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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Catholic Pacem 3131 Simmons, Dan. The Rise of Endymion. New York: Bantam (1998 mass market edition; first ed. 1997); pg. 3. "The rumor of the Pope's death burned through the Vatican's office complex, leaped through the crowded St. Anne's Gate to the Apostolic Palace and the adjacent Government Palace, found waiting ears among the fearful in the sacristy of St. Peter's Basilica to the point that the archbishop saying Mass actually turned to look over his shoulder at the unprecedented hiss and whispering of the congregation, and then moved out of the Basilica with the departing worshipers into the larger crowds of St. Peter's Square where eighty to a hundred thousand tourists and visiting Pax functionaries received the rumor like a critical mass of plutonium being slammed inward to full fission.

Once out through the main vehicle gate of the Arch of Bells, the news accelerated to the speed of electrons, then leaped to the speed of light, and finally hurtled out and away from the planet Pacem at Hawking-drive velocities thousands of times faster than light. "

Catholic Palestine 1930 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 178. "He was the youngest son of a sergeant major... and of an orphaned Jewess raised by nuns in Palestine, where she converted to Christianity... "
Catholic Palestine 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 203. Pg. 201: "Archangel Michael and the cathedral of the Trinity "; Pg. 203: "Air raid sirens screamed like the souls in the hell Polish Catholic priests took such delight in describing. Moishe Russie hadn't believed in eternal punishments of that sort. Now, after enduring air raids in Warsaw and London and wherever in Palestine this was, he wondered if hell wasn't real after all. "
Catholic Pennsylvania 2020 Kress, Nancy. "Inertia " in The Aliens of Earth. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House Publishers (1993; 1st pub Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, January 1990); pg. 171. [Year is estimated.] "'Oh, you'd be surprised. We had three doctors inside the Pennsylvania colony. One past retirement age. Another, an old-style Catholic, who dedicated his research to God...' "
Catholic Pern 3000 McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsdawn. New York: Ballantine (1988); pg. 7. "On Pern, it would truly be up to the individual to succeed, to prove his claim and to manage as much land as he and his cared for. That would be the catholic distinction. Once we've landed, everyone will be too bloody busy to fret over 'differences,' she consoled herself... " [McCaffrey is a lapsed Catholic, but the word is used here in a generic sense, not referring to the Catholic Church.]
Catholic Peru 1530 C.E. Blom, Suzanne Alles. Inca: The Scarlet Fringe. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (2000); pg. 162. Pg. 162: "She picked up the crucifix from where it hung down on his chest and asked, 'Were you a religious?'


It is making blisters on your neck...' "; Pg. 213: "Everyone--pope, kings, the emperor, other nobility, even the common soldiers--were in constantly shifting alliances. " [More.]

Catholic Peru 2002 Morlan, A. R. "Fast Glaciers " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 290. "'...I cannot help but think of the Mayans, and the Incas, and the havoc the Church managed to cause in those civilizations...' "
Catholic Peru 2002 Morlan, A. R. "Fast Glaciers " in Vanishing Acts (Ellen Datlow, ed.) New York: Tor (2000); pg. 292. "In his field notes, Dr. Ridley often spoke of the Mayans, and what the Spanish Catholics did to them--their culture, their history. Strange equals inferior. Then and now. And now the Catholics have help; the Baptists and Methodists are stomping around Peru's jungles, too... "
Catholic Philippines 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 186. "She [Sister Carlotta] was in Manila, where she could disappear within the Catholic establishment there... To her secure address at the Vatican, Bean replied... "
Catholic Poland 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 441. "'...It's not just the whorehouses--Skorzeny might be taking shelter in a church, too. He's an Austrian, so he's a Catholic--or he was probably raised as one, anyhow; he's about the least godly man I know. But that's one more place, or set of places, to look for him.'

'You have all sorts of ideas.' Ludmila would not have thought of anything that had to do with religion. Here, though, that outmoded notion proved strategically relevant. 'It is worth checking, I think, yes. The part of Lodz that is now Jewish is Catholic.' "

Catholic Poland 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 205. "The Pole was singing 'Mother of God' as he waited.

Czajowski stopped at Baranyk's side and gazed down with the gentle understanding of Chopin, of Mary...

'You sing your national anthem off-key,' Baranyk told him.

The Pole smiled. 'This is not a crime.'

'It should be.' "

Catholic Poland 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 207. "'And perhaps we can have Mickey Mouse climb out of his Florida ocean like a drowned rat to deliver them. And Prince Charming Lauterbach will bring them strapped to his white charger. Or perhaps your beloved Virgin can simply make more ERINTs, since the Americans have such a problem with production...' "
Catholic Poland 2120 Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game in Ender's War (omnibus compilation of first two novels in Ender series). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (1986); pg. 25. "'...Your father was baptized with the name John Paul Wieczorek. Catholic. The seventh of nine children.'...

'Well, no one wants a Third anymore. You can't expect them to be glad. But your father and mother are a special case. They both renounced their religions... but in fact their feelings are still ambiguous. Do you known what ambiguous means?'

'They feel both ways.'

'They're ashamed of having come from noncompliant families. They conceal it... Your father denies his Polish ancestry, since Poland is still a noncompliant nation, and under international sanction because of it...' "

Catholic Poland: Lodz 1925 Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 110. "'I was born in 1925, in Poland... My family was relatively well-to-do. My father was a doctor. We were Jews but not Orthodox Jews. My mother had considered converting to Catholicism when she was younger...' " [Also pg. 163.]
Catholic Portugal 1600 Anthony, Patricia. God's Fires. New York: Ace Books (1997); pg. 15. [Year is estimated.] "'To His Grace Archbishop Vasquez of the Holy See, Seville, my fellow Dominican and esteemed brother in Christ... for it has come to my attention that Rome punishes Portugal's Holy Office due to the misguided allegiances of the Jesuits...' " [This entire novel takes place in deeply Catholic Portugal of about the year 1600, yet it is a science fiction novel. Most of the characters are Catholic, many are clergy. Most refs. not in DB.]
Catholic Quebec 1914 Turtledove, Harry. The Great War: American Front (alternate history novel). New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 79. "...Galtier told it in his Quebecois French... He knew where he was--a couple miles outside Riviere-du-Loup on the St. Lawrence River... Because of the drizzle, he couldn't see the tin spires of the churches in St.-Modeste and St.-Antonin, but he knew they were there. "
Catholic Quebec 1914 Turtledove, Harry. The Great War: American Front (alternate history novel). New York: Ballantine (1998); pg. 332. "...whom Father Pascal had been talking when Galtier first went into Riviere-du-Loup not long after the Americans arrived...

'You are a modest man,' Father Pascal said. 'This is the mark of a godly man, a Christian man of solid virtue...' "

Catholic Quebec 1982 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 27. "...she'd confronted his mother, Elisabeth, with the fact? That she'd confessed to having had an affair with one Henry Spade during the early years of her marriage to Alain Tardivel, the man Pierre had known as his father, a man who had been dead now for two years? That Elisabeth, a Catholic, had been unable to divorce Alain? "
Catholic Quebec 1982 Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 30. "There was a small crucifix above the door to his room; it had been there since he'd been a little boy. He stared up at the tiny Jesus--but there was no point in praying. The die was cast; what was done was done. Whether or not he had the gene had been determined almost twenty years ago, at the very moment of his conception. " [Other refs. to Catholics, not in DB. The novel's main character, Pierre Tardivel, is a Catholic. He is not particularly devout, but does identify himself as a Catholic and his religious affiliation is relevant when he objects strongly to the idea of abortion.]
Catholic Rock, The 2051 Worthen, M. W. "You Can't Go Back " in Washed by a Wave of Wind (M. Shayne Bell, ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books (1993); pg. 111. "I sat alone in the small iron chapel, remembering. There was a porcelain Jesus on the cross on one wall and a Star of David on the other. On the polished iron wall near Jesus were pictures of eight saints with tables and candles for each one; several of those candles had been burning at each place when I entered, and I lit one more in front of the Christ for Gus. "
Catholic Romania 1989 Simmons, Dan. Children of the Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1992) [Book jacket] "With the assistance of Father Mike O'Rouke, a Chicago cleric also in Romania on a mercy mission, Kate fights the malevolent local bureaucracy and adopts Joshua.. Pursued by mysterious, superhuman thugs, she and her friend Father O'Rourke embark on an incredible odyssey that will bring them face to face with the historical Vlad Dracula. " [Many refs. to Father O'Rouke throughout novel. This priest is one of novel's main characters.]
Catholic Romania 1989 Simmons, Dan. Children of the Night. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1992); pg. 47. "...and changed into what he'd called his mutant ninja priest suit: black shirt, black coat, black trousers, Roman collar. "
Catholic Senegal 1982 Norden, Eric. "The Curse of Mhondoro Nkabele " in The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: 24th Series (Edward L. Ferman, ed.) New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1982); pg. 156-157. "The Diolas are traditionally animist, but my father sent me at the age of nine to the mission school in Mbawne Province run by the Holy Ghost Fathers, a predominantly French and Belgian order. There I mastered not only French but, through the good offices of Father Devlin, the one Irish priest, English as well.

I originally had some doubts about the missionaries, but my father approved of the doctrine of transubstantiation, viewing it as an affirmation of our own ancient practices. He himself, as a very young child, had once tasted a priest, of the Franciscan order I believe, and he felt that consuming the blood and flesh of Christ would be a salutary experience for me... It was also due to Father Devlin that I had my first exposure to science fiction, at the age of eleven. " [More.]

Catholic Senegal 2015 Julian, Astrid. "Bringing Sissy Home " in L. Ron Hubbard Presents The Best of Writers of the Future (Algis Budrys, ed.) Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (2000; c. 1992); pg. 232. "I... pretend to be interested in the vendor's statuettes, miniature Catholic saints ringed by eight-armed Indian gods. Many of the African gods and fetishes are familiar with my days at the University of London, when I still hoped to emigrate to Africa. Cheap ivory-colored, plastic crucifixes are jumbled together with garishly painted European mermaid dolls that are used by the Mami-Wata cult. "
Catholic Solar System 2001 Clarke, Arthur C. "Jupiter V " in The Sentinel. New York: Berkley Books (1983; c. 1953); pg. 109. "...the building looked not unlike a Gothic cathedral. "
Catholic Solar System 2050 Benford, Gregory. Jupiter Project. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1980); pg. 144. "'...something has got to be wrong with a system that says Michelangelo shouldn't have taken money to do the Sistine Chapel as long as everybody wasn't eating prime beef.' "
Catholic Solar System 2050 Bova, Ben. "Sam and the Prudent Jurist " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1997); pg. 231. "He had received the Nobel Peace Prize for settling the war between India and China. rumor had it that if he would only convert to Catholicism, the Pope would make him a saint. "
Catholic Solar System 2061 Clarke, Arthur C. 2061: Odyssey Three. New York: Ballantine (1987); pg. 264. "Depositing their chemicals in a tangled mass of pipes and chimneys, they sometimes created natural parodies of ruined castles or Gothic cathedrals... "
Catholic Solar System 2314 Steele, Allen. Chronospace. New York: Ace Books (2001); pg. 43. "His office was decorated with murals of nineteenth-century Catholic missions, and a matador's costume and swords... "
Catholic Solar System 3001 Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 57. "'...but he's on Ganymede, curing any remaining True Believers he can find there. When al the old religions were discredited--let me tell you about Pope Pius XX sometime--one of the greatest men in history!--we still needed a word for the Prime Cause, or the creator of the Universe--if there is one . . . "
Catholic South Africa 2020 Maggin, Elliot S. Kingdom Come. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 192. "'Really? Anyone I know?'

'You know all of them, I think. A former American President, a former Russian President, the South African Archbishop, a few others.' "

Catholic Spain 1492 C.E. Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 63. "...the Sephardic [Jews]... whom their Catholic majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella, drove from Spain. "
Catholic Spain 1600 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 40. "'...You're up against five hundred years of carefully preserved and very bad memories about imperial Catholic Spain.' " [This novel has references, mostly postitive, about Catholicism throughout, although the focus is primarily on Jesuits, not on lay Catholics. Most refs. not in DB.]
Catholic Spain 1963 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 37. "'Is it true that he has never heard the talk of other people? Is it true you have not taken him to the priests for christening? Por Dios, Sanorita Ocampa, if these accusastions are true...' " [Other refs. to Catholicism, not all in DB.]
Catholic Spain 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 122. Pg. 122: "I went into a Catholic Worker hospital in Madrid in March 2003, war was still going... "; Pg. 123: "The Catholic Workers were nice about letting me stay until I recovered more... "; Pg. 162: "The notes say the Catholic Workers were pretty good to me, but I don't really believe it. I've been around too many handout windows to believe anybody gives you decent treatment unless they're going to make cash off you. It isn't the poor they buy off, but their own oversensitive consciences. Probably I was just too young to notice them being condescending. "
Catholic Spain 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 83. "'...I mean, ever since the great schism of the late twentieth century, we've been treated to the nauseating spectacle of some head-in-the-sand bigots there in Madrid bombarding what are supposed to be their fellow Catholics with a succession of bulls and encyclicals and what-not just because the Church of Rome cottoned on to the basic truth that there's more to making love than manufacturing a series of babies who can be splashed with a bit of holy water and sent off to heaven to keep the hallelujahs flying and recognised the need for the contraceptive pill. But here's this Pope Eglantine going on about how you shouldn't interfere with divine ordinances and give your other kids a chance to grow up in comfort so they can become rounded young adult human beings, oh no, you must never ever enjoy yourself with anybody else except to procreate...' "
Catholic Spain 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 226. "'Fanatical Italian youth crying 'Death to all heretics' this morning attempted to storm the palace of Right Catholic Pope Eglantine in Madrid. When under fire from Spanish police they refused to run for cover but tore off their shirjacks to reveal large red crosses tattooed on their chests. The survivors will be interrogated in hospital when they are well enought to answer questions.' "
Catholic Spain 2027 Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: Tor (1995; c. 1988); pg. 235. "And move to the Byzantines. Seven times Jim answers with that. Then: 'The Arabs. Saracen Arabs, from Spain. Bloody times.' Four generations under the Arabs. Then it's back to the Byzantines, to the times when the church before them was functioning, holding services, having its doorsill scraped by the door's locking post, again and again. "
Catholic Spain 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 254. "Some Madrid Catholics poured calumny on her for assisting the gene-resurrection of mastodons. "; Pg. 256: "To Madrid Catholics and some othe rold-line religious groups, The world was made for our use "
Catholic Sweden 1975 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 48. "They did not want an ethical example that stood apart from history, as they said did Judaism, Catholicism, Marxism. "
Catholic Sweden 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 5. "'Turning to a related subject, rioting crowds today stormed a Right Catholic church in Malmo, Sweden, while early mass was in progress. Casuality lists suggest a death toll of over forty including the priest and many children. From his palace in Madrid Pope Eglantine accused rival Pope Thomas of deliberately fomenting this and other recent uprisings, a charge vigorously denied by Vatican authorities.' "
Catholic Switzerland 1997 Preuss, Paul. Secret Passages. New York: Tor (1997); pg. 22. "They came to a cramped hilltop square, from which rose the abrupt and inelegant towers of the Cathedral of Saint Pierre. To the right of its portico, modern steps went down under the pavement.

'Do you know of the excavations beneath Saint Pierre? One of our more famous attractions?' "

Catholic Switzerland 2010 Bishop, Michael. "The Bob Dylan Tambourine Software & Satori Support Services Consortium, Ltd. " (published 1985) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 618. [Year estimated.] "The company's first three creative consultants... were Switzerland's Hans Kung, the controversial Catholic theologian; Leis Thomas... and Sherry Turkle... "
Catholic Tanzania 2010 Blake, Sterling. "A Desperate Calculus " in New Legends. Greg Bear (ed.) New York: Tor (1995); pg. 48. "He left the team and headed toward the trouble, angling by faded stucco buildings. Puddles from a rain shower mirrored an iron cross over the entrance gate of a Catholic mission. The Pope's presence. Be fruitful, ye innocent, and multiply. Spread like locusts across God's green works. "
Catholic Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 94. "'...I must acquaint you in more detail with our religious situation here... We are a colony of schisms, of splinter sects. Many of us were aware of the special effects of Planet Tarot before we emigrated from Earth, and each of us saw in these effects the potential realization of God--our particular specialized concepts of God, if you will. This appeal seems to have been strongest to the weakest sects, or in any rate, the smallest numerically. Thus we have few Roman Catholics, Mohammedans, Buddhists, or Confucians, but many Rosicrucians, Spiritualists, Moonies, Gnostics, Flaming Sworders--' "
Catholic Tarot 2077 Anthony, Piers. God of Tarot. New York: Berkley (1982; c. 1977); pg. 152. "Brother Paul found himself shaking. He had conjured the leading figure of the Roman Catholic Church, by whatever name a Protestant deck might bestow. Had he the right?

Yes, he decided. This was not the real Pope, but a representation drawn from a card. Probably a mindless thing, a mere statue. That mindlessness needed to be verified, so Brother Paul could be assured that there was no intellect behind the Animation effect.

'Your Excellency,' he murmured, inclining his head with the respect he gave to dignitaries of any faith. One did not need to share a person's philosophy to respect his dedication to that philosophy. 'May I have an audience?'

The figure's head tilted. The left arm lowered. The eyes focused on Brother Paul. The lips moved. 'You may,' the Hierophant said.

It had spoken! " [Paul has an audience with the 'Pope', pg. 152-164.]

Catholic Tennessee 2054 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson. The Ganymede Takeover. New York: Ace Books (1967); pg. 64. "'Sir, for the last two years living here on Terra I have been Anglo-Catholic. I take communion once a month.'

Mekkis quickly turned the conversation back to the relatively safe topic of model airplanes. New converts to these native mystery cults could sometimes wax quite fanatical. "

Catholic Texas 1942 Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 13. Pg. 13: "Both of us had been born in Texas into Catholic families, had gone to second-rate Southern colleges and had attended law school... My father had been Mexican. My skin was light enough, and I had inherited enough of my Irish mother's bone structure and features to pass for a typical Anglo-Protestant American... " [The main character/narrator is a Catholic.]; Pg. 15: "Tom was blushing. He was a tough G-man, but still a good Catholic boy at heart. "
Catholic Texas 1984 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 489. "Seger had been leading his group in hymns, and handing out leaflets about how Ares was carrying plutonium casks, for its SNAP generators, into space. ST JOSEPH OF CUPERTINO IS THE PATRON SAINT OF ASTRONAUTS. JOIN WITH US IN PRAYER . . . "
Catholic Texas 1994 Anthony, Patricia. Happy Policeman. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 74. "Most people were uncomfortable around the badge. Priests, DeWitt thought, must get the same reaction.

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I coveted my neighbor's wife twice. I parked illegally five times this month. "

Catholic Texas 1994 Anthony, Patricia. Happy Policeman. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 79. "'Bad ones. Just plain bad. I'm telling you, DeWitt, Janet and your kids aside, those folks down at the Biblical Truth Church don't teach life right.'

'Well . .' Tyler was a Catholic. Even before Bomb Day, even before he left his cornfields to take over the vacant post of school principal, the man had looked askance at the fundamentalists. "

Catholic Texas 1994 Anthony, Patricia. Happy Policeman. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 134. "'Oh, karma? So tell me, Mr. Morality, how can your karma get clear if you're screwing someone else's wife? Unless, now that you're a lapsed Catholic, you don't think fornication is immoral.' "
Catholic Texas 1994 Anthony, Patricia. Happy Policeman. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1994); pg. 197. "Now, down the table Foster and Tyler were smiling: Lucifers with pleasing faces... He [Jimmy Schoen, a Protestant/Christian Fundamentalist pastor] closed his eyes, a weary Job. God was testing him, not with boils, but with his people's pestilent disregard. He should have been jury foreman, yet a Papist had been elected. " [This Protestant thinks of a Catholic as a 'papist,' an old slang term.]
Catholic Texas 2006 Ing, Dean. Wild Country. New York: Tor (1985); pg. 44. "But Saltillo had seen the old silver icons and the jeweled trapings in the church paid for, over the generations, by McCook's devout TexMex Catholics. he figured to hit the bank as well since the church itself would be such a quick knockover.

Saltillo lost one man at the police station... They took forty thousand dollars and three lives there, but they also took their time ransacking the place. Too much time, when the local priest was as thorough and as decisive as Father Quemada.

The good father had heard the worries of his people long before; had agreed to hide the deadly weapons of his parish--or rather, to look the other way when lockers were opened in the church meeting hall. Of McCook's three hundred people, perhaps thirty ran for the church when the shooting started. Most of them intended to pray only for salvation. "

Catholic Texas 2006 Ing, Dean. Wild Country. New York: Tor (1985); pg. 44. "Saltillo's men held target practice on the stained-glass windows to terrify the priest and parishioners, then burst in on what they thought would be a huddled mass of victims. Some, in fact, were screaming and praying near the nave when the cimarrones stormed inside.

Saltillo and five of his bravos were shot dead just one pace inside the church by the damnedest concatenation of gunfire imaginable: pellet guns, five handguns, rifles of several calibers, and a sawed-off shotgun firing double-aught buckshot. Father Quemada's combat team was two men, several boys, a half-dozen women, and a pair of teenaged girls. Rumors of a man in black roes firing his own assault rifle were never verified, but it was said later that Father Quemada had the look of a man in need of confession. " [Set in post-apocalyptic southern Texas, this book contains some other references to Catholics, which are not in DB.]

Catholic Texas: Dallas 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 8. Pg. 8: "The priest turned to the young widow. He had prayed, 'Si capax.' If possible, for he had jurisdiction only before death. 'I am convinced the soul has not left his body. This is a valid last sacrament. I have given much thought to the problem and I have worked out a formula. I believe there is a direct relationship between the stamina of the body and the endurance of the soul to remain. If the person succumbs after a long illness the soul leaves the body within twenty minutes after pronouncement of death. But in the case of your husband, a man in the flush of health, I am convinced the soul lingers as long as three hours.' ";

Pg. 125: "Bitterbaum was pleased when he heard Josh had joined St. Paul's Catholic Club... "; Pg. 157: Sistine Chapel [Other refs. not in DB, e.g., pg. 106, 125, 191.]

Catholic Texas: Fort Worth 1995 Martin, Lee. Bird in a Cage. New York: St. Martin's Press (1995); pg. 37. "'...Eventually I want to teach high school math. Right now I just want to keep a roof over our head and food on the table without running up the biggest student loan in human history. I'm twenty-six, I'm Catholic, and I used to be in my high school glee club...' "
Catholic Texas: Fort Worth 1995 Martin, Lee. Bird in a Cage. New York: St. Martin's Press (1995); pg. 90-91. "Trying to question... Sarana was futile; his European accent was [thick] and about all he said--and this he repeated often--went something like this: 'Julia was a good girl. The Holy Virgin welcomed her into heaven. And Luisa is a good girl.'

'I understand all that,' I said, 'but the Holy Virgin didn't make Judas fall. I'm trying to find out who did.'

'She fell because she fell...'

...I did ask what relation he was to Julia. 'My niece,' he told me sullenly. 'Daughter of my sainted brother.' He crossed himself, which I took to mean that his brother was dead. But of course I had to ask.

After having been informed about six times that his wife, his brother... and his niece were with the Holy Virgin, I thanked him for his help and he departed. I shook my head. In the South... you get used to fundamentalist Protestant religious fanatics. Unless I missed my guess, I'd just encountered the first Catholic religious fanatic of my career. "

Catholic Texas: Galveston 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 14. "'I'm going to church this Sunday,' Mrs. Rodriguez decided. 'Que brujeria, eh? A witch! Did you see those eyes? Like a snake.' She crossed herself. 'Don't laugh, Laura.'

'Laugh? Hell, I'm ready to hang garlic.' " [Also, pg. 21.]

Catholic Texas: Houston 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 117. "The Archdiocese of Houston, Texas, would like to remind everyone that this coming Wednesday, November 2, is All Souls' Day--the day on which prayers are offered for souls in purgatory. Because of the recent surge of interest in this topic, a special mass will be held at the Astrodome Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. "
Catholic Tibet 1999 Pattison, Eliot. The Skull Mantra. New York: St. Martin's Minotaur (1999); pg. 338. "Maybe five years before he could have visited Lhasa and seen the structure as a tourist might... impressive for its size and age and historic role as the Buddhist Vatican. "
Catholic Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 60. Pg. 60: "Which would set Gwen hunting bureaucrats among the Roman rebels. The priesthood of Yatar would be another problem. If Rick could forge a Roman alliance, would the priests cooperate? The Romans were Christians who persecuted Yatar and Vothan One-eye as pagan gods. Lord, Rick thought. What must I do? I need the hierarchy of Yatar, to spread science through the land. And will the Christians cooperate? ";

Pg. 68: "'By Saints Matthew, Mark, Like, and John, and by Holy Mary, I swear that I shall...' ";

Pg. 102: "And what... must Bishop Arrhenius think of his Emperor-to-be? The Roman Christian Church seemed considerably less preoccupied with chastity than did its counterpart on Earth, but even so there was the Sixth Commandment...' " [References to 'Romans' here are to actual descendants of citizens of Rome -- not to 'Roman Catholics'. The word 'Catholic' is never used, but elements such as Mary and Archbishops are reminiscent of Catholicism.]

Catholic Tran 1996 Pournelle, Jerry & Roland Green. Tran. New York: Baen (1996); pg. 589. "By the time they reached the level ground, Ben had worked up enough of a sweat to satisfy any reasonable god. Wouldn't old Father McCarthy have a fit if he heard that! "
Catholic Transylvania 1897 Stoker, Bram. Dracula. New York: Bantam (1981; c. 1897); pg. 5. "She then rose and dried her eyes, and taking a crucifix from her neck offered it to me. I did not know what to do, for as an English churchman, I have been taught to regard such things as in some measure idolatrous, and yet it seemed so ungracious to refuse an old lady meaning so well and in such a state of mind. she saw, I suppose, the doubt in my face, for she put the rosary round my neck, and said, 'For your mother's sake,' and went out of the room. I am writing up this part of the diary whilst I am waiting for the coach, which is, of course, late; and the crucifix i still round my neck. Whether it is the old lady's fear, or the many ghostly traditions of the place, or the crucifix itself, I do not know, but I am not feeling nearly as easy in my mind as usual. " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Catholic Ukraine 1642 Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 276. "Pyotr frowned. 'I've read about those Cossack rebellions.'

Katya winced. Three centuries fell from her, and she stood again in her village when men... galloped in after riding with Chmielnicki and shouted their boasts. Every Catholic or Uniate priest they or the serfs caught, they hanged in front of his altar alongside a pig and a Jew. 'Barbaric times,' she said. "

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