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 Vatican City 2127 Card, Orson Scott. Shadow of the Hegemon. New York: Tor (2001); pg. 355. "'There's a marker for Sister Carlotta somewhere in Vatican City,' said Bean. "
Catholic Vatican City 2158 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 56. "...a life-size portrait of John-Paul IV, the man who had become pope during the darkest days of The Great Chaos and had provided both the world and the church with twenty years of energetic and inspirational leadership. The gifted Venezuelan, a poet and historical scholar in his own right, had demonstrated to the world between 2139 and 2158 how positive a force the organized church could be at a time when virtually every other institution was collapsing and was, therefore, unable to give any succor to the bewildered masses. "
Catholic Vatican City 2199 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 54. "It was ten o'clock in the morning and he was sitting in a small anteroom inside the Vatican. He was about to have a private audience with the Vicar of Christ himself, Pope John-Paul V.

During his childhood, Michael O'Toole had often dreamed of someday becoming the first North American pope. 'Pope Michael,' he had called himself during the long Sunday afternoons when he had studied his catechism alone. As he had repeated the words of his lessons over and over and committed them to memory, he had imagined himself, maybe fifty years in the future, wearing the cassock and papal ring, celebrating mass for thousands in the great churches and stadia of the world. He would inspire the poor, the hopeless, the downtrodden. He would show them how God could lead them to a better life. " [Extensive Catholic references throughout much of the novel. Other refs. not in DB. Catholicism is the novel's main featured religious group.]

Catholic Vatican City 2199 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 56. "They both glanced toward the doorway, where the pope, wearing his normal white cassock, was concluding a conversation with a member of his staff. John-Paul V came forward into the anteroom, a pleasant smile on his face, and extended his hand toward O'Toole. The cosmonaut automatically dropped to one knee and kissed the papal ring.

'Holy Father,' he murmured, astonished at the excited pounding of his heart, 'thank you for seeing me. This is indeed a great honor for me.'

'For me as well,' the pope replied in lightly accented English. 'I have been following the activities of you and your colleagues with great interest.'

...'You wrote in your letter,' the Holy Father said, without referring to any notes, 'that there were some theological issues that you would like to discuss with me. I assume these are in some way related to your mission.'

...He certainly doesn't waste any time, O'Toole thought, recalling an article in Catholic magazine... "

Catholic Vatican City 2199 Clarke, Arthur C. & Gentry Lee. Rama II. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 62. "There were twelve alcoves or chapels attached to the central nave, six with sculpture and artwork following classical Roman Catholic motifs. This eclectic partition of the ground floor was purposely designed to provide comfort for the many non-Catholics who made pilgrimages to the shrine to pay their respects to the memory of the beloved St. Michael. "
Catholic Vatican City 2263 Carey, Diane. Best Destiny (Star Trek). New York: Pocket Books (1992); pg. 141. "Roy Moss lay lengthwise across the bridge floor, working upward like Michelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The work was almost as exacting and twice as hard on the arms. "
Catholic Vatican City 2732 Simmons, Dan. Hyperion. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 69. "On Pacem we have--as best we could from ancient photos and holos--rebuilt the basilica of St. Peter's exactly as it stood in the ancient Vatican. Almost seven hundred feet long and four hundred and fifty feet wide, the church can hold fifty thousand worshipers when His Holiness says Mass. We have never had more than five thousand faithful there even when the Council of Bishops of All the Worlds is in assembly every forty-three years. In the central apse near our copy of Bernini's Throne of St. Peter, the great dome rises more than a hundred and thirty meters above the floor of the alter. "
Catholic Vatican City 3200 Simak, Clifford D. Project Pope. New York: Ballantine (1981); pg. 232. "'We are not the Vatican, of course,' said the Pope. Not even a Vatican. We term ourselves Vatican-17, although the numeral is very seldom used. I suspect that at the time this establishment, there may have been sixteen other Vaticans, scattered through as many solar systems settled by humankind, although as to that I cannot be positive. I suspect as well that the Old Earth Vatican is still the premier Vatican, if that is the correct way of saying it, and all the others that now exist are subsidiaries, if, again, that is the correct terminology. The subsidiary Vaticans undoubtedly would have had the right to use the name... When the Vatican and I were built, the robots were fresh from Earth, still starry-eyed, and filled with the wonder of the great religions there, especially impressed by the majesty and the tradition of the Catholic faith. "
Catholic Venezuela 1947 Bear, Greg. Dinosaur Summer. New York: Time Warner (1998); pg. 283. "Wetherford... watched Anthony and Peter for a moment, a deep sadness in his eyes. 'Is it the right time for a little confession?'

Shellabarger regarded him sourly. 'You a Catholic?'

'No, it's not a matter of faith, but I've been converted, nonetheless,' Wetherford said. 'Anybody care to hear why?' "

Catholic Vermont 1986 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 43: "Getting Even ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Sep. 1986); pg. 19. Pg. 19: Empath: "No! By all the Saints . . . NO! "; "The spiked wall--Mirage hurled me--Sancta Maria! It's alive! " [Empath's exclamations reflect his Spanish Catholic background. A few other similar refs. not in DB.]
Catholic Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 123. "My toe was already turning toe-colored again, except for a slight residual purple stain, when Father O'Rouke made his sickbed visitation. The two of us sat in the lawn chairs on the porch outside my hooch and listened to my new Irish tapes, which had arrived from home a day or two before. The priest guzzled beer and I guzzled lemonade--alcohol interferes with antibiotics... And if there was any man I loved to hear talk almost as he loved to hear himself talk, it was Father O'Rourke,. It was the brogue, mostly... "
Catholic Vietnam 1965 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 123-124. "'What I want to know is, who has halos and who can see them? Do saints have halos, or is it just angels? I mean, could there be maybe Buddhist or Hindu saints that God knows about but hasn't let the Church in on yet? Could just anybody see their halos, if they let you?'

The [Catholic] chaplain glowered at me from under his bristling black brows... 'My dear child, what is it you're trying to do? Start another holy war? Is the one not enough for you, then?... Ah, life among the heathen isn't fittin' for ye of little faith, I see that now. Some of this Eastern stuff seems to be rubbin' off on you.'

He was kidding me--the Irish always got a whole lot thicker when he was pulling your leg. "

Catholic Vietnam 1966 King, Stephen. Hearts in Atlantis. New York: Scribner (1999); pg. 331. "Dearie said, 'When the Viet Cong come into a South Viet 'ville, the first thing they look for are people wearing crucifixes, St. Christopher medals, Mary medals, anything of that nature. Catholics are killed. People who believe in God are killed. Do you think we should stand back while the commies kill people who believe in God?' "
Catholic Washington 1905 Gloss, Molly. Wild Life. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000); pg. 45. Pg. 45: "Otto and Edith Eustler, who have the farm northeast of Stuband's, are backsliders from the Catholic Church, and for this, as for their readiness to pack a lunch, they are the perfect picture of good company on a Sunday. "; Pg. 47: "I told her an amusing story about Arlie Shoup, who is a Freethinker and never has stepped foot in church, though his wife, Grace, is Catholic: when the priest arrived rain-soaked for his once-a-month Mass, and Grace lent him her husband's clothes, the priest told his congregation there was hope for Arlie yet, since his clothes had made it inside the church. "; Pg. 49: "A man was on the afterdeck, a little dark figure in a black coat, in a cloth cap, and from the distance I wouldn't have known if it was the Pope... "
Catholic Washington, D.C. 1881 Turtledove, Harry. How Few Remain. New York: Ballantine (1997); pg. 42. "Above his desk hung three framed portraits. A Catholic might have thought them images of a secular Trinity. "
Catholic Washington, D.C. 1982 Baxter, Stephen. Voyage. New York: HarperCollins (1996); pg. 359. "He found a run-down little Catholic church, tucked away just a few blocks from Headquarters, and took to spending time in there. He attended Mass three or four times a week. The ancient, gentle ritual took him back to his childhood and comforted him.

He was struck--shocked, even--by the poverty he saw around him in the neighborhood of the church, just blocks away from NASA Headquarters, here in the capital city of the richest nation on the planet. "

Catholic Washington, D.C. 1982 Straub, Peter. Koko. New York: E. P. Dutton (1988); pg. 29. "It was sort of like the Emperor's New Clothes--nobody had the balls to tell Protestant millionaires they looked ridiculous. (Conor was certain that none of these people could be Catholic.) Bow ties! Red suspenders with pictures of babies on them! "
Catholic Washington, D.C. 1985 Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 280-281. "Jacqueline, for her part, appeared to have given up her hope of being canonized a second Our Lady of the Slums in favor of marriage and a civil-service career. Maybe these last goals were not, finally, incompatible with the first . . . "
Catholic Washington, D.C. 1995 Grant, Charles. Whirlwind (X-Files). New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 42. Pg. 42: "'Mulder, who knows old Greek?' the agent demanded hoarsely... 'Priests, Mulder. Seminarians. Teachers in a seminary. Preachers, Mulder. Ministers.' His free hand took a slow swipe of his tie. 'People, Mulder, who study the Bible.' "; Pg. 117: "'We have priests, you know.' The horse stamped again; a fly buzzed in the stifling heat. 'Not the Catholic ones, the padres. Konochine got rid of them a long time ago. Our own...' "
Catholic Washington, D.C. 1995 Hand, Elizabeth. Waking the Moon. New York: HarperPrism (1995); pg. 7. Pg. 7: "Beneath its walls wandered a weird profusion of nuns and rabbis and sikhs and friars, and others... "; Pg. 54: "One or two others had been scattered across the Roman Empire, and now were locked within the holdings of the Vatican. "; Pg. 72: "I saw... kimonos, velvet yarmulkas, and every kind of ecclesiastical attire, including a woman who appeared to be wearing a cardinal's birett and dalmatic. "; Pg. 78: "She had never known a group more eager to snipe and speculate than old Catholic priests and the Benandanti. No better place than the Divine (or the Vatican) for that. Though, unlike the Vatican, the Benandanti left no histories for the world to read. "; Pg. 130: "'...why women aren't allowed to be priests or rabbis...' "; Pg. 181: "...Angelica in a white dress for First Communion... " [Many other refs., not in DB.]
Catholic Washington, D.C. 2034 Goonan, Kathleen Ann. Crescent City Rhapsody. New York: Tor (2001; c. 2000); pg. 275. "... a literature professor at Catholic University... "
Catholic Western Hemisphere 1850 Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 303. [An alternate history because the timeline has been changed.] "'They were technologically backward by our standards, but did reach America in the eighteenth century. Their spread over there was very slow. The old countries didn't have the kind of society that would support explorers or entrepreneurs on an adequate scale, and they kept their colonists on a tight leash. Also, in the nineteenth century the whole system was breaking down... When I arrived, the Mexicans and Peruvians were holding out against conquest, though their leaders were half white and half Christian...' "
Catholic world 855 C.E. Blumlein, Michael. "The Brains of Rats " (published 1986) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 637. "Sometime later she was called to Rome to study and teach at the offices of Pope Leo IV. Her reputation grew, and when Lew died in 855, Katrin was elected Pope. Her reign ended abruptly two and a half years later. In the midst of a papal procession through the streets of Rome, her cloak hanging loose, obscuring the contours of her body, Katrin squatted on the ground... and delivered a baby... From then on, all popes, prior to confirmation, have been examined by two reliable clerics... " [Other refs, not in DB.]
Catholic world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 17. Pg. 16-17: "Finally there had been no help for it but to arrange a meeting of the supreme powers, the four greatest authorities in Christendom: the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople, the Emperor of the Romans and the Emperor of the Greeks.

...For there were worse things that could happen to the Church, as the Imperator Bruno had said to his creature Pope John, than a misunderstanding over the exact nature of the Nicene Creed. " [Extensive other refs., not in DB.]

Catholic world 875 C.E. Harrison, Harry & John Holm. King and Emperor. New York: Tor (1996); pg. 97. Pg. 97: "...the people who were resisting him were now heretics, of some sect long established in the border country, with whom the Catholics had fought a bitter neighborly war in private for generations. "; Pg. 105: "'Get the other things out that way. Just drop the holy relic outside the wall. It has no gold on it, no marks of worship like the Catholics would give it. They won't know...' "
Catholic world 1000 C.E. Williams, Tad. To Green Angel Tower: Part 1. New York: DAW Books (1993); pg. 292. "When I was older, I came to doubt them, and believed instead in the single god of the Aedonites--single, though He is dreadfully mixed up with Usires His son and Elysia the blessed mother. Later, in the first blossoming of my scholarship... "
Catholic world 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 548. "They were the Catholics who would fly directly in the face of any pope or saint--Adrian, Alexander of St. Jerome--if the saint's policies did not suit their own convenience... "
Catholic world 1100 C.E. White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books (1996; c. 1939, 1940, 1958); pg. 560. "Then there had been Archbishops nicknamed 'Skin-villain,' and churches used as forts--with trenches in the graveyards among the bones--and price-lists for fining murderers, and bodies of the excommunicated lying unburied... There a Pope had been complaining, as he was held to ransom, or another one had been wriggling as he was poisoned... " [More.]
Catholic world 1138 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 229. "In January 1138... Roger got a new Pope elected, but this one soon ended the schism by laying down his tiara. Trimphant in Rome, Innocent set about destroying the king, whom he had already excommunicated. he did not succeed. " [There many other references in this book to Catholicism and Church and European history of this period.]
Catholic world 1138 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 302. [An alternate history because the timeline has been changed.] "'Meanwhile, same as in our world, the Fourth Crusade dropped its original objective. It captured Constantinople, and installed a Latin King. The Orthodox Church was forcibly united with the Catholic.' "; Pg. 303: "As almighty as the Catholic Church became, it suppressed all dissent. The Renaissance never happened, the Reformation, the scientific revolution. As the secular states decayed, they fell more and more under the sway of the Church. That began when the Italian city-states started picking clergymen to head their republics. There was a period of religious wars, schismatic more than doctrinal, but Rome prevailed. In the end, the Pope was supreme over all kings in Europe. A sort of Christian Caliphate. "
Catholic world 1200 C.E. Anderson, Poul. The Stars Are Also Fire. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 160. "The [Environmental] Renewal had simply been an extremist faction on an Earth gone generally ideological. People everywhere had been apt to regard productivity the way the medieval Church regarded sex, as inherently sinful, destructive, to be engaged in no more than was required for the survival of the race. Anyway, such was the ideal, and ideals could also constrain the thinking of the majority who didn't really live by them... "
Catholic world 1200 C.E. Anderson, Poul. There Will Be Time. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1972); pg. 98. "In this wise, at the beginning of the thirteenth century which Catholic apologists call the apogee of civilization, did Western Christendom destroy its Eastern flank. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Catholic world 1200 C.E. Beagle, Peter S. The Innkeeper's Song. New York: Penguin Books (1993); pg. 0. [Excerpt from "The Innkeeper's Song ", a frontispiece of the book.] "The rode away with the morning sun,
the white like a queen, the black like a nun,
and the brown one singing with scarlet joy,
and I'll have to get a new stable boy. "
Catholic world 1250 C.E. Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 107. "'Not that Catholics lack melodrama. In the thirteenth century, they imagined me hanging feet downards from Satan's mouth. Next to Brutus.' "
Catholic world 1450 C.E. Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 195. "...fifteenth century C.E... The ecclesiastical councils of Constantine and later of Basel attempted to heal the Great Schism and reform the government of the Church. Here they accomplished it, giving back to the bishops some of the power that over the centuries had accrued to the popes, working out a reconciliation with the Hussites, and making other important changes. As a result, no Protestant breakaway occurred, nor wars of religion, and the Church remained a counterbalance to the state, preventing the rise of absolute monarchies.'

'Why, that's wonderful,' Laurinda whispered.

'Not too wonderful by now,' Christian said grimly. 'What happened?' "

Catholic world 1450 C.E. Gentle, Mary. The Wild Machines. New York: HarperCollins (2000); pg. 13. Pg. 13: "It has France and the Duchy of Savoy at peace, by treaty, with the Carthaginian Empire; it has the ex-Emperor Frederick III of the Holy Roman Empire--now controlled from Carthage--making inroads into ruling the Swiss Cantons as a Visigoth satrap... "; Pg. 116: "a heretic priest " [Other refs., not in DB. The word 'Catholic' is never used and, despite the time period and setting, there is relatively little focus on Catholicism or the Church of the time.]
Catholic world 1500 C.E. Anthony, Piers. Vision of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (1985; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 200. "Finally the Church itself split into an Eastern and a Western branch... and it fractured into Catholic and Protestant groups, and the latter into multiple splits. "
Catholic world 1500 C.E. McAuley, Paul J. Pasquale's Angel. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1994); pg. 129. "The Pope only glanced at this last tableau before jogging his horse forward. Rome supported the contention of Spain that the Savages of the New World, from the innocent Indians of the Friendly Isles to the proud bloodthirsty Mexican and Mayan empires, must be conquered in the name of Christ, & that Florentines were endangering their souls by consorting with Savages and accepting them as equals. "
Catholic world 1532 C.E. Kessel, John "Invaders " (published 1990) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 833. "He stopped before the litter of the Inca, short and steady as a fence post. 'Greetings, my lord, in the name of Pope Clement VII, His Majesty the Emperor Charles V, and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ... Valverde held up the crucifix. 'Our God died on the cross many years ago and rose again to Heaven. He appointed the Pope as His viceroy on earth, and the Pope has commanded King Charles to subdue the peoples of the world and convert them to the true faith...' " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Catholic world 1550 C.E. Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 453. [Year is estimated, and is being referred to by characters who live on Lusitania circa 5298 A.D.] "'Just the way Spain and Portugal got the Pope to divide up the world between their Catholic Majesties back in the old days right after Columbus. A line on a map, and poof--there's Brazil speaking Portuguese instead of Spanish...' "
Catholic world 1550 C.E. Zelazny, Roger. This Immortal. New York: Ace Books (1966); pg. 50. "I even put in the bit about the accidental canonization of Buddha as St. Josaphat in the sixteenth century. "
Catholic world 1640 Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 169. "Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, cardinal of the Church, first minister to His Most Christian Majestry Louis XIII... "; pg. 182: "'...Thus I am also responsible to a certain extent for the Catholic faith, which is to say Christendom...' " [Book has other references to Catholics, not all in DB.]
Catholic world 1691 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 25. "Since I first gained the use of reason my inclnation toward learning has been so violent and strog that neither the scoldings of other people . . . nor my own reflections . . . have been able to stop me from following this natural impulse that God gave me. He alone must know why; and He knows too that I have begged Him to take away the light of my understanding, leaving only enough for me to keep His law, for anything else is excessive in a woman, according to some people. And others say it is even harmful.

--Juana Ines de la Cruz
Reply to the Bishop of Puebla (1691), who had attacked he scholarly work as inappropriate for her sex. "

Catholic world 1693 McIntyre, Vonda N. The Moon and the Sun. New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 89. "'Welcome, cousin. Our estrangement has caused great sorrow.' His Majesty honored the Pope with his courtesy.

'Cousin, I rejoice at the reconciliation of France with Rome. I rejoice at our alliance.'

'Together, we will crush the Protestants. We will eradicate their heresy from France. From Europe. From the world. For the glory of God.'

The enormous crowd erupted ina spontaneous cheer of devotion to God and King. "

Catholic world 1722 Keyes, J. Gregory. A Calculus of Angels. New York: Ballantine (1999); pg. 23. Pg. 23, 82, 86, 153, 283
Catholic world 1888 Willis, Connie. To Say Nothing of the Dog. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 120. "'Blind forces? Professor Peddick said. 'It was character that led to the Magna Carta. King John's ruthlessness, the Pope's slowness in acting, Archbishop Langton's insistence on habeas corpus and the rule of law...' " [This professor is speaking in 1880, perhaps about the formation of the Anglican Church centuries earlier.]
Catholic world 1890 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 40. "'...But did you know that your wife had extreme unction administered to you shortly after you died and that you were buried in a Catholic cemetary--you, the infidel?' "
Catholic world 1890 Farmer, Philip Jose. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. New York: Berkeley Medallion Books (1971); pg. 108. "'Is it true that you converted to the Catholic Church on your deathbed, as your wife claimed?'

'I may have,' [Richard Francies] Burton said. 'Isabel had been after me for years to convert, though she never dared urge me directly. When I was so sick there, at the last, I may have told her would do so in order to make her happy. She was so grief-stricken, so distressed, so afraid my soul would burn in Hell.' "

Catholic world 1912 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 22. "...they talked about the rival Papacies and the colonial wars ravaging the possessions of Spain and Germany and Portugal... Ouillette, a Catholic, called the conversion of Europe 'a patent miracle.' "
Catholic world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 45. "Beyond these, most striking of all, was the skeletal framework of the new St. Paul's Cathedral, astride what must be Ludgate Hill. No bridges crossed the Thames, though there were plans to build one... " [Other references to this church, such as pg. 48: "Beyond the new St. Paul's the town faded into tar-paper shacks, farm clearances, finally patches of raw forest. "]
Catholic world 1920 Wilson, Robert Charles. Darwinia. New York: Tor (1998); pg. 54. "Spiritualism was a heresy in these lately pious times, but it was an Amerian heresy, more acceptable than Catholicism, for instance, with its Latin Masses and absent European Popes. "
Catholic world 1935 Bemelmans, Ludwig. "Putzi " in Laughing Space (Isaac Asimov, ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. (1982; c 1935); pg. 101. "'Who does he think you are? The Pope?...' "
Catholic world 1936 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 63. [Introduction:] "I doubt that there has ever been a pope as universally loved and respected within and without his religion as the late Pope John XXIII. Certainly there has not been a less tyrannical figure to hold his high office for the past couple of centuries. Which is doubtless why the fertile mind of Brian Thomsen, editor of TSR Books, hit upon John when it came time to choose an alternate tyrant. " [Entire story is about Pope John XXIII. Refs. to Catholicism throughout, only a few examples in DB.]
Catholic world 1936 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 63. "In the past the numerous successors to Saint Peter had always chosen cardinals as their confessors, usually senior ones who had been stationed at the Vatican for quite some time, and who also functioned as church consuls, scholars, and advisors. Roncali had chosen McSherry, a Jesuit who at the time was stationed at an isolated mission in Bukidnon in the Philippines for this most confidential of all Vatican appointments, much to the chagrin of the College of Cardinals, whose membership included previous papal confessors who had quite effectively used their privileged position as an effective lobbying tool... "
Catholic world 1939 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 74. "'Imagine it, Steven,' said the papal diplomat, 'a worldwide Christian church. One church for all of the people. Russian, French, Filipino, one church. No longer any barriers caused by political differences. You want to say the Mass in Swahili? Fine, just say the Mass. You want to say Mary was a blonde, okay, she was blonde. These little differences that have driven so many apart will be worked out. Everything is negotiable.'

'Except faith,' put in Steven.

'Yes. Except faith. The faith in the Church of Rome. Christ's church, ecumenical Christianity. Look at England. The monarchy rules in name only. Parliament is the real power. So why is there a need for the Church of England? My friend from America, Mr. Kennedy, will see to that. Peace in Ireland in return for a Catholic England. The change will be gradual at fist, maybe a name change to the Catholic Church of England and Ireland or something.' "

Catholic world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 224. "'Having the Pope join Mussolini in the grave would also be a progressive development. Since the Lizards do not interfere with his bleating preachments, he fawns on them like a cur.'

'But would a successor prove any better?' Shigenori Togo asked. 'Along with this, we must also ask ourselves whether making the Pope into a martyr would in the long run prove harmful by generating for our cause among Catholics all over the world.'

'This may perhaps need to be considered,' Molotov admitted at last. His own instinct was to strike at organized religion wherever and however he could. But the Japanese foreign minister had a point-the political repercussions might be severe. The Pope had no divisions, but many more followed him than had backed Leon Trotsky, now dead with an ice ax in his brain. Not one to yield ground lightly, Molotov added, 'Perhaps the Pope could be eliminated in a way which makes the Lizards appear responsible.' " [More.]

Catholic world 1940 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: In the Balance. New York: Ballantine (1994); pg. 287. "'That's now hot it is,' Fiore told here; but she didn't look convinced. Then he remembered that, till he'd started playing ball and meeting all sorts of people instead of just the ones from his neighborhood, he'd been sure everybody who wasn't Catholic would burn in hell forever. Maybe this devil business was something like that. "
Catholic world 1941 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Tilting the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1995); pg. 408. "The doctor went on, 'You could also remember--if she does conceive, the child would be raised a Catholic. And she might try to insist on your marrying her. I doubt... she would convert [to Judaism]. Would you?' "
Catholic world 1943 Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead. New York: Penguin (1993; c. 1943); pg. 40. "He had time to note a genuine Roman statue in a corner, sepia photographs of the Parthenon, of Rheims Cathedral... " (also pg. 172.)
Catholic world 1944 Turtledove, Harry. Worldwar: Striking the Balance. New York: Del Rey (1996); pg. 263. Pg. 263: "Jager was a Lutheran. He wished he'd grown up Catholic. Crossing himself would have been a comfort. "; Pg. 363: "They went back to the Army and Navy General Hospital... Ban Johnson Field was in Whittington Park, out at the west end of Whittington Avenue. They went past the old Catholic school on Whittington, down past... "
Catholic world 1948 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 75. "In 1953, Roncalli was named the Cardinal of Venice.

In 1958, Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncali was elected by the College of Cardinals as Pope John XXIII. He was considered an interim pope, elected to break a deadlock, and relatively harmless given his advanced age and congenial manner.

The College of Cardinals had made a major error in judgment.

In 1962, Pope John XXIII called for a meeting of the Second Vatican Council. "

Catholic world 1960 Clarke, Arthur C. "Guardian Angel " in The Sentinel. New York: Berkley Books (1983; c. 1950); pg. 28. "'...In any case, what freedom have we lost compared with what the Overlords have given us for the first time in human history?'

'Freedom to control our own lives, under God's guidance.'

Stormgren shook his head.

'Last month, five hundred bishops, cardinals and rabbis signed a joint declaration pledging support for the Supervisor's policy. The world's religions are against you.' "

Catholic world 1960 Davidson, Avram. "The Sources of the Nile " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1960); pg. 266. Pg. 266: "'I've seen the public taste change, let me tell you, my boy, from A Girl of the Limberlost (which was so pure that nuns could read it) to stuff which makes stevedores blench...'

The young man shrugged. 'The nuns were making a comeback. Movies about nuns, books about nuns, nuns on TV, westerns . . . So the publisher said public taste has changed, and could I maybe do him a life of St. Teresa?'


'So I spent through months doing a life of St. Teresa at a furious pace, and when I finished it turned out I'd done the wrong saint. The simple slob had no idea there was any more than one of the name, and I never thought to ask did he mean the Spanish St. Teresa or the French one? D'Avila or The Little Flower?'

'Saints preserve us . . . Say, do you know that wonderful Irish toast? 'Here's to the Council of Trent, that put the fasting on the meat and not on the drink'?' ";

Pg. 293: "a block from the Cathedral " [More, pg. 266-267.]

Catholic world 1963 Freedman, Nancy. Joshua Son of None. New York: Delacorte Press (1973); pg. 8. "As far as Bitterbaum knew, no one had dared propose the step to higher animals. But only technical difficulties stood in the way. When Daniele Petrucci fertilized a human egg in vitro, destroying it on the twenty-ninth day after hearing a heartbeat, a furor followed. the Vatican intervened. The AMA called for a moratorium. Hysterical articles appeared in the popular press. Due to the pressure of opinion, both secular and ecclesiastical, work on cloning continued only in sub rosa fashion. "
Catholic world 1963 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 78. "Father Steven McSherry, S.J. (1911-1963), canonized 2177 as Saint Steven the Confessor. After a noteworthy life as a missionary in the Philippines, establishing the Bukidnon missionary [sic] (upon which site the Second Vatican was constructed after the nuclear holocaust dubbed World War III), he was recalled to Rome to act as confessor to Pope John XXIII (see Roncalli). His refusal to absolve the renegade pope from his sins has invited historians to compare him to such earlier saints as Thomas More and Thomas a Becket. Miracles discovered at the mission he helped to found led to the decision to relocate the Vatican to the grounds upon which he performed his priestly works (ground later discovered to have been uncontaminated by the nuclear firestorm).

(taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia 228956) "

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