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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 world 1963 Thomsen, Brian M. "Infallibility, Obedience, and Acts of Contrition " in Alternate Tyrants (Mike Resnick, ed.) New York: Tor (1997); pg. 77-78. [Alternate history presenting events somewhat opposite the way they really happened.] "Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (1881-1963), nicknamed the 'Twentieth-Century Borgia Pope,' is largely considered to have been directly responsible for the nuclear holocaust known as World War III. As Pope John XXIII, he convened the Second Vatican Council, inciting a religious holy war that resulted in an atomic showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union. He is believed to have died during the initial firestorm that swept Europe and incinerated Rome. "
Catholic world 1964 Elms, Alan C. "Introduction " in Norstrilia (by Cordwainer Smith). Framingham, MA: NESFA Press (1994); pg. xii. "As Linebarger [Cordwainer Smith] and his wife began to embrace Episcopalianism (a compromise between his Protestant and her Catholic upbringing)... "
Catholic world 1964 Knight, Damon. "Mary " in The Best of Damon Knight. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1976; c. 1964); pg. 247. Pg. 247: "Clabert the Priest rose up from his little desk and came toward her with ink-stained fingers, his skirt flapping around his ankles. 'Good morning, cousin, have you a trouble?' " [Much more about Clabert]; Pg. 249: "She could go back to church, and spend another dazed time in the ovicle. 'If you have these confusions again,' the Priest had said. " [No explicit references to Catholicism, or any specific denomination.]
Catholic world 1970 Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 25. "Vancouver; funny old Victoria; the Golden Gate Bridge, upward leap of walls from the Rotterdam waterfront, Salisbury Cathedral... "
Catholic world 1973 Sagan, Carl. Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2000; c. 1973); pg. 216. Pg. 216: "Gregory XI was Pope... " [Also pg. 26.]
Catholic world 1974 Dick, Philip K. Radio Free Albemuth. New York: Arbor House (1985); pg. 133. "'Your help is reaching you from an alternate universe. Another Earth which took a different line of historical development from ours. It sounds like one in which there was no Protestant revolution, no Reformation; the world probably divided between Portugal and Spain, the first major Catholic powers. Their sciences would evolve as servants of religious goals, instead of secular goals as we have in our universe. You have all the constituents for this: help of an obviously religious sort, from a universe, an America, controlled by the first great Catholic sea power. It fits together.' " [More, e.g. pg. 135.]
Catholic world 1975 Anderson, Poul. The Boat of a Million Years. New York: Tor (1989); pg. 295. "Hanno clicked his tongue. 'You know, when you say things like that, I have trouble believing you're a believing Catholic.'

'Separate spheres,' Giannotti answered. 'Ask any competent theologian. And I wish you would, for your own sake, you poor lonely atheist.' Quickly: 'The point is, the material world and the spirit world are not identical.' "

Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 12. "Comparing notes, Goodman and Muldoon emerge with the tentative theory that the Illuminati are Satanists and have infiltrated virtually ever organization from the Catholic Church to freemasonry. "
Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 20. "The Catholic teen-ager he had been in 1946 was no more remote than the crumbling liberal he'd been in 1968.. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 56. "On the wall behind him was a famous painting. It depicted the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV barefoot in the snow at Canossa, but with one foot on the neck of Pope Gregory the Great, who lay prone, his tiara knocked off... "
Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 74. "'Joe, you were raised as a Catholic. Catholics have a finer appreciation of blasphemy than anybody. That's why Hagbard chose you...' "
Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 144. "'...Only a man whose father was an ex-Moslem, and who was himself an ex-Catholic and an ex-engineering student, would have the required complexity..' "
Catholic world 1975 Shea, Robert & Robert Anton Wilson. Illuminatus, Vol. III: Leviathan. New York: Dell (1975); pg. 148. "'You're giving the peace sign, only with your fingers together,' George said, confused.

'That's what comes from being an ignorant Baptist.' Joe laughed. 'As a son of the True Church, I can tell you, George, that Hagbard is giving a Catholic blessing.' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 1. "Hubert Anvil's voice rose above the sound of the choir... reaching the vertex of the loftiest dome in the Old World and the western doors of the longest nave in Christendom... it could scarcely have been a more distinguished assembly at any time: the young King William V himself; the kings of Porugal, of Naples, of Sweden, of Lithuania and a dozen other realms; the Crown Prince of Muscovy and the Dauphin; the brother of the Emperor of Almaigne; the viceroys of India, New Spain and Brazil; the High Christian Delegate of the Sultan-Calif of Turkey; the Vicar-General of the Emperor-Patriarch of Candia; the incumbent Archbishop of Canerbury, Primate of United England; no fewer than twelve cardinals, together with less pre-eminent clergy from all over the Catholic world--these and thousands besides had congregated for the laying to rest of His Most Devout Majesty, King Stephen III of England and her Empire. "
Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 23. [Alt. history novel in which Luther became Pope, Reformation didn't take place.] "'...Now: the Old World is differen too. As well as England, all sorts of other places became Schismatic: Brunswick-Brandenburg, Helvetica, Denmark and the Netherlands. You remember the other day we learned about the Three Northern Popes, starting with Germanian the First in fifteen thirty-five, and how when he was elected he said he wasn't worthy, but would serve for the sake of the unity of Christendom? Well, in this type's world, he was never reconciled to Rome--he neer even wen there: he stayed in Almaigne for the rest of his life as plain Martin Luther. And so, of course, Hadrian the Seventh was never anything but Sir. Thomas More.' "
Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 23. "'The Martin Luther in the story--why did he never go to Rome?'...

'It says here he was afraid to. He thought they might burn him as a heretic.' [Because England had never split from Rome, there was no precedent, and little opposition to Rome.]

Decuman stroked his nose. 'The real Martin Luther had more courage and more wit. He went to Rome and said, 'If you burn me you'll have to burn thousands of other folk too, not only in my country. But if you make me Pope and promise the English it's their turn next and so on, all myfollowers will come around--and if I have to I'll declare a Holy War on Henry and restore Prince Stephen' It must have been like that. Something like that.'

'The Holy Father is appointed by God,' said Mark, crossing himself. 'Not by arrangements between--'

'The Holy Father is a man,' said Decuman, 'and so are the members of the College of Cardinals. They plot ans scheme like other men.'

'Schismatic!' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 63. "Father Matthew Lyall struck a phosphorus and lit the gas-lamp in his room above the express-house. At first sight it was very much a priest's room: small, low-ceilinged, barely furnished, containing indeed only a bed, a chair, a writing-table, a press and a chest-of-drawers in unvarnished wood, a prie-dieu and some hundreds of books. The walls, done over with a dark wash, were bare except for the legally requied crucifix and pious picture--in this case a Virgin and Child identical with millions to be seen throughout Christendom in the habitations of the people. The bed was somewhat larger than one person might have been expected to have a use for, but Father Lyall was a restless sleeper and needed the extra space, or so he would say. The chair was unusually comfortable, but that was no more than the due of a man given to meditation. It was less obvious that the books, except for a few dozen in unlettered bindings, never left their places on their shelves... "
Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 66. "'No compulsion would be necessary.Master Anvil is an exceedingly devout Christian, and is known to be one. A word from the right quarter acquainting him with the divine will in this business, and that would be the end of it.' "
Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 73. "'Go on, Hubert,' said Father Lyall gravely. 'You may say whatever you please to your mother and me. God won't be angry with you.'

'Fornicatoin and adultery. I shall never commit those, and I shall never want to [being a castrato], and wanting to is another sin, isn't it, Father?'

'Yes, my child.'

'What else had papa to say, dearest?'

'He talked of love, mama. He said there were manykinds of love: love of friends, love of brothers and sisters, love of parents, love of children--I shall be able to love children, the children of others. And there's the love of virtue and the love of God, the highest kind. And of course the love of men and women, which is not the highest kind, papa said. He was right, wasn't he?'

'He was quite right, Hubert.'

'Forgive me, Father, but I think I know what mama thinks.'

'Papa was right,' said Margaret, and looked down at her hands, which were clasped in her lap. "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 97. "'Go back no more than four hundred years or so. Over all the time since, Christendom has been a tyranny of a rare sort. By way of the soul it rules the minds of most and the acts of all. As effect, no wars throughout Europe but the one, a war with long breaks of peace, a war against a power that can never be crushed and can be held in only by standing in arms from year to year: the best possible form to draw off any will to rebel or quarrel. And, in the last fifty years, Christendom has finally drubbed a power much more awful than the Turk could ever be, one that now lives on as it can in New England among boors and savages: science. God be praised.'

'Amen,' said Lyall automatically.

'Amen to amen. It was a close thing. A little longer, and science would have abolished God and brought our world to ruin.' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 98. "'You never show much reverence, and I suppose your work here has--'

'Let me show some now. I feel nothing but wonder and gratitude when I look on so many centuries of patience, hope, content, trust, constancy, restraint and certitude, so much art, letters, music, learning, all founded upon one great lie. Ah!--not words, Matthew. At first a lie nobody had the smallest need for, since become the sole necessity. It's lasting makes me wish I had someone to thaik. More revernece for you. But to go back whence you switched me. With the victory over science, the tyranny begins to afford to seem a little soft. Seem, not be. Don't mistake, my dear. Today there's talk in Convocation and even in the Church that thirty years ago would have earned the scaffold. The commonest felons are no more than gaoled. A man can be known to take to his bed whom he pleases and still escape if he's wary and in good regard. But the tyranny stays...' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 111. "If challenged, Hubert would have said that of course he had known that Pope John XXIV wa an Englishman, was a Yorkshireman; but knowledge was different from being faced with the fact. He willed himself to believe that this pleasant, homely-looking person was indeed God's representative on earth and also the most powerful man alive. His father was anwering the question.

'A number of times, Your Holiness. It still fills me with extreme awe. So much to be aware of. Republican Rome, Imperial Rome, medieval Rome, modern Rome, and above all--'

'Ay, there is that. For us, there's almost too much. It's more than eight years since our coronation and we still couldn't truly say we knew the place. And it's not like home. Take our church, for instance,' The Pope moved his dark head to one side, presumably to indicate St. Peter's. 'You must have remarked the outside of it on your way here, Hubert. How did it impress you?' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 114. "'I humbly beg Your Holiness's leave to ask a question.'

'Ask away, lad; have no fear.'

'Your Holiness called me to Rome and has just invited me to take this post. But I'm only a child and you're . . . Your Holiness. All that was needed was to instruct me, or instruct my father to send me. So I . . .'

The Pope chuckled, shook his head to and fro, rested his hand on Hubert's shoulder and resumed progress round the arcade. 'Here's an acute one, he, master? We can see we'll have to admit you both to our counsel. Mind this, now. We can indeed do as we please throughout Christendom. We are the Holy Father.' Again there was emphasis, almost enough to suggest the undisclosed existence of a rival claimant. 'But we're not omnipotent. We can't direct men's minds. Not that we wish to, or at any rate...' " [Much more with material with the Pope, not in DB.]

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 146. "'Same idea. Religion. Hear this between hyou and me: we at home, we hate your Pope and your monks and your priests. Domingo parts from Mexico and comes to New England, the Archbishop of El Paso, he says Domingo isn't a Christian no more, what is to be done?'

'Excommunicated him?'

'Says so. He wants Domingo to go to hell. That don't make Domingo go to hell, but that Archbishop, he don't know that. Goddam popeling. So you come to hide from the prists, we help you. And, see, at home, anybody runs away any time, we help him.' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 22-23. "Thomas answered Decuman's objectio. 'Wait: what has happened is first of all that the Holy victory never took place.'

'What impiety!' said Mark, his little eyes wide.

'Prince Arthur didn't father Stephen the Second or anybody else on the Blessed Catherine of Aragon. When Arthur died, Henry the Abominable married her and continued the dynasty. No Holy Expedition, because there was no true heir to set at its head. No War of the English Succession and so, of course, no Holy Victory. England became altogether Schismatic under the next king, Henry the Ninth, and so, instead of being a place of exile and punishment for Schismatics and common criminal... New England was at first a colony under the English Crown, then, in 1848, declared itself an independent republic, and now, in 1976, it's the greatest Power in the world, under the name of the Union of--' " [Characters explain alt. hist. book, which explains dif. in this reality, with Anglican Church never forming.]

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976); pg. 72-73. [Character who has been selected to become a castrato singer.] "'Papa said'--he found he could go on now--'that it was a pity I couldn't have a wife, but that there were very man men without a wife, like priests and monks and friars, and I shlould be better off than they, because I should never want a wife, and they often do, papa said. Do you ever want a wife, Father?'

'Yes, Hubert, sometimes.'

'Does it make you unhappy, that you mustn't have one?'

'Again, sometimes, but then I remember my promises to God, and I pray to Him to comfort me, and then I . . . But there are priests and others who are often unhappy, I believe.'

'I knew papa was right. Another thing he said was that he was very happy with you, mama, but that he knew men who were very unhappy with their wives, and they must simply go on being unhappy unless they could have an annulment, and that's only possible for very pious servants of the Church...' "

Catholic world 1976 Amis, Kingsley. The Alteration. New York: Viking Press (1976), book jacket. "The year is 1976, and Stephen III, King of England, has lately died. Mozart's Second requiem (K. 878) is being sung at the Cathedral Basilica of St. George at Coverley for the laying-to-rest of the monarch. Above choir and orchestra soars the faultless boy soprano voice of Hubert Anvil. It is a once-in-a-century talent. Although he cannot yet know it, today's performance before a brilliant international congregation, including two emissaries of the Holy office--will alter his destiny but save his voice if certain of his elders have their way.

In the world-as-we-know-it the last such castrato died in 1922, but this is another world altogether, spared the Reformation back in the sixteenth century when Martin Luther became Pope. As Hubert is made aware of what may be in store for him, some unsuspected allies, including his father's not-so-celibate chaplain and New Englander ambassador spring up... "

Catholic world 1976 Kotzwinkle, William. Doctor Rat. New York: Marlowe & Co. (1976); pg. 220. "'...On the steps of the Roman Catholic cathedral, a dead water buffalo, his huge head wedged against the door...' "
Catholic world 1976 Matheson, Richard. What Dreams May Come. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1978); pg. 74. "'Yes, it seems very real,' he agreed.

'And painful.'

'More so than it did originally,' he said, 'because you had no physical body to dull the pain of your re-experienced life. It's a time when men and women come to know what they truly are. A time of purging.'

I'd been looking at the ceiling as he spoke. At his final words, I turned to face him in surprise. 'Is that what the Catholics mean by purgatory?'

'In essence.' He nodded. 'A period during which each soul is cleansed by a self-imposed recognition of past deeds--and misdeeds.'

'Self imposed,' I repeated. 'There really is no outside judgment then?'

'What condemnation could possibly be more harsh than one's own when self-pretense is no longer possible?' he asked. "

Catholic world 1980 Anthony, Piers. Faith of Tarot. New York: Berkley Books (10th printing 1986; 1st ed. 1980); pg. 81. "'In fairness, I must say that this situation is much improved in my day, pehaps again because of your efforts. The Catholic Church stands as a bulwark against oppression, and its priests are persecuted by totalitarian regimes. In broad parts of Asia it has been almost entirely suppressed, and in Europe during recent political upheavals priests were tortured...' " [Many other refs. to Catholicism in book, but most not in DB.]
Catholic world 1981 Bear, Greg. "Petra " in The Wind from a Burning Woman. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House (1983; story copyright 1981); pg. 67. Epigraph: "'God is dead, God is dead' . . . Perdition! When God dies, you'll know it.
--Confessions of St. Argentine

...'As near as I can discover,' he said, 'Mortdieu occurred about seventy-seven years ago. Learned ones deny that magic was set loose on the world, but few deny that God, as such, had died.'

Indeed. That's putting it mildly. all the hinges of our once-great universe fell apart, the axis tilted, cosmic doors swung shut, and the rules of existence lost their foundations. The priest continued in measured, awed tones to describe that time. "

Catholic world 1981 Bear, Greg. "Petra " in The Wind from a Burning Woman. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House (1983; story copyright 1981); pg. 68. "Our Cathedral survived. rationality in this neighborhood, however, had weakened some centuries before Mortdieu, replaced by a kind of rote. The Cathedral suffered. Survivors--clergy and staff, worshipers seeking sanctuary--had wretched visions, dreamed wretched dreams. They saw the stone ornaments of the Cathedral come alive. With someone to see and believe, in a universe lacking any other foundation, my ancestors shook off stone and became flesh. Centuries of rock celibacy weighted upon them. Forty-nine nuns who had sought shelter in the Cathedral were discovered and were not entirely loath, so the coarser versions of the tale go. Mortdieu had had a surprising aphrodisiacal effect on the faithful, and conjugation took place... Those who had accepted the embraces of the stone saints and other human figures were less abused but still banished to the upper reaches. " [Many other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
Catholic world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 345. "'...An Empire which could, and once did, comprise any people or peoples regardless, and had a life, a crown, borders and capitals of the greatest mutability. You will remember Voltaire's dig: that it was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire. Yet in some sense it existed until (as we have thought) its last Emperor, Francis II, resigned the title in 1806. Well: my contention is, gentlemen, that the Holy Roman Empire did not pass away then either. It continued to exist. It continued, like an amoeba, to shift, crawl, expand, contract; and that while Russell Eigenblick slept his long sleep (exactly eight hundred years by my reckoning)-while, in effect, we all slept--it crept and slid, shifting and drifting like the continents, until it is now located here, where we sit... This city may even be its Capital: though probably only its Chief City.' "
Catholic world 1981 Crowley, John. Little, Big. New York: Bantam (1981); pg. 346. "'And Russell Eigenblick?' she asked of no one. 'He was once its Emperor. Not its first, who was of course Charlemagne (about whom the same sleep-wake story was for a while told) nor its last, nor even its greatest. Vigorous, yes; talented; uneven in temperament; no administrator; steady, but generally unsuccessful, in war. It was he who, by the way, added the 'holy' to his Empire's name. About 1190 he chose, with the Empire generally at peace and the Pope for the moment off his back, to go on crusade. The Infidel only briefly felt his scourge; he won a battle or two, and then, crossing a stream in Armenia, he fell from his horse, and was too weighted down by his armor to get out. He drowned. So says Gregorovius, among other authorities... But in fact that Emperor, despite his birth and his name, was no German. He was Emperor of all the world, or at least all Christendom. He was heir to French Charlemagne and Roman Caesar...' " [More, not in DB, pg. 346-347.]
Catholic world 1981 Wolfe, Gene. The Claw of the Conciliator. New York: Timescape Books (1981); pg. 299. "'Appendixes: Social Relationships in the Commonwealth "; "The religious... Like the Roman Catholic clegy of our own day, they appear to be members of various orders, but unlike them they seem subject to no uniting authority. "
Catholic world 1982 Fisch, Sholly. "One Night Only " in X-Men: Legends (Stan Lee, ed.) New York: Berkley Boulevard (2000); pg. 118. "Maybe that was it. For someone like Kurt, forced to hide for so much of his life, the joy of taking center stage must be beyond words. In the circus, Kurt could show off his God-given talents without fear... " [This passage reflects Kurt Wagner's beliefs that his mutant powers are a gift from God. He is a strong Catholic, although this story doesn't deal much with this aspect of the character. Kurt and Kitty Pryde are the primary characters of the story.]
Catholic world 1982 Straub, Peter. Koko. New York: E. P. Dutton (1988); pg. 554. "On the steps of the Cathedral, bodies lie sprawled and twisted... "
Catholic world 1984 Claremont, Chris. New Mutants, Vol. 1, No. 20: "Badlands ". New York: Marvel Comics Group (Oct. 1984); pg. 9. Roberto: "Can't--break loose! Reverting to normal--! She-demon . . . draining my powers--my life! Blessed Madonna, have mercy--help me! "
Catholic world 1984 Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. New York: Ballantine (1984); pg. 113. "'Margrethe my love, as deputy executive secretary of Churches United for Decency I was in daily contact with members of every Protestant sect in the country and in liaison association with many Roman Catholic clerics on matters where we could join in a united front. I learned that my own church did not have a monopoly on virtue. A man could be awfully mixed up in religious fundamentals and still be a fine citizen and a devout Christian.'

I chuckled as I recalled something and went on, 'Or to put it in reverse, one of my Catholic friends, Father Mahaffey, told me that even I could squeeze into Heaven, because the Good Lord in his infinite wisdom made allowances for the ignorance and wrongheadedness of Protestants.' "

Catholic world 1984 Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1949); pg. 211, 257. [The Catholic Church is mentioned by name and discussed at length on page 211. On page 211 (or 257) the Catholic Church during the Inquisition is said to have been mild compared to the totalitarian regimes all around the world in Orwell's imagined future of 1984. On page 257 the Inquisition is again mentioned.]
Catholic world 1985 Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 133. "...the religious networks, where, with sustained and general excitement, the Message [from extraterrestrials] was being discussed... The Message, Ellie believed, was a kind of mirror in which each person sees his or her own beliefs challenged or confirmed... Catholics debated the extraterrestrial state of grace. "
Catholic world 1986 Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth Vol. 2: Black Genesis. Los Angeles, CA: Bridge Publications (1986); pg. 268. "Holy Roman Emperor
Catholic world 1986 Martin, George R. R. "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond " in Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (George R.R. Martin, ed.) New York: Bantam (1988); pg. 125. "Why must we draw these lines, these fine distinctions, these labels and barriers that set us apart?... capitalist and communist, Catholic and Protestant, Arab and Jew, Indian and Ladino... "
Catholic world 1988 Godwin, P. Waiting for the Galactic Bus. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 41. "He inspected Barion's watch cap, pea coat and jeans gone ragged at the knee. 'Don't you ever dress?'

'Only for ex-popes and defunct Episcopalians,' Barion retorted brusquely. 'Listen, kid--we're in trouble.' " [The text refers to a character's manner of dress as he prepares to meet the recently deceased.]

Catholic world 1989 Simmons, Dan. Phases of Gravity. New York: Bantam (1989); pg. 31. "He reached into his pocket and with withdrew the Saint Christopher's medal.

'My father gave this to me when I went off to the Marines,' he said. 'My father and I didn't have much in common. . . .'

'Was he Catholic?'

Baedecker laughed. 'No, he wasn't Catholic. . . . Dutch Reformed . . . but his grandfather had been Catholic. This thing's come a long way.' Baedecker told her about the medal's trip to the moon.

'Jesus,' said Maggie. 'And St. Christopher's not even a saint anymore, is he?'


'That doesn't matter, does it?'

'No.' "

Catholic world 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 69. "Cardinal Simon Palestrina--of the Vatican Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, and now de facto a legate to the Court of Novus Ordo--wrapped his cloak against the October wind and grimly regarded the approaching coast of the New World.

The bleakness of the coast was mirrored in the Cardinal's face... " [Other refs., not in DB. The Cardinal is the character featured in the interlude titled 'Norvus Ordo', pg. 69 through 83, also pg. 144-149, etc.]

Catholic world 1989 Wilson, Robert Charles. Gypsies. New York: Doubleday (1989); pg. 73. "Evil, this last century, had been what the Americans would call a growth stock. no one seemed exempt from it. Even the [Catholic] Church--he allowed himself a mildly blasphemous thought--even the Church had committed acts that might be called excessive. The Teutonic Inquisition, its oppression of the Jews and the Poles, doctrine wielded for political ends while Rome herself stood mute.

But that was history. History was replete with oppression... "

Catholic world 1990 Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 176. "Tamberly sometimes recalled Catholic acquaintances, respectful toward their prietss but not slavish and not uncommonly in disagreement. "
Catholic world 1990 Anderson, Poul. The Shield of Time. New York: Tor (1990); pg. 357. "'Some evolutions are, on balance, better than others. This is simply a fact, like the fact that some stars shine brighter than others. You have seen a Western civilization in which the Church engulfed the state, and on ein which the state engulfed the Church. What you have rescued is that fruitful tension between Church and state out of which, despite ever pettiness, blunder, corruption, farce, and tragedy--out of which grew the first real knowledge of the universe and the first strong ideal of liberty...' "
Catholic world 1990 Rice, Anne. The Witching Hour. New York: Ballantine (1993; c. 1990); pg. 252. "'Then there is the house outside of London, and our largest house, and our most secret perhaps, in Rome. Of course the catholic Church doesn't like us. It doesn't understand us. It puts us with the devil, just as it did the witches, and the sorcerers, and the Knights Templar, but we have nothing to do with the devil. If the devil exists, he is no friend to us . . .' "
Catholic world 1992 Tepper, Sheri S. Sideshow. New York: Bantam (1993; c. 1992); pg. 4. "...his being asleep gave her a little time to think about what he'd said, that he'd worked it out with the Blessed Virgin. It didn't exactly surprise her. Well, it did, but then it didn't. Lots of things Leksy did seemed kind of surprising at first, but not after you thought about them. The whole Korsyzczy family was religious. No, pious. That was the word. Maybe a little more pious than was good for them. Who else did she know besides Leksy who had five sisters who were nuns and three older brothers in holy orders. Holiday dinner at their house was like a convocation! And they were all the time dragging religion into everything, like God was watching every breath you took! Like your whole life was bugged for holy! " [Other Catholic refs., not in DB, particularly pg. 4-8, 20-25. After that, not so much.]
Catholic world 1992 Tepper, Sheri S. Sideshow. New York: Bantam (1993; c. 1992); pg. 6. "Father was father, so it was the right advice, necessarily. The priest was almost seventy-five; he firmly believed that Vatican II had been a hallucination; he still said Mass in Latin whenever he thought nobody was listening; and he had never, even as a boy, felt in himself the slightest sexual urge, a fact he mentioned from time to time during premarital counseling sessions with a kind of quiet pride. Father Jabowsky took marital ex on faith, the same way he took transubstantiation. The church said the sacrament was there, so it was there, even though Father couldn't see it, smell it, or taste it. You could tell it was there from the effects. Grace on the one hand. Babies on the other. "
Catholic world 1992 Tepper, Sheri S. Sideshow. New York: Bantam (1993; c. 1992); pg. 21. "Besides, they [Siamese twins] were born in a Catholic hospital that had a medical ethicist on staff. At one time there had been a priest who had said yes or no, but now there was a medical ethicist who said the same things... The priest who, just to be safe, baptized them immediately after birth did it twice. There was no question in anyone's mind that there were two babies there. "
Catholic world 1993 Harrison, Harry. "Rescue Operation " in Stainless Steel Visions. New York: Tor (1993); pg. 165. "'Neither demon nor devil, can't you get that through your mind? The church recognizes the possibility of creatures from other planets--the Jesuits even argue about it--so why can't you? Even the Pope believes there is life on other worlds.'

'Does he? Does he?' the old man asked...

The priest stopped in the doorway, quivering fingers on his rosary, uncertain. " [More, not in DB. The priest is a major character.]

Catholic world 1993 Modesitt, Jr., L.E. Of Tangible Ghosts. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 122-251. "Leaders of virtually all major religious orders, but particularly those of the Anglican-Baptists, the Roman Catholic Church, the Spirit of God, the Unified Congregation of the Holy Spirit, and the Latter Day Saints, have taken positions firmly opposing such research... "
Catholic world 1993 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 170. [Julie Katz apparently visits Hell.] "Day by day, the categories of iniquity grew even more arbitrary and excessive. Julie could understand why there was an Island of Atheists. Ditto the Island of Adulterers, the Island of Occultists, the Island of Tax Dodgers. Depending on one's upbringing, the precincts reserved for Unitarians, Abortionists, Socialists, Nuclear Strategists, and Sexual Deviates made sense. But why the Island of Irish Catholics? The Island of Scotch Presbyterians? Christian Scientists, Methodists, Baptists?

'This offends me,' she said...

The devil's [replied] 'Throughout history, admission to Hell has depended on but one criterion... You must belong to a group some other group believes is heading there.'

'That's perverse.'

'It's also the law...' "

Catholic world 1993 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 170. "'I can't imagine a Methodist doing anything particularly damning. Why would--?'

'Like all Protestants, Methodists abandoned the True Church. Only through the Apostolic Succession can a person partake of Christ's continued spiritual presence on earth. This is basic stuff, Julie.'

'Catholics, then. They remained faithful to--'

'Are you serious? With their Mariolatry, Trinity, purgatory, indulgences? How unbiblical can you get?' "

Catholic world 1993 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 171. [Julie asks the devil if particular people are in Hell. Everybody but four people are in Hell.] "'Gandhi?' she suggested weakly.

'A Hindu.'

'Martin Luther King?'

'His sex life.'

'Saint Paul?'

'The feminists wanted his ass.'

The Madonna?'

'A rock star.'

'No, the Madonna.'

'A Catholic.' "

Catholic world 1994 Bradbury, Ray. "Zaharoff/Richter Mark V " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 23. "'They never knew or found out. We met in secret, covered our tracks. A small klan, a wee band of conspirators in every country in ever age. Like the Masons, eh? Or some Inquisitional Catholic sect? Or an underground Muslim grot. It didn't take many or much...' "
Catholic world 1994 Milan, Victor. "My Sweet Lord " in Wild Cards: Book II of a New Cycle: Marked Cards (George R. R. Martin, ed.) New York: Baen (1994); pg. 95. "Belew slapped his hands down on his khaki-clad thighs. 'For an old hippie burn-out, you turn in a fair imitation of a Jesuit, Mark.'

'How would you know? You're an Episcopalian.'

'but us High-Church Anglicans are Catholic wannabes, remember. We keep a close eye on the bead rattlers. You Methodists wouldn't know about that.' "

Catholic world 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 129. "Lazarus said the missionaries seemed Roman Catholic mendicants, a lay order, possibly a rogue order. They offered us assistance and what supplies they had. Lazarus also said they behaved strangely, as if none of what we were witnessing was out-of-the-ordinary. " [More.]
Catholic world 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 135. "Father Saint Stephen seemed, in his soft piety, to be a fair and suggestively anonymous version of the sort of priest the Roman Catholic Church, in my readings, favored as voice and authority. However, he was not an ordinary religionist. Indeed, I can make the good guess now that he was an Englishman--his manner, his accent, his contrived passion. He was certainly not an opposite to Grandfather. They shared egotistical discipleship, bore their burdens with pridefulness and impiety. It was Father Saint Stephen whom we had heard laugh, joined by his brethren; they thought Grandfather's Lutheranism an amusement. " [More.]
Catholic world 1995 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 141. "Father Saint Stephen set himself, as if to begin another apology. I can suppose now that what entertained hose two was their opportunity to argue the Reformation once again: works, faith, justification, sacraments, Martin Luther, and tireless rhetoric. How revealing of them, and their confessions of faith, that they stood eager to dispute abstractions as if in an ecclesiastical court while hundreds agonized in the hold. They did agree on preening talk. They did not agree on correct course of action, the Catholic priest to help others first in order to help himself, the Lutheran pastor to help himself first in order to help others. " [More.]
Catholic world 1995 Bradbury, Ray. "One More, Legato " in Quicker Than the Eye. New York: Avon Books (1996; c. 1995); pg. 195. "'Jesus, Joseph, and Mary,' he said, aghast. 'It works.'... What kind of birds are those?'

'The birds of forever, the small beasts of an Immaculate Musical Conception. Something,' said Fentriss, 'has made them with child and its name is song--' "

Catholic world 1995 Jonas, Gerald. "The Shaker Revival " in The Ruins of Earth: An Anthology of Stories of the Immediate Future. (Thomas M. Disch, ed.) New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons (1971); pg. 278. "Me--I fold my bed in the morning, push a juice-horn in the band and talk to reporters when they ask for me. That doesn't make me Pope. "

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