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Catholic world 1996 Fry, Stephen. Making History. New York: Random House (1996); pg. 243. "Propaganda was of huge importance and the recruitment to the party of Josef Gobbels (q.v.), an academic Rhinelander of strict Catholic upbringing who had been rejected for war service on account of a polio-crippled leg... "
Catholic world 1996 Leon, Mark. The Unified Field. New York: Avon Books (1996); pg. 123. "Ira was overwhelmed by the interior of the Palace of the Sun. He had seen the Parthenon, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Paul's Cathedral. They all seemed pale imitations. "
Catholic world 1996 Morrow, James. "The Covenant " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 127. "Two--'You will not make yorself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven or on earth . . .' Here again lie seeds of discord. Imagine the ill feeling this commandment will generate toward the Roman Church.'

...'We'll have to paint over the Sistine Chapel.' "

Catholic world 1996 Morrow, James. "The Tower " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 67. "'...Given that you're a practicing Catholic, perhaps I should summon a priest...' "
Catholic world 1997 Byrne, John. Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing (1997); pg. 188. Pg. 188: "'...Jesus said God knew all our thoughts. He cautioned against public prayer, because it was for personal glory, not the glorification of God.'

'And yet you are a representative of a church that revels in public prayer, are you not? And we enjoy the public displays of devotion our worshipers grant to us.'

'It's true the Catholic Church is fond of pomp and pageantry,' Morris said. 'But that's never been part of my job. It was always at a lower level, a more intimate level with the public.' ";

Pg. 190: "There was still enough of the Catholic priest in Donald Morris that he was not quick to accept the notion that God was somehow a reduction of the old gods, the other gods men worshiped. "

Catholic world 1997 Ing, Dean. Flying to Pieces. New York: Tom Doherty Associates (1997); pg. 203. "'Is the Pope Polish?'

...'The Pope's a Polack?' "

Catholic world 1997 Morrow, James. Only Begotten Daughter. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1990); pg. 172. "...howls of despair--Catholic despair, Protestant despair, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist--shot from the semitrailers. "
Catholic world 1998 Bradley, Marion Zimmer & Holly Lisle. In the Rift. New York: Baen (1998); pg. 135. "Remember the genocides of African tribes by other African tribes, and Cambodian regimes wiping out their own people and Serbian and Croatian killing off each other even though they were neighbors and had been all their lives. Don't forget land grabs and religious wars, Torquemada and Cortez and the American West, inquisitions and political liars and graft and vice and Tammany Hall and organized crime.

What do you have to hold up against that? Mother Teresa? Miep Gies? If people are basically good, why are almost all the examples bad?
Catholic world 1998 Disch, Thomas M. The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World. New York: Simon & Schuster (2000; c. 1998); pg. 150. "These are immemorial religious traditions, and so it's little wonder that the National Council of Churches and the Catholic church have entered amicus briefs in support of Scientology in many court battles. "
Catholic world 1998 Sterling, S. M. Island in the Sea of Time. New York: Penguin (1998); pg. 268. "...or the more turbulent medieval European countries, say the Holy Roman Empire. "
Catholic world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 39. "Allegedly we [the Business] still store a few items which the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire asked us to look after; sadly, nothing quite as dramatic as the body of Christ of the Holy Grail, but I've heard on good authority that we have in our possession at least one extra book the scholars don't know about which could well have made it into the Bible... "
Catholic world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 51. "My own theory is that one of our Level One people bumped into a high-ranking Catholic at a party once and discovered he was talking to a Knight of Malta, accredited through the Vatican to all the best diplomatic courts (Lee Iacocca, for example).

This would leave our Level One exec at a disadvantage, because only Catholics can become Knights of Malta, and there is a strict rule in the Business that all Executives -- anybody above Level Six -- must renounce all religious affiliations, the better to devote themselves to pursuing a life dedicated to Mammon. "

Catholic world 1999 Banks, Iain. The Business. New York: Simon & Schuster (1999); pg. 98. "According to which one [Web site] you choose to believe, we [the Business] are either:... the militant commercial wing of the Roman Catholic Church (as if, given the antics of the Banco Ambrosio and the Black Friars, they needed one)... a zombie-like remnant of the Holy Roman Empire, which has risen from the grave, unspeakably putrid but grotesquely powerful, to re-impose European dominance over the New World in general and the USA in particular through sneaky cosmopolitan business practices and the introduction of the Euro... "
Catholic world 1999 Batchelor, John Calvin. The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. New York: Dial Press (1983); pg. 225. "Through Roman Catholic Church auspices, he had been adopted at the age of four by the Furores, along with Orlando the Black and babe, who had been resident in the same orphanage. Lazarus was schooled by Dominican priests in Chicago, a private school, exclusive, almost entirely white except for him and his new brothers. There, he said, he learned disgust for the Roman Catholic Church, what Lazarus called 'holy chains.' He said that only once; it was atypical of his sense of humor... Lazarus concluded his confession by saying that, when he had attacked Father Saint Stephen, he had been out of his mind with revulsion for what he said was the pious gangsterism of the Church that had crushed his mother, and very likely shamed her to give up her bastard to strangers. Then he seemed to reformulate, clarify, that mind of his, pounding, forging: 'I killed him because I felt like it. It was stupid, an intellectual waste...' "
Catholic world 1999 Hand, Elizabeth. Glimmering. New York: HarperCollins (1997); pg. 89. "'He's a kind of saint, Jack. I mean, a real, live saint, like Mother Teresa, or--well, I don't know. Thomas Merton, maybe? The Dalai Lama? I mean, I've met the Dalai Lama, Jack, and it wasn't like this.' "
Catholic world 1999 Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 19. "It was possible he knew what I had had to do with the murder of Pope John Paul I. "
Catholic world 1999 Morrow, James. "Diary of a Mad Deity " in Bible Stories for Adults. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co. (1996); pg. 203. "November 19, 1999

Voices chatter within me, a cacophony of failed communication and successful disgust. My liberals scream at my conservatives. My racists spew epithets at my minorities. My fundamentalist Protestants condemn my Catholics to hell. "

Catholic world 2000 Anderson, Poul. Genesis. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 193. Pg. 193: "'Relax,' Laurinda urged. 'It's beautiful.'

He did his best, and indeed the Roman Catholic mass at the hour of tierce sang some tranquility into his heart.

After the Nunc Dimittis, when clergy and laity had departed, the two could wander around and savor. Emerging at last, they spent a while looking upon the carven tawny limestone of the front. This was no Parthenon; it was a different upsurging of the same miracle. "; Pg. 194: "...displayed a cross of St. Andrew of which was superimposed a two-headed gold eagle. "

Catholic world 2000 Knight, Damon. Rule Golden in Three Novels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (c. 1954); pg. 58. Pg. 58: "Roman Catholics, in most places celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration as usual, awaiting advice from Rome. "; Pg. 68: "The Pope was silent... On the 12th, after a brief but by no means bloodless putsch, the Spanish Republic was re-established; the British government fell once and the French government twice; and the Vatican issued a sharp protest against the ill-treatment of priests and nuns by Spanish insurgents. "
Catholic world 2000 Leong, Russell. "Virgins and Buddhas " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000); pg. 231. "I would stand behind Buddha and ask a friend to take a picture of me hidden behind. Nobody would be able to see me in the photograph. Only Buddha and I would know where I stood. Ma and her Virgin Mary, silent and wooden, which reflected the light of the votive candle Ma used sometimes on special holidays. But she bowed to Ba's ancestral shrine and lit incense up at the same time. When I was a child, I waited to see which would go out first: the wick of the candle or the orange point of the lit punk stick. Who would win: virgins or Buddhas. "
Catholic world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 76. "From a quick glance, a casual observer might mistake him [Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler] for a demon straight out of a devout Roman Catholic's nightmare of hell; in reality, though, he was a kind, loving man, and a well-respected member of the group. " [Some other refs., not in DB.]
Catholic world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 237. "Heavenly Father, grant me the strength to survive this ordeal . . .

Kurt Wagner had always been a devout Roman Catholic; in his younger days, he'd even considered joining the priesthood. An ironic situation, given his demonic appearance.

Of course, the lure of the seminary had been ultimately replaced by a higher calling of sorts--the chance to aid Professor Charles Xavier in bringing about his dream of humanity and mutantkind one day walking hand in hand, down the path of everlasting peace. It had been the right choice to make, Kurt had always been certain of that, and up till now he had never been proven wrong. Thus, secure in mind and spirit, he had devoted his life to The Dream, rarely feeling the need to bother the Almighty with pleas for assistance.

But if ever there was a time he truly needed the Lord's help, that time was now... " [Many other refs. to Kurt, but not extensive refs. to Catholicism. All refs. by name thought to be in DB.]

Catholic world 2000 Roman, Steven A. X-Men/Doctor Doom: The Chaos Engine. New York: BP Books (2000); pg. 260. "Kurt angrily shook his head. Giving into despair would do him no good. He had to believe there was a way to endure; had to believe that an opportunity for escape would present itself soon, before time ran out for everyone in this dimension. Right now, faith in such intangibles was the only thing keeping him sane.

What was it that Paul the Apostle says in the Bible? he thought, then nodded in remembrance. 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' "

Catholic world 2000 Sawyer, Robert J. Calculating God. New York: Tor (2000); pg. 147. "And there are millions of Christians who believe in the holy threefer of, as one of my Catholic friends occasionally quipped, Big Daddy, Junior, and the Spook. "
Catholic world 2000 Toibin, Colm. "Excerpt from The Heather Blazing " in Circa 2000: Gay Fiction at the Millennium (Robert Drake & Terry Wolverton, eds). Los Angeles, CA: Alyson Pub. (2000; c. 1992); pg. 378. "And she agreed that it was a bad example or younger girls, especially in a Catholic school. "
Catholic world 2001 Bradbury, Ray. From the Dust Returned. New York: HarperCollins (2001); pg. 9. "There were enough beams within to roof St. Peter's and enough windows to sun-blind a bird migration. "
Catholic world 2001 Callenbach, Ernest. Ecotopia. New York: Tor (1977; c. 1975); pg. 96. "It is clear, thus, that the abhorent spectacle of fine young men deliberately trying to kill each other is a semi-religious rite and a practice not lightly instituted, no matter what we Americans may think of it. It may indeed have antecedents in the institution of bullfighting, in football, in the Mass, or in the ritual wars of savage tribes. "
Catholic world 2002 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 122. Pg. 122: "More puzzling was the fact that the American President, the Soviet General Commissioner, the Japanese PM, and half a dozen other people were in Rome at a meeting chaired by Pope John Paul (American media loved to call him PJP) and it sounded like fighting--what fighting?--had stopped everywhere. "; Pg. 123: "As far as I could figure it, an indocom was an apartment building linked to a mall linked to a factory, where you had to be a member to live and work there; the Ecucatholics, who were apparently Pope PJP's people, were building a lot of them, and it sounded as if, mysteriously, there weren't many other churches anymore, though the few there were didn't like the Ecucatholics much. I wasn't' sure who wrote the Global Habitability Report, or who they wrote it for, but it must be highly respected because every politician referred to it at least twice per minute. " [Other refs. to 'Ecucatholics', not in DB.]
Catholic world 2002 Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 74. "'Life is full of pain and disappointment. Why prolong the misery?'

'I don't believe life is all pain and misery,' I said.

'I'm a Catholic,' Betty Shun said, still searching my face with her eyes. 'I know the world is bad. My grandmother is a Buddhist. She knows the world is illusion. I want to live a healthy life, a useful life, but I don't want to live forever. Something better is in the wings.' "

Catholic world 2002 McDonald, Ian. Evolution's Shore. New York: Bantam (1997; c. 1995); pg. 10. Pg. 10, 25, 175: nun Pg. 103: "Madonna in an icon " (also pg. 217-218); Pg. 175: confession; Pg. 185: cathedral (also pg. 230); Pg. 264: "'...but they are not offenses against God or Allah or the holy church...' "; Pg. 338; "...had shifted focus to a Roman Catholic church. "
Catholic world 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 105. Book jacket: "Joshua Ali Quare wakes in 2109... "; "There were rumors that this new Pope, Paul John Paul, was going to do something for world peace. One of my contacts had laughed and said he must have some divisions no one had heard about. "
Catholic world 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 172. "Behind the whole disaster that Reconstruction was turning into was PJP, Pope Paul John Paul. He'd gotten his prestige by brokering the peace settlement that ended the Eurowar, which is to say, he'd started out by costing us plenty. But the Ecucatholic Movement he had launched at the same time was the kicker. "
Catholic world 2003 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 172. "...the Ecucatholic Movement [Pope Paul John Paul] had launched [2003] was the kicker. The policy documents frankly admitted the Organization had misread Ecucatholicism. They had thought it was mere PR, or a recruiting method. By the time the Organization learned how much more it was, it was too late for shooting the Pope to solve the problem. By canonizing practically every Protestant leader since the Reformation, and then establishing the principle of 'surface forms and deep forms,' whatever that was (apparently a lot of theologians were turning out book after book explaining it), PJP had somehow gotten millions of Protestants to come back under the Roman umbrella. Realizing that there was now a Saint Brigham Young and a Saint Mary Baker Eddy gave me an idea of how far things had gone. "
Catholic world 2007 Knight, Damon. A Reasonable World. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 137. [A disease caused by 'McNulty's Symbiont' has spread through the population of Earth, causing behavioral and brain changes.] "His Holiness Clement XV, the Bishop of Rome, Defender of the Faith, etc., etc., formerly Clarence Cardinal Morphy of Chicago, was a worried man. All over the world, the faithful were flaking away. Church attendance was down, in some places by almost half; contributions were down by more than that. Number of seminarians, down; nuns and lay brothers, down. Birthrate of Catholic families, down. Resignations of priests, up. It looked to the Pope as if he had been called to preside over the dissolution of the Church. "
Catholic world 2007 Knight, Damon. A Reasonable World. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 137-138. "It was not to the point, he [the Pope] thought now, that other religions were suffering as well; he had a fraternal sympahy for them, but they were not his lookout. He must save as much of the Church as he could. He knew he could not save it all.

This world tour-- The travel and the speeches were exhausting, the crowds scanty. He was getting good media attention, but always in the context of crisis. He had been to Mexico and South America, pleading with the faithful not to turn their backs; now he was going to the Philippines by way of Japan. The ocean habitat Sea Venture was docked at Manilla... " [There are a few other mentions of Catholicism in the book, not in DB.]

Catholic world 2008 Knight, Damon. Why Do Birds. New York: Tor (1992); pg. 211. "Aren't you multiplying entities?' asked Dr. Coleman.

'No, because we're trying to account for real phenomenon. The effects would be masked by things we already know about--indoctrination, peer pressure, and son on--but these substances, if they exist, would account for a good many rather puzzling things. Ninety-nine point something percent of Mormons who grow up in Mormon communities and go to Mormon colleges remain Mormons. The apostasy rate for Catholics is higher, because they often go to secular colleges, and the rate for Protestants is higher still.' "

Catholic world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 93. [News report] "Pope Benedict XVI has announced a grueling schedule of international visits. He invites Catholics and non-Catholics to attend his masses, designed to give comfort to those who lost loved ones during the Flashforward. When questioned about whether the Flashforward constituted a miracle, the pontiff reserved judgment. "
Catholic world 2009 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 227. "Although he had no formal voice in the UN debate, Pope Benedict XVI weight into the fray, announcing that the visions were fully consistent with Catholic doctrine. That attendance at masses had swollen enormously since the Flashforward was doubtless a factor in the pontiff's stance. "
Catholic world 2010 Anthony, Patricia. Cold Allies. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1993); pg. 217. "The touch of the pointer had killed the Arab. The officer's face had changed in an instant from moist brown to desiccated beige. Which had answered some questions. Angels, even those consigned to Purgatory, didn't kill people. And only one think killed like that. " [Also, pg. 250. Some characters are Catholics, but not explicitly identified as such.]
Catholic world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 77. Pg. 77: "'Yeah, but I mean, even if he does have a clean genotype a guy with a proper sense of social responsibility just doesn't have five kids in this day and age!... No, I say he must be one of these Right Catholic bleeders. And I want him out!' "; Pg. 80: "The set had recently shown him a SCANALYZER programme, and the details of... anti-Right Catholic riots and muckers at large, had depressed him into a near-stupor. "; Pg. 82: "Scene: a cathedral during morning service.

Cast: Bishop and congregation.

Detail: a smear along the front rim of the pulpit...

Truth: 'I take my text from the Book of Revelation of St. John the Divine, from the seventeenth chapter, and from the first verse of that chapter...' " [Many other refs., most not in DB. See also pg. 95, 98.]

Catholic world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 159. "'On this basis, it's fairly certain that Christianity won't last out the twenty-first century. To take but a couple of prime instances: the hiving off from Rome of the so-called Right Catholics, and the appearance of the Divine Daughters as an influential pressure group. The former exhibits a remarkable deviation from the traditional attitude of the Catholic Church as an institution that above all concerned itself with the family, Western style... None of these bears even the slight relevance to contemporary reality which a sympathetic eye... can detect in similar statements originating from the Vatican. And the latter, who professedly model themselves on the mediaeval orders of nuns...' "
Catholic world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 227. "'Right Catholic saboteurs today exploded a time-bomb aboard a shihp carrying desperately-neede contraceptive pills to Bombay, India...' "
Catholic world 2010 Brunner, John. Stand on Zanzibar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1968); pg. 462-463. "...have lots of babies and she'd die but she would go to heaven because that's what all Right Catholics were supposed to do...

...'Hey look!... He's Pope Eglantine's special representative, the daddy of them all!'...

'Hey, big man making five prodgies! And left the one with two, did you? Whassamatter, wouldn't she breed any more Right Catholics with you?'...

'Why don't you complain to Pope Eglantine, darling? Get him to call down the wrath of heaven on us!...' "

Catholic world 2010 Brunner, John. The Sheep Look Up. New York: Harper & Row (1972); pg. 43. "That decision had caused trendy Catholic television spokesmen to mention openly the possibility that the Church might recognize a new category of 'secular saints.' " [Some other refs. not in DB, but not many. See also pg. 118-119.]
Catholic world 2010 Bury, Stephen. Interface. New York: Bantam (1994); pg. 495. "'There are only five entities in the world with sufficient wisdom to pursue consistent strategies over periods over several centuries... These entities are not national or governmental in nature--even the best governments are dangerously unstable and short-lived. Such an entity is self-preserving and self-perpetuating. A world war, or the rise and fall of an empire or an alliance such as the USSR or NATO, is no more serious, to it, than a gust of wind buffeting the sails of a clipper ship.'

'What are these entities?'...

'In no particular order, one is the Catholic Church. One is Japan--which is nothing more than a group of zaibatsus, or major industrial combines...' "

Catholic world 2010 Card, Orson Scott. "America " (published 1987) in The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Ursula K. Le Guin & Brian Atterbery, editors). New York: W. W. Norton & Co. (1993); pg. 669. "He shrugged. 'Maybe not to Catholics.'

'You're Protestant?'

He shook his head. 'Mormon. But I'm a heretic.'

She laughed. "; Pg. 680: "'Some Catholic you are,' said Sam. 'I don't believe in your Indian gods.' "

Catholic world 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 100-101. "Peter would eventually want to do studies throughout their individual terms on multiple women, but the initial results were clear. The soulwave arrived sometime between the ninth and tenth week of pregnancy. before that, it simply did not exist.... The implications were profound. Why, if the Pope could be convinced that the soulwave really was the physical signature of the immortal being, and that the soul only appeared ten weeks into pregnancy, perhaps he'd remove his restriction on birth control and on early abortion. Peter remembered that back in 1993, the then-Pope had originally told women who had been raped by soldiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina that they would be damned unless they brought their babies to term. And the current Pope still refused to allow birth control in famine-torn areas, even when babies would starve to death once born. "
Catholic world 2011 Sawyer, Robert J. The Terminal Experiment. New York: HarperCollins (1995); pg. 199-200. "NET NEWS DIGEST... Pope Benedict XVI today released an encyclical affirming the existence of an immortal, divine soul within human beings. The Pontiff revealed that the Papal Committee on Science was now in the process of evaluating the evidence related to the discovery of the soulwave. Uncomfirmed reports indicate tha the Vatican has placed an order with Hobson Monitoring Ltd. for three SoulDetector units. "
Catholic world 2012 Clarke, Arthur C. The Ghost from the Grand Banks. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 187. Pg. 187: "'...Well, Parky's--careful exploring, these poor folk [on the sunken Titanic] will at last get a Christian burial, back in their own country. The Irish will love it. Don't tell anyone, but we're already talking to the Pope.' "; Pg. 207: "Father McMullen considered that the verdict should have been suicide rather than misadventure; but if it was a sin to give Pat a Christian burial, he would argue that out with God in due course. "
Catholic world 2015 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 85. "After her expulsion from college, Ruby Goldenberg virtually disappeared for more than twenty years. Tibetan monasteries, Catholic orders, and a host of other claimants later advanced proofs of hospitality, none of which stood up to investigation. "
Catholic world 2015 Sullivan, Tricia. Someone to Watch Over Me. New York: Bantam (1997); pg. 238. "The crucifix his grandmother had given him years ago. "
Catholic world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 76. "I have often wondered how on earth my mother-in-law became a mediator and what she does in all those negotiation sessions with Serbs and Catholics and North and South Koreans and Protestants and Croats. "
Catholic world 2015 Willis, Connie. "Even the Queen " in Impossible Things. New York: Bantam (1994; story copyright 1992); pg. 79. "'Men were against it,' Mother said, getting rather red in the face. 'And the religious right, and the maxipad manufacturers, and the Catholic Church--'

'They knew they'd have to allow women priests,' Viola said.

'Which they did,' I said. "

Catholic world 2016 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 91. "The second [event that helped Chrislam gain power] was the steady decline in the moral and intellectual status of Christianity, which had started (though few realized it for centuries) on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints Church... But the coup de grace came from the Vatican itself. "
Catholic world 2017 Baxter, Stephen. Manifold: Time. New York: Ballantine (2000); pg. 409. "'Then you'll know there have been times like this before. The religious wars during the Reformation, for instance. Protestants against Catholics. The Catholics believed that only their priests controlled access to the afterlife. So anybody who tried to deny their powers threatened not just life, but even the afterlife. And the Protestants believed the Catholic priests were false, and would therefore deny their followers access to the afterlife. If you look at it from the protagonists' view, they were reasonable wars to fight, because they were over the afterlife itself.' "
Catholic world 2019 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 72. "Ann said. 'I was brought up Catholic but I drifted away from the Church years ago.'

'Anne can still work up some Catholicism, with a couple of beers in her, but I'm a flat-out atheist. Still,' George admitted, 'the Jesuits do a lot of good work . . .' "

Catholic world 2019 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 125. [The Sephardic Jewish character Sofia, descended from Spanish Jews, has some negative thoughts about Catholicism.] "What she knew of Catholicism was repellent, with its persecutions, its focus on death, on martyrdom, its central symbol an instrument of Roman criminal justice, appalling in its violence. In the beginning, it was an act of heroic self-control to work with Sandoz: a Spaniard, dressed for mourning, heir to the Inquisition and the expulsion, the representative of a pirate religion that took the bread and wine of Shabbat and turned it into a cannibalistic rite of flesh and blood. "
Catholic world 2020 Heinlein, Robert A. Friday. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1982); pg. 22. "' is undesirable to hold grudged.'

'I don't hold many but Uncle Jim is special. And there is another case I want to handle myself. But I'll argue with you later. Say, is it true that Uncle Jim used to be a papist priest?'

Boss almost looked surprised. 'Where did you hear that nonsense?'

'Around and about. Gossip.' "

Catholic world 2020 Zelazny, Roger. Damnation Alley. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1969); pg. 57. "'Maybe you really don't understand, Greg. I'm an Angel [Hell's Angel -- motorcycle gang]. I'm the last Angel left alive... I gave him [Blinky] a chance to shut up, and he didn't. Then it was a matter of honor. I had to stomp him.'

'But you're not a club anymore. You're just one man.'

'Ain't the last Catholic the Pope?'

'I guess so.'

'Same thing, then.' "

Catholic world 2022 Sterling, Bruce. Islands in the Net. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow (1988); pg. 39. "The others refused to make it easy for them. Egged on by Winston Stubbs, who remembered the vent, Monsieur Karageorgiu was forced to admit that a member of the Turkish 'Gray Wolves' had once shot a pope.

Karageorgiu defended the Wolves by insisting that the action was 'business.' He claimed it was a revenge operation... Besides... the Turkish gunman had only wounded Pope John Paul II. No worse than a kneecaping, really. Unlike the Sicilian Mafia--who were so annoyed at the Banco's misdeeds that they had poisoned Pope John Paul I stone dead. " [Pope also mentioned page 110.]

Catholic world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 59. "Juanita refused to analyze this process, insisted that it was something ineffable, something you couldn't explain with words. A radical, rosary-toting Catholic, she has no problem with that kind of thing. " [Some other refs. in book, not all in DB.]
Catholic world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 63. "'Is this part of your church thing?' he asks. Juanita has been using her excess money to start her own branch of the Catholic church--she considers herself a missionary to the intelligent atheists of the world.

'Don't be so condescending,' she says. 'That's exactly the attitude I'm fighting. Religion is not for simpletons.' "

Catholic world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 188. "'...there have been several efforts to deliver us from the hands of primitve, irratioal religion... Another attempt was made by Jesus--that one was hijacked by viral influences within fifty days after his death. The virus was suppressed by the Catholic Church...' "
Catholic world 2025 Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 377. "'Rife... took a small-time preacher, the Reverend Wayne Bedford, and made him more important than the Pope...' "
Catholic world 2026 Moffett, Judith. Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream. New York: St. Martin's Press (1992); pg. 14. "The Catholic Church joined forces with religious fundamentalists worldwide--quite a few Scofield College faculty members had gotten into that at--to challenge the Hefn, and, through them, their bosses the Gafr, over the issue of global infertility; but this had been without effect. "

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