]


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Group Where Year Source Quote/
Catholic Europe 1476 C.E. Gentle, Mary. Lost Burgundy. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 26. Pg. 26: "She stopped briefly with bowed head in the rain as one of the Burgundian priests led prayers for the feast of St. Gregory. "; Pg. 118-120: Pope Leo III [Many other refs., not in DB. Much of novel takes place in 15th Century Europe, so there is likely much Catholic influence.]
Catholic Europe 1600 Piercy, Marge. He, She and It. New York: Alfred A. Knopf (1991); pg. 241. "'...He [Kepler] says contemplating the heavens makes it easier to put into perspective all the quarrels between Catholics and Protestants...' "
Catholic Europe 1642 Kress, Nancy. "And Wild for to Hold " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 1991); pg. 283. "'...Mistress Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII of England. In order to marry her, he divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and in order to do that, he took all of England out of the Catholic Church...'...

'Protestantism was another branch of 'Christianity,' the director said... 'It was warlike, as was Catholicism. In 1642 various branches of Protestantism were contending for political power within England, as was a Catholic faction. King Charles was Catholic, in fact. Contention led to civil war...' "

Catholic Europe 1720 Keyes, J. Gregory. Newton's Cannon. New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 205. "'Yes, but the issue is really one of religion, true? James is a Catholic, otherwise everyone would acknowledge him as king.'

'Yes, of course,' Robert affirmed. 'And George is a Protestant.'

'It seems so silly--all this fighting and killing over religion.'

'What they fight and kill over is power, Ben. Religion's just the clothes they dress it in whilst they do it. If they were all atheists, there's still be a war. That's the real way of the world.' "

Catholic Europe 1789 Asimov, Isaac. "The Evitable Conflict " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1950); pg. 449. [Discussion circa 2035.] "'Consider relatively modern times... series of dynastic wars in the 16th to 18th centuries, when the most important question in Europe was whether the houses of Hapsburg or Valois-Bourbon were to rule the continent. It was one of those 'inevitable conflicts,' since Europe could obviously not exist half one and half the other.

'Except that it did, and no war ever wiped out the one and established the other, until... new social atmosphere in France in 1789 tumbled first the Bourbons and, eventually, the Hapsburgs down...

'And in those same centuries there were the more barbarous religious wars, which revolved around the important question of whether Europe was to be Catholic or Protestant. Half and half she could not be. It was 'inevitable' and the sword decide --Except that it didn't. In England, a new industrialism was growing, and on the continent, a new nationalism. Half and half Europe remains to this day and no one cares much.' "

Catholic Europe 1815 Fawcett, Bill. "The Last Crusader " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 147. Pg. 147: "...the man who had done more than any other in Europe to defend Christianity and Divine Rule. Even the Orthodox Christian Russians were obviously anxious to learn more though the man they were hearing about was not only a papist, but likely to be the next pope... 'When the Holy Father heard of the withdrawal of so much of the Revolutionary army,' Berthier warmed to his story, 'he had suspected Toulon was its target...' "; Pg. 148: "To head this delegation, perhaps mostly to remove him from Vatican politics, the pope had chosen Monsignor Buonaparte, promoting him to bishop of Toulon... The priest was, of course, Napoleon Buonaparte, though then he still used the Corsican form of his name, Bonaparte. "; Pg. 149: "By grace of His power it was commanded, not by an Englishman, but by a devout Catholic from Ireland. " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Catholic Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 91. "If we are wrecked, mayhap this bottle may be found, and those who find it may understand; if not . . . well, then all men shall know that I have been true to my trust. God and the Blessed Virgin and the saints help a poor ignorant soul trying to do his duty . . . "
Catholic Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 96. "For a moment or two I could see nothing, as the shadow of a cloud obscured St. Mary's Church and all around it. Then as the cloud passed, I could see the ruins of the abbey coming into view; and as the edge of a narrow band of light as sharp as a sword-cut moved along, the church and the churchyard became gradually visible... " [More about this church, e.g., pg. 100, 274.]
Catholic Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 110. "Sister Agatha, who is a good creature and a born nurse, tells me that he raved of dreadful things whilst he was off his head. I wanted her to tell me what they were; but she would only cross herself, and say she would never tell; that the ravings of the sick were the secrets of God, and that if a nurse through her vocation should hear them, she should respect her trust. She is a sweet, good soul, and the next day, when she saw I was troubled, she opened up the subject again, and after saying that she could never mention what my poor dear raved about, added: 'I can tell you this much, my dear: that it was not about anything which he has done wrong himself; and you, as his wife to be, have no cause to be concerned...' " [More about Sister Agatha. Other Catholic refs., not in DB.]
Catholic Europe 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 298. "But by this time the Professor had gained his feet, and was holding towards him the envelope which contained the Sacred Wafer. The Count suddenly stopped, just as poor Lucy had done outside the tomb, and cowered back. Further and further back he cowered, as we, lifting our crucifixes, advanced. " [More. The Catholic objects are able to ward off Count Dracula.]
Catholic Europe 1943 Bear, Greg. The Serpent Mage. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1986); pg. 236. "...concentration camps constructed by Germans in Europe before and during the Second World War. 'The Maln showed you these things?' Michael asked, incredulous.

'Yes. Jews. Gypsies. Catholics...' "

Catholic Europe 1946 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 163. "...we ate in a small restaurant near St. Stephen's Cathedral. "
Catholic Europe 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 164. "History had happened a little differently. Rome and the Roman Church still dominated Europe; America had won its independence and had become a refuge for Europe's oppressed Protestants. "
Catholic Europe 1990 Byatt, A.S. Possession. New York: Random House (1991; c. 1990); pg. 365. "I know she would prefer the latter. So I shall lock away this volume--anyway during its earliest life--and write in it only what is meant for my eyes alone, and those of the supreme Being (my father's deity, when he does not seem to believe in much older ones, Lug, Dagda, Taranis. Christabel has a strong but peculiarly English devotion to Jesus, which I do not wholly understand, nor is it clear to me what her allegiances are, Catholic or Protestant). " [Also pg. 398.]
Catholic Europe 2020 Watson, Ian. The Flies of Memory. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (1990); pg. 43. "'Do you have many spies in the Vatican, Colonel? In the past have you ever groomed a young communist to act Catholic, become a priest, and rise?'

'Now there's an idea, a red pope! We'd have had to start planning it back in the days of Lenin practically. Howe many pretend-priests would we have needed to be on the safe side? Enough to prop up the whole East Europan church!' "

Catholic Europe 2050 Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age. New York: Bantam (1995); pg. 434. "She found a windowless room with mediatronic walls that bore a bewildering collage of images: flowers, details of European cathedrals and Shinto temples, Chinese landscape art, magnified images of insects and pollen grains, many-armed Indian goddesses... abstract patterns from the Islamic world... "
Catholic Europe 2096 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 137. "They spent the afternoon in the center of Praha. In Mala Strana. In the Old Town, Stare Mesto. Cobbled squares. Cathedrals. Spires and ancient brick and footworn stone. Gilded steeples... "
Catholic Europe 2096 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 202. "'...Over the years the quarter has become infested with mystics.'


'Yes, Catholic extremists of all sorts, but also many Submissionaries... "

Catholic Europe 6000 Vance, Jack. "The Last Castle " in The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two. (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971; story copyright 1966); pg. 497. "Two years before a stray band of Nomads had ventured into Lucerne Valley, slaughtering Peasants... finally overtaking them near Drene River, by the ruins of the Worster Cathedral. "; Date estimation, pg. 504: "After the Six-Star War, Earth had lain fallow for three thousand years, unpopulated save for a handful of anguished wretches who somehow had survived the cataclysm and who had become semi-barbaric Nomads. Then seven hundred years ago certain rich lords of Altair, motivated to some extent by political disaffection, but no less by caprice, had decided to return to Earth. "
Catholic Falkland Islands 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 151. "We slid toward the church side of the square, near several ancient-looking nuns--whom I thought out of place, given that the church was Protestant, by the cornerstone, the First Presbyterian Church of West Falkland. "
Catholic Florida 1981 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 251. Pg. 251: "Was his daughter--a good Catholic girl rechristened Jacqueline after the slain president's widow--was Jacqueline going to marry a bruised toe of a man instead of a Robert Redford clone with a bankbook as thick as the Gutenberg Bible? Perhaps... "; Pg. 255: "Jackie's readines to fornicate inside a metal globe one hundred feet above terra firma was probably far less miraculous than her willingness to fornicate at all. A Vietnamese by birth, a dutiful daughter, and 'a good Catholic girl,' she ought to have been as chaste as a nun, but Florida had transformed her without really negating these attributes and now she considered herself an enlightened woman of the world. "
Catholic Florida 1981 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 257. "'I asked you to marry me. You didn't even think about it.'

'I've thought about it many times. I just didn't think you would ever ask me--Joshua, I've got other things to do.'

'Like what?'

'Have you ever heard of Mother Teresa of Calcutta? She's a role model not many people have tried to follow. I think a lot about trying to do work comparable to hers.'

Joshua yipped like a chihuahua.

'I'm not kidding. It sounds ridiculous to you because you can't imagine me undertaking a spiritual mission. A mission of mercy. That's your problem.' " [This discussion continues some, without explicit reference to Catholicism, the church this girl belongs to.]

Catholic Florin 1973 Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1973); pg. 275. "And so here the point is, if Max and Valerie sound Jewish, why shouldn't they? You think a guy named Simon Morgenstern was Irish Catholic? "
Catholic France 1200 C.E. Anthony, Piers. For Love of Evil. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1988); pg. 35. "'...But consider the welfare of the Church, if the people should choose to bypass it. If they no longer tithed. No longer attended services or honored the sacraments. No longer heeded the word of the Pope.'

'Why, it would destroy the Church!' she exclaimed.

'Therefore the very notion is heretical...' " [Book has many references to Catholicism, most not in DB.]

Catholic France 1600 Nye, Jody Lynn. "Queen of the Amazons " in Alternate Generals (Harry Turtledove, ed.) New York: Baen (1998); pg. 99. Pg. 99: "...of our dear Pope Eugenius, but Louis, one thing at a time... "; Pg. 100: "It was the proper action of any Christian to defend the seat of the faith, as the Holy Father had asked. He must save Jerusalem itself to save this soul. " [Many Catholic refs. throughout story.]
Catholic France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 38. "'...Before my ship sailed, I wrote to Mother Superior, I wrote to the priest, I wrote to the governor...' " [There are references to Catholicism throughou this book, which is set in France in 1693. One of the main characters is a Jesuit priest. Only a few refs. are in DB.]
Catholic France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 57. Pg. 57: "Beyond everything else, her error had caused her to miss going to Mass with His Majesty and his court in the chateau's small chapel. She whispered a prayer, and promised God that she would go to evening Mass, even though no one else would attend. ";

Pg. 75: "Marie-Josephe was so grateful to Lotte. Mademoiselle's gift allowed her to attend the Pope's arrival in a proper dress.

Marie-Josephe wondered if she would be allowed to meet the Holy Father, to kiss his ring. Surely she would not; that privilege must be reserved for important members of court. She would see him, which she had never hoped to do, for his visit to France was extraordinary.

He is such a good man, she thought. A good man, a holy man. When His Holiness and His Majesty are reconciled, they'll stop the evils of the world. "

Catholic France 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 87. "Noise struck her as the voices of thousands of people rose, rejoicing in the reconciliation between Louis and the Church of Rome. The courtyard, set between the wings of the chateau, concentrated and focused the cheers, as if the busts of philosophers and heroes were shouting their acclaim, as if Mars and Hercules on their pediment cried out to celebrate Christianity's ascendance.

Magnificent in their bright uniforms, a troop of Swiss Guards dismounted at the Gate of Honor and marched between the trees. His Holiness' coach followed... " [Pope Innocent and the King of France meet. The Pope is one of the main characters in the novel.]

Catholic France 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 44. -
Catholic France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "The power of the Church was destroyed. The monarchy itself teetered on the edge of an abyss... France was at war. "; Pg. 3: "There were no formalities to be observed except the civil ones. There were no priests to turn to in Paris. Religion was outlawed; it belonged to the greed, the oppression and superstition of the past. This was an age of reason. but she would have liked the comfort of ritual now, even if it was foolish and meant nothing. There must be a better way to say goodbye to someone you loved, who was part of your body and your heart, than simply a cold acknowledgement by some citizen official. " [Story takes place in Paris during the French Revolution.]
Catholic France 1792 Perry, Anne. A Dish Taken Cold. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (2001; c. 2000); pg. 38. "'...We have outlawed the Church and done away with God, or the hope of divine justice. When we have got rid of the king, and the aristocracy as well, what is there left to fear, or to respect...' "
Catholic France 1885 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 157. "...had centered around the seminary and cathedral of St. Sulpice in the St. Germaine district of Paris... but it appeared to have been started by a village priest from a parish in the rural Languedoc Valley south of Carcassonne. The priest, Berenger Sauniere, had in 1885 uncovered some documents hidden in the foundation stones of his church, which stood on the site of an ancient Visigoth winery dating back at least to the sixth century, and of a Roman mysteries-temple before that... "
Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 13. "And what's against him [a Jew], anyway, more than an idol-worshipping papist [Catholic], I mean? And this army's full of papists. Jews, papists, they're all of them the same--all walking that long road to Hell. And so what? "
Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 36. Pg. 36: "As part of their ordination, Catholic priests' nuts should be surgically removed. 'They took an oath, eh? So what's the use to them? Maybe that'll keep their hands out of kids' pants.'

'Huh. Seems you know all about this, LeBlanc. You were raised up Catholic?' ";

Pg. 37: "'That reminds me! So . . . so . . . Oh, yes, I have it now. A priest goes into confession with a parrot on his shoulder, and the penitent says . . .'

Loud cries of 'Heard it!'... "

Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 41-42. "I took a walk today past the hospital... The company priest, O'Shaughnessy, was with them. He was sitting on a cot, holding a man's hand. Not talking. Not preaching. Just touching. It was nice, in a way. When he got up, he saw me standing there.

His voice was quiet, not like Pastor Lon's who seems to be always working on his Sunday delivery. 'Do you have need of my, my son?'

'Not a Catholic, sir.'

'Well, I'll be here for more than Catholics now, won't I. You're the Yank, I take it.'

'Yes, sir.'

...O'Shaughnessy had shucked his uniform for a long black papist dress and purple silk scarf. He was wearing a comfortable smile. 'Calling me 'sir' makes me feel more the officer. I'd prefer 'Father.' '

'Can't call you that,' I told him. 'You got another choice?'

'Thomas, then, if you've a mind. Some Protestants have a problem with the 'Father,' and calling me by my first name is no offense, to be sure. What faith are you?' "

Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 46. "Riddell tsked and shook his head. 'And you a good Catholic lad, too. Sister a nun and all. Well, me mum raised me Church of England, didn't she. But I've noticed it's not our C. of E. chaplain what goes out to comfort the wounded with the bullets whizzing and the shells flying. It's that papist. and for all his idol-worshipping and Mary silliness, well, in the end it's 'im what has the pluck...' "
Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 60. "'I wish you to counsel with Father O'Shaughnessy.'

I blinked away the last of the wet and turned, my bookie fast in my hand. 'I'm not a papist, sir.'

'Neither am I, but I'm not thoroughly convinced that O'Shaughnessy is quite the good little Catholic, either.'

...I'm to meet with O'Shaughnessy day after tomorrow. Confession is sacred, Miller assures me; but what does he want me to say? Should I confess how I lie in my cot and think about him? Not the way you're thinking... but just wondering what he's doing, if he's reading... " [Other refs. to Catholic by name: pg. 140-141, 183.]

Catholic France 1916 Anthony, Patricia. Flanders. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 187. "Remember going to the fair and seeing the gypsy? How she stayed in the trailer, and there was a line of folks waiting. Then you went in one by one and she shut the door, remember? Just you and her and your secrets. And there was that candle on the table and all. Well, confession was just like that.

When Marrs lifted the blanket and came out, crossing himself, I went into the dugout. O'Shaughnessy saw me and smiled a satisfied kind of smile. 'Ah! Turning Catholic now, are you Travis?'

'Thought we might pretend.' "

Catholic France 1916 Simmons, Dan. "The Great Lover " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 219. "...through which I can see the Golden Virgin are the words 'PER ME SI VA NE LA CITTA DOLENTE, PER ME SI VA NE L'ETTERNO DOLORE, PER ME SI VA TRA LA PERDUTA GENTE.' Sister Paul Marie tells me that the nuns leave it there because the officer who scribbled it told them that it was a poem attesting to the gentleness of care at this place. Obviously none of the nuns known neither Italian nor their Dante.

...The guns are very loud. I can see the Virgin and Child backlighted by the gunflashes as light from the incessant bombardment... " [Some other Catholic refs., not in DB.]

Catholic France 1918 Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 17. "'I look a proper Hun, what? Can't you just see me biting out the throat of a Belgian nun?' "
Catholic France 1918 Newman, Kim. The Bloody Red Baron. New York: Carroll & Graf (1995); pg. 58. "A black-robed man vaulted a low fence and rushed at her. A wild-eyed, white-haired priest had been crouching out of sight. She recognised him but had no time to summon a name from memory. Berating her in bad Latin and gutter French, the priest sloshed liquid in her face. Her glasses spattered with blurry blobs.

The priest waved with his flask. Another splash struck her forehead and dribbled down. She tasted plain water. No, not plain water, she realised. Holy water.

She laughed in surprise. Some Catholic vampires were sensitive to such things, but she was an Anglican of long standing. Her family were Prod to the marrow; when told Kate had turned, her father commented, 'At least the fool girl hasn't embraced the foul antichrist of Rome.'

The priest stood back smugly, prepared to enjoy the dissolution of a corrupt creature of hell. He pressed a large, crudely detailed crucifix to his breast and held up a fistful of Communion wafers. " [More here and elsewhere.]

Catholic France 1919 Simmons, Dan. "The Great Lover " in Lovedeath. New York: Warner Books (1993); pg. 301. "When Rooke decided to join the Roman Catholic Church in 1919, his family and friends reacted with shock. When he actually became a priest in 1921, family and friends essentially disowned him. Only his younger sister, Eleanor, continued to correspond with him during the years that followed. While Rooke's Trench Poems took on a fame and life of their own, the man himself retreated from the literary scene. Few of the poets of the 1930s and 40s who patterned their verse after his knew that the poet himself was still alive, although in relative seclusion, in various monasteries in France. "
Catholic France 1942 Lee, Stan & Stan Timmons. The Alien Factor. New York: ibooks, inc. (2002; c. 2001); pg. 2. Pg. 2: "I am to be anointed, Marcel thought again. The light faded. He thought at first he was fainting, but he felt the cold floor, the jab of one of his sabots in his side. Had he heard the voice of God? Had the angels told him what he was to do? Did it come like this for St. Joan [of Arc], a flash of unnatural light, an unholy sound, and then silence... He had broken his arm, when he was thrown from the bed. Was this God's will? "; Pg. 182: "You are a Catholic, thought Borck. That could be a weapon against you. He grinned. " [Many other refs., not in DB. At least one major character is a devout Catholic.]
Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 21. "'What's wrong,' he burst out finally, 'is that you shouldn't have called me a Catholic swine!'...

'What?' I cried with a brazen show of surprise. 'But that was part of the game! In the game I have to be the Protestant; you can't expect me to start saying nice thiings about the Catholic who's going to murder me.'

'The game doesn't excuse everything,' Meyssonnier replied firmly. 'There are limits, even in a game...'

...'It comes to the same thing,' Dumont said, 'since I'm a Catholic too.'

I protested indignantly, 'But so am I!'

Whereupon Peyssou lumbered into the argument with the dismissive comment that 'the whole thing is a fuss about nothing, because being a Catholic or a Protestant comes to the same thing, really.'

He was immediately jumped on from all sides. His specialties were brute strength and filthy-mindedness! Let him stick to them and keep out of religion, since he didn't understand it! "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 43. "Such is Malevil, Anglo-Saxon and angular. And I love it just the way it is. For my uncle, and for me too I the days of our Club, it possessed the additional charm of having been the refuge during the religious wars of a Protestant captain who successfully held at bay the powerful armies of the Catholic League... "
Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 276. "He continued. 'When did you last partake of the Holy Sacrament?'

'When I was fifteen.'

'Then say you were very much influenced by your Protestant uncle.'

He wasn't going to catch me out with that one. I rejected the suspicion of heresy with vigor. 'My uncle was indeed a Protestant. I, however, am a Catholic.'

A somewhat lukewarm one though.'

'Yes, I as, it's true.'

'You mean you aren't lukewarm any longer.'

'You ought to know that.'

It was said pretty ungraciousyl, and the fine shifty eyes blinked slightly. 'Emmanuel,' he said in his most resonant voice, 'if you are referring to your evening readings from the Old Testament, I am bound to tell you that however much I may admire the purity of your intentions, I don't think those readings are very good for your companions here.'

'It was they who asked for them.'

'I am aware of that,' he said rather snappily... "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 277. "'I am intending to create a vicar at La Roque,' Fulbert went on, 'and then, with your permision, to appoint him as spiritual adviser here at Malevil.'

...'But Fulbert . . . How can you ordain a priest when you're not a bishop?'

He lowered his eyes with great humility. 'In normal times you would be right, of course. But circumstances today are not normal. And the Church must go on, after all. What would happen if I died tomorrow? Without a successor?'

The impudence of this was so flagrant that I decided I couldn't let it pass. I smiled.... 'Of course. I realize that as things are today there can be no question of attending the seminary at Cahors, with or without Serrurier.'...

'You are certainly not unaware... that in the primitive Church the bishops were elected by the assembled faithful. Taking my authority from that precedent, it would therefore be quite in order for me to present my candidate to the suffrage of the assembled faithful of La Roque.' "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 408. "...back in the days of the Club, when Meyssonnier's Catholic League stood at the foot of Malevil's ramparts, with Emmanuel's Protestant outlaws up there, all bombarding one another with the coarsest epithets they could muster... "
Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 464. "I consecrated the bread and wine. After I had drunk and eaten, the glass and plate were passed around the table. It was done in profound silence. For my own part, I was only too well aware of the vast disparity between the words I had just uttered and the intense emotion I was feeling. Nevertheless, it seemed to me that somehow or other that emotion had succeeded in spreading to all of them. I could tell from the weight in the others' glances, the slownes of their gestures... After all, it's not necessary to believe in God to have a sense of divinity in the world. In Malevil devinity might also be defined in terms of the bonds between man and man... "
Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 526. "Behind the altar (a plain marble slab resting on two rectangular piers and facing the congregation) the Lormiaux had insisted on reopening a Gothic arch that had been walled up and putting in a very fine stained-glass window. The idea was that the sun should filter through it and light up the priest from behind as he celebrated Mass. Unhappily, however, the Lormiaux had failed to notice that the window faced west, and that it was therefore not possible--short of a miracle--for to provide the officiant with a halo of glory in the morning. Nevertheless, no one had ever disputed the usefulness of the window... "
Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 529. "...his ground for complaint.

There were three kinds: I had kidnapped a young woman from La Roque, in violation of the parish council's decree, and after abusing her I had abandoned her to one of my men after a simulacrum of marriage. I had profaned the sanctity of the Christian religion by having myself elected priest by my servants and by conducting them, with them, a parody of the rites and sacraments of the Church. I had moreover taken advantage of this first blasphemy in order to give free rein to my heretical tendencies by discrediting the sacrament of confession by my words and by my practise. Lastly, I had done everything in my power to support and encourage the evil and subversive elementsin La Roque, in open revolt against their pastor. "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 550. "'...And what is she exactly, anyway, that woman?' he said suspiciously. 'A so-called Socialist?'

'Not at all! She's a Christian Radical.'

His face cleared. 'Ah, that's not so bad. I've always got on quite well with that kind of Catholic. They are idealists,' he added with half-concealed contempt. "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 19-20. "The valiant heretic captain Emmanuel Comte, besieged inside Malevil with his co-religionists, was defending the castle against the sinister Meyssonnier, head of the Catholic League. I say sinister because his aim was to sack the castle and put all the heretics inside it--male and female alike--to the sword. The women were represented by bundles of kindling, the children by somewhat smaller bundles...

One afternoon, when fortune sat on my helm, I sent an arrow winging down form the ramparts straightinto Meyssonnier's chest. He fell. I pushed my head through my arrow slit, brandished my fist, and yelled in a voice of thunder, 'Death to you, Catholic swine!' " [These events are apparently in a roll-playing game or something. There are refs. to Catholicism throughout book, which takes place in a very Catholic community in France. Many other refs. not in DB.]

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 22-23. "'I don't give a damn about you calling me a swine,' Meyssonier said. 'I'm quite prepared to call you the same thing. But what you actually called me was a Catholic swine.'

'Exactly,' I came back. 'It wasn't you I was insulting, it was the Catholic religion.'

'Yes, that's true,' Dumont said...

'You're quibbling, Meyssonnier,' I said sadly.

'I do'nt care,' Meyssonnier cried in a last desparate bid at defiance. 'You insulted the Catholic religion, and you ca'nt say you didn't!'

'But I haven't said I didn't!' I replied, spreading my hands in a gesture of wounded sincerity. 'In fact I explicitly admitted that I did, only a moment ago. Didn't I?'

'Yes, yes, you did,' the other Club members cried.

'Very well,' I continued in intrepid tones, 'since I have insulted the Catholic religion, I shall go and make a clean breast of it to the proper authority.' ('The proper authority' was a phrase I'd picked up from my uncle.) "

Catholic France 1977 Merle, Robert. Malevil. New York: Simon and Schuster (1973; original French ed. pub. 1972); pg. 23-24. "Because it was a generally held opinion in the Club that the Abbe Lebas had a twisted mind. At confession he had what was for us a very humiliating way of treating all our sins as the merest trifles--with one exception.

The dialogue always went as follows: 'Father, I confess to committing the sin of pride.'

'Yes, yes. What else?'

'Father, I confess to having spoken ill of my neighbor.'

'Yes, yes. What else?'

'Father, I confess of having lied to my teacher.'

'Yes, yes. What else?'

'Father I confess to having stolen ten franks from my mother's purse.'

'Yes, yes. What else?'

'Father, I confess to having done dirty things.'

'Ah ha!' the Abbe Lebas would cry. 'Now we come to it!'

and the interrogation began: 'With a girl? With a boy? With an animal? Alone? Naked or with your clothes on? Standing up or lying down? On our bed? In the privy? In the woods? In the classroom? How many times? And what did you think about while you were doing it?' "

Catholic France 1990 Anderson, Jack. Zero Time. New York: Kensington Publishing (1990); pg. 323. "St. Genevieve-sur-Marne, France

Sister Eugenie was eighty-six years of age... she had first come to the convent as a young woman, a novice in the order, in 1930. "

Catholic France 1995 Powers, Tim. Earthquake Weather. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 52. "...A Tale of Two Cities... the Parisian scenes... in the ancient narrow streets south of the river Seine, by Notre Dame cathedral, where fragrant lamb koftes turned on spits in the open windows of Lebanese restaurants... "
Catholic France 1997 Watson, Ian. God's World. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers (this ed. 1990; copyright 1979); pg. 28-29. "The year 1997... As the world spun on its course that Easter Day a whole series of manifestations came and went... a mere shaft of light at Lourdes... "
Catholic France 1999 Cerasini, Marc. Godzilla 2000. New York: Random House (1997); pg. 292. "Not only the Eiffel Tower but also the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre had all been reduced to rubble. "
Catholic France 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 33. "To An Linh, she was the woman Monet painted, the mother who personified love and safety and happiness, the slim lady smiling tenderly in the afternoon sunshine of summer. She was Canadian by birth, a Quebecoise who had fled from the convent in which her parents had enrolled her and spent her life atoning for the guilt she felt at abandoning God. She had met the man she would marry, the proud, handsome son of a wealthy vintner, while she was at nursing school in Aix-en-Provence... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Catholic France 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 41. Pg. 40: "She ducked inside her car and slammed the door shut. Cliff wanted to use Father Lemoyne to get himself inside the labs and onto the inside track of the frozen astronaut story. He had introduced her to the priest months ago--was he thinking about this moment even back then? Was he thinking about it when he met me? she asked herself. Is Cliff using me, as well as the priest?

The answer was, Of course he is. But is that why he sought me out? Does he really love me, or am I merely a way to the story he's after? ";

Pg. 41: "'Father Lemoyne's table, please,' she told him.

He blinked once, then understood. 'Ah, the priest. Yes. This way, please.' "

Catholic France 2018 Bova, Ben. Voyager II: The Alien Within. New York: Tor (1986); pg. 45. "'Did you . . . miss me while I was away?'

'Of course I did.'

'Did you go to anyone else?'


'Three months. You went without confession for three months?'

She made herself smile for him. 'I haven't done anything I should confess.'

'You're living with that Baker fella, aren't you?'

'Not living with him,' she said. 'I keep my own apartment.'

'But you're sleeping with him?'

'As often as I can.'

'The Church still regards that as a sin, you realize.'

'Do you?'

He closed his eyes. 'An Linh, you are the one woman in the whole of my life who's ever made me feel a regret at having taken my vows. For me, you are a near occasion of sin.'

'Your virtue is safe with me,' she teased.

'I'm sure,' he replied. 'Too bad. Such a pity.' "

Catholic France 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 250. "'Okay, try this on for size: maybe Hurt Hollow is a kind of Lourdes.'

'What's a loords?... You mean that place in France, where sick people go to get cured... Where the Virgin Mary was supposed to have done a miracle or something, bot a hundred years ago?...' " [More.]

Catholic France 2375 Dillard, J. M. Star Trek: Insurrection. New York: Pocket Books (1998). Based on the movie; story by Rick Berman & Michael Piller; screenplay by Michael Piller.; pg. 168. "A few hours ago, they had entered a part of the trail flanked on either side by towering peaks, so beautifully carved by wind and sand Picard was reminded of his homeland's great Gothic cathedrals. Now dawn was peering through the latticework, over the tops of stones, turning the rock from black to aubergine to purple-brown. Behind them, a long line of Ba'ku with occasional pack animals trailed, in a scene reminiscent of the biblical exodus... "
Catholic France 2438 Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 192. "Like the original Mont St. Michele on the French coast, Mars St. Michele was a majestic Gothic cathedral of spires and buttresses looming on a hill and yearning toward the sky. Ocean tides surrounded Mont St. Michele on earth. Green tides of grass surrounded Mars St. Michele. Both were fortresses. Mont St. Michele had been a fortress of faith before organized religion was abolished. Mars. St. Michele was a fortress of telepathy. "

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