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Catholic world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 50. "Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill tried to rebuild the center, but to do it they had to let radios into everyone's house, and there is no point in being Pope if you've got to touch the beggars personally; the increased contact of the center with the periphery onlyhastened its dissolution. "
Catholic world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 202. "'...But suppose we infected the Pope with a program that made him a Mormon, or Medal of Honor winners with something that totally destroyed their courage...' "
Catholic world 2028 Barnes, John. Mother of Storms. New York: Tor (1994); pg. 333. "Thus they gather in the church with Father Joseph, not because they think it is safer, or that anything better is going to happen, or even because the church has a slightly better roof (though it does), but because it seems a fit place to die... There are plenty of candles, so Father Joseph has them light a few... He wishes, as priest to these people, that he were a profound man. Mostly he just handles the baptizing, marrying, and burying, and occasionally tries to persuade someone to do what is right. This [disaster management] is not a job for Father Joseph.

If, however, it's a job for God Himself, then common sense says to ask Him. He leads more prayers. People drowse, but the priest hasn't the heart to wake them. "

Catholic world 2029 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 83. "'Isn't it time you admitted, John, that Jesus must have been an ordinary man, like Mohammed (Peace be upon him)? We know something that the writers of the Gospels didn't, though it seems perfectly obvious when you think about it--a virgin birth could produce only a female--never a male. Of course, the Holy Ghost might have contrived a second miracle. Perhaps I'm biased, but I feel that would have been--well, showing off. Even in bad taste.'

--Prophet Fatima Magdelene (Second Dialogue with Pope John Paul XXV, ed. Fr. Mervyn Fernando, SJ, 2029)

Catholic world 2030 Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace Books (1984); pg. 171. "'You're always building models. Stone circles. Cathedrals. Pipe-organs. Adding machines...' "
Catholic world 2030 Hogan, James P. Entoverse. New York: Ballantine (1991); pg. 103. "'Ireland might even have gone solidly over to Rome [to Catholicism] when Henry VIII went the other way.' [Forming Anglicanism]

'Oh, impossible!' one of the listeners exclaimed.

'Seriously. Purely out of defiance. Then who knows what we might have seen today? The Reversion might never have happened, and England could conceivably have dominated the Irish Isles. Then, America might have been started by some kind of Protestant, Puritan, monogamy cult. Then where would all of the freedoms be that we take for granted today?' "

Catholic world 2030 Jablokov, Alexander. Nimbus. New York: Avon Books (1993); pg. 67. "Sheldon knew that most people didn't understand music at all. His special invitations were an attempt to create a culture that did, a culture that understood his musical history, a culture where rock and roll was a curiosity about as important as Gregorian chants. I wished him luck. "
Catholic world 2030 Jablokov, Alexander. Nimbus. New York: Avon Books (1993); pg. 103. "A sober red-brick neighborhood stood on the other side, dominated by the double, green-copper-capped towers of a Catholic church. "
Catholic world 2030 McAuley, Paul J. Fairyland. New York: Avon Books (1997; c 1995); pg. 308. "'...She believes she is the triple goddess returned. In Catholic countries the triple goddess never quite went away, for the cult of Mary was little more than a dilution of her own cult. Crusaders brought back a version of this story to Britain, although Mary quickly became Marian, the companion of that Jack-in-the-Green, Robin Hood...' "
Catholic world 2030 Sawyer, Robert J. Flashforward. New York: Tor (2000; c. 1999); pg. 156. "The President of the United States was African-American and male; there had apparently yet to be a female American president in the interim. but the Catholic Church did indeed now ordain women. "
Catholic world 2031 Russell, Mary Doria. The Sparrow. New York: Ballantine (1996); pg. 159. "Oddly, it was the men who'd left the active priesthood to marry who were most eloquent about celibacy. It was as though, having given up the struggle themselves, they could more freely acknowledge the value of it. And it was in the words of one such priest that Emilio had found the clearest description of the Pearl of Great Price: a humaneness beyond sexuality, love, beyond loneliness... "
Catholic world 2032 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 185. "'...Yeah, everyone knows that the Ecucatholics are ripe to splinter, there's a lot of bishops ready to break with Rome, and when they do they'll ask the cybertaos in to help them move their brand of EC. So what...?' " [Other refs., not in DB, incl. pg. 104.]
Catholic world 2032 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 92. Pg. 92-94: Chapter titled 'Encyclical'. Entire chapter consists of a papal encyclical signed by "John Paul XXV, Easter 2032: Earth-Moon-Mars New Network. " The content of the encyclical is very simple: the Church essentially apologizes for and reverses its stance against artificial family planning. It also makes it clear that the Church is still opposed to abortion: "On one fundamental point, however, there has been no change in doctrine. Once a fetus is viable, its life is sacred. Abortion remains a crime, and will always be so. But now there is no longer any excuse--or any need--for it. "
Catholic world 2032 Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 94. Excerpt from papal encyclical signed by "John Paul XXV, Easter 2032: Earth-Moon-Mars New Network, " which emphasizes that the Catholic Church now supports artificial birth control (in light of new techniques that extend human life and years of fertility), but still opposes abortion: "'The Church is wise enough not to fight against the inevitable, especially in this radically changed situation. I will shortly be issuing an encyclical that will contain guidance on these matters. It has been drawn up, I might add, after full consultation with my colleagues the Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi, Imam Mahommud, and the Prophet Fatima Magdelene. They are in complete agreement with me. "
Catholic world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 113. "Indeed many older faiths had taken the simple, effective measure of co-opting Gaian rituals into their own. Catholics altered celebrations of the Virgin, so that Mary now took a much more vigorous personal interest in planetary welfare than she had in the days of Chartres or Nantes. "
Catholic world 2038 Brin, David. Earth. New York: Bantam (1990); pg. 207. "Like most other religious special interest groups on the Net, we in the Friends of St. Francis Assembly... have been discussing the Pope's latest encyclical... 'Monsignor, according to the Bible, what was the ver first injunction laid by the Lord upon our first ancestor?'... 'As a good Catholic, I agree. But how was Adam to glorify? " [There is more material here referring to Catholicism.]
Catholic world 2039 Jones, Gwyneth. White Queen. New York: Tor (1991); pg. 234. Pg. 140: "...flanked by pictures of the Queen and of the Virgin Mary. "; Pg. 234: "He sat on the stone rim, absently tearing up stale bread. 'Did you see the picture gallery over her bed? Mahatma Gandhi was up there, Chico Mendes. The Chipko woman, Gaura Devi. Teresa of Lisieux. Teresa of Avila. The wimpy guy in the middle was the face from the Turin shroud.'

Braemar considered him. 'That's some obscure recognition for a young newshound. I didn't know you were a Catholic, Johnny.'

'I'm not--' He broke off... 'It's an Italian name, isn't it? What did you think I was, a bloody commie?' "

Catholic world 2040 Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. New York: Random House (1976); pg. 7. "It wasn't just the President of the United States who was taking 200 percent overlap precautions against assassins these days. Roger had been a whole day getting to see the Pope, and even so there had been a Swiss guard holding a Biretta standing right behind him every minute he was in the papal chamber. "
Catholic world 2040 Pohl, Frederik. Man Plus. New York: Random House (1976); pg. 51. "...but even the deputy director treated him like the Pope. "
Catholic world 2040 Zelazny, Roger. "Home is the Hangman " in Unicorn Variations. New York: Timescape (1983; story c. 1975); pg. 138. "But here, in one of Mencken's hangouts, I could not recall some of the things he had said about controversy, such as 'Did Huxley convert Wilberforce?' and 'Did Luther convert Leo X?' "
Catholic world 2048 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 214. "...he'd about conquered the world of cybertao before Ecucatholic memes had turned up to fight back, quickly joined by Sunni and Shi'ite memes and the mad-dog guerrilla memes called Freecybers. Now the whole First Generation--cybertao, Ecucatholicism, RPs, Newcommies, Freecybers, Slammes, every meme that had begun the battle--was long extinct, except copies in museums. "
Catholic world 2050 Bova, Ben. "Acts of God " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1995); pg. 3. Pg. 3: "Who else but Sam Gunn would sue the Pope? "; Pg. 4: "'A certain . . . person... has entered a suit against the Vatican.' " [Pg. 3-55 is a chapter titled 'Acts of God,' and was originally published as a short story in 1995. The entire chapter/story revolves around Sam Gunn suing the Pope, on behalf of Ecuador. He claims that insurance policies held in that country do not cover 'acts of God' such as natural disasters, so he sues the Vatican in order to make a claim against them for such acts of God, claiming that to do so is reasonable because the Pope represents God. Refs. throughout, not in DB.]
Catholic world 2050 Bova, Ben. "Acts of God " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1995); pg. 10. "'If God's responsible for our losses, then we want to get God to pay for them. That's only fair.'

'It's silly... How are you--'

Sam's sudden grin cut me off. 'The Pope is considered to be God's personal representative on Earth, isn't he?'

'Only by Roman Catholics.'

'Of which there are more than one billion in the world,' Molina said.

'The largest religion on Earth,' said the president.

'It's more than that,' Sam maintained. 'Nobody else claims to be the personal representative of God. Only the Pope, among the major religious leaders. One of his titles is 'the vicar of Christ,' isn't it?'

The two men nodded in unison.

'The Catholics believe that Christ is God, don't they?... 'And Christ--God Herself--personally made St. Peter His representative here on Earth.'

More nods.

'And the Pope is Peter's descendant, with all the powers and responsibilities that Peter had. Right?... So if we want to sue God, we go to his personal representative, the Pope.' "

Catholic world 2050 Bova, Ben. "Acts of God " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1995); pg. 14. "'I think that if God gets blamed for accidents and natural disasters, the people who claim to represent God ought to be willing to pay the damages,' Sam said gleefully, over and again. 'It's only fair.'

The media went into an orgy of excitement. Interviewers doggedly tracked down priests, ministers, nuns, lamas, imams, mullahs, gurus of every stripe and sect. Christmas was all but forgotten; seven 'holiday specials' were unceremoniously bumped from the entertainment networks so they could put on panel discussions of Sam's suit against the Pope instead... The Pope remained stonily silent. He virtually disappeared from the public eye, except for a few ceremonial masses at St. Peter's and his regular Sunday blessing of the crowds that he gave from his usual balcony. There were even rumors that he wouldn't say the traditional Christmas Mass at St. Peter's. "

Catholic world 2050 Bova, Ben. "Acts of God " in Sam Gunn Forever. New York: Avon (1998; c. 1995); pg. 15. "The Vatican... sticking to three points.

One: Sam's suit was frivolous...

Two: This attempt to denigrate God was sacrilegious and doomed to failure. Cardinal Hagerty never said it in so many words, but he gave the clear impression that in the good old days the Church would have taken Sam by the scruff of his atheistic little neck and burned him at the stake.

Three: The Vatican simply did not have any money to spend on malicious lawsuits. Every penny in the Vatican treasury went to running the Church and helping the poor. "

Catholic world 2050 Haldeman, Joe. Forever Peace. New York: Ace Books (1998; first ed. 1997); pg. 241. "...well, you might as well just know his name.'

'Senator Dietz? The pope?'

...'It's Major General Stanton Roser...' "

Catholic world 2050 Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. Last Refuge. New York: Bantam (1992); pg. 224. "'Then I shall help you gather food and minister to these people,' Inez said with a grand gesture. 'I once played Mother Teresa in a military school play, you know.' "
Catholic world 2050 Zelazny, Roger. "Home is the Hangman " in Analog: Readers' Choice: Vol. 2 (Stanley Schmidt, ed.) New York: David Publications (1981; story copyright 1975); pg. 224. "But here in one of Mencken's hangouts, I could not but recall some of the things he had said about controversy, such as, 'Did Huxley convert Wilberforce? Did Luther convert Leo X?' "
Catholic world 2059 Bova, Ben. "In Trust " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1994); pg. 181. "'You revitalized the Church, Jace. And Holy Mother Church has revitalized Western civilization. We've entered a new age, an age of faith, an age of morality and obedience to the law.... Your idea of entrusting your estate to the Church... Soon I began spreading the word that the Church was the only institution in the whole world that could be trusted to look after freezes... Do you have any idea of how much money flowed into the Church? Not just billions, Jace. Trillions!... With all that money came power, Jace. Real Power. Power to move politicians. Power to control whole nations. With that power came authority. The Church reasserted itself as the moral leader of the Western world. The people were ready for moral leadership. They needed it and we provided it... We spent wisely... We invested in the future. We started to rebuild the world, and that gained us the gratitude and loyalty of half the world.' "
Catholic world 2059 Bova, Ben. "In Trust " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1994); pg. 184-185 . "'...We [the Catholic Church] control the media very thoroughly...'

...'I didn't commit suicide,' Jason insisted.

'What you have done--what all the freezes have done--is considered suicide in every court of the Western world.'

'The Church controls the courts?'

'All of them,' Michael replied. He heaved a sad, patient sight, then said, 'Holy Mother Church's mission is to save souls, not bodies...' "

Catholic world 2065 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 226. "In 2065, Innocent XIV had become the first pope to undergo life extension. The exact nature of the pope's treatment was shrouded in mystery, a rare and very diplomatic exception to the usual political practice of full medical disclosusre. The pope's decision, with its profound violation of the natural God-given life span and its grave challenge to the normal processes of papal succession, had caused a crisis in the Church.

The College of Cardinals, meeting in council to discuss the implications of the pope's action, had experienced an episode of divine possession. Their frenzied spiritual exaltation, ecstatic dancing, and babbling in tongues had looked to skeptics like chemically propelled hallucination. But those who had directly experienced the descent of holy fire had no doubt of its sacred origin. The Church had always survived the uncharitable speculations of skeptics. "

Catholic world 2065 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 227. "As his chemically amplified Church reconquered the lost ground of ancient Christendom, the vicar of Christ began to manifest miracles unknown since the days of the apostles. The pope had cured the lame and the halt with a word and a touch. He cast out devils from the minds of the mentally ill. Furthermore, their recovery was often permanent.

He could also prophecy--in detail, and often rather accurately. Many people believed that the pope coud read minds. This paranormal claim was attested not merely by credulous Catholics, but by diplomats and statespeople, scientists and lawyers. His uncanny insight into the souls of others had often been demonstrated on the world political stage. Hardened warlords and career criminals, brought into private audience with the pontiff, had emerged as shattered men, confessing their sins to the world in an agony of regret. "

Catholic world 2065 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 226-227. "After this divine intervention, formal Church approval of certain processes of poshumanization had swiftly followed. The Church now recommended its own designated series of life-extension techniques. These approved medical procedures, along with modern entheogenic tincture communions and various spiritual disciplines, were formally known as the 'New Emulation of Christ.'

The humble and metabolically tireless Holy Father, with his long white beard now grown out black for half its length, had become a central, iconic figure of European modernity. Many had once considered Innocent a mere careerist, the genial caretaker of an ancient faith in decline. After the holy fire, it became clear to all that the rebornpope possessed genuinely superhuman qualities. The pope's astonishing eloquence, his sincerity and his manifest goodwill, shook even the most cynical. "

Catholic world 2065 Sterling, Bruce. Holy Fire. New York: Doubleday (1988); pg. 227-228. "Pope Innocent had succored the poor, sheltered the homeles, shamed recalcitrant governments into new and more humane social policies. He had founded mighty hospitals and teaching orders, libraries, netsites, museums, and universities. He had dotted Europe with shelters and amenities for the mendicant and pilgrim. He had rebuilt the Vatican, and had turned ancient cathedrals and churches worldwide into ecstatic centers of Christian spirituality, vibrant with the awsome celestial virtualities of the modern Mass. He was certainly the greatest pope of the twenty-first century, probably the greatest pope of the last ten centuries, perhaps the greatest pope of all time. His sainthood was a certainty, if he could ever find the time and opportunity to die. " [More refs. not in DB, see pg. 228-229.]
Catholic world 2075 Herbert, Frank & Brian Herbert. Man of Two Worlds. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1986); pg. 225. "'My father and three brothers were legionnaires, all killed in battle against those damnable Mao Guards. But a woman cannot serve the Legion except . . .' She glanced around. 'Besides, I am Catholic and I have a care for my soul.' "
Catholic world 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 61. "'The Pope . . . he was, er, sympathetic to your cause?'

'To our methods, no,' Rebeckah admitted quietly. 'But our aims . . .' She shrugged.

'Your aims?'

'We've always been Free Staters. Even though America is a theocratic republic, at least there's still a pretense of the representational government model. Christendom is a badly disguised oligarchy.'

'But isn't the Pope the leader of Christendom?' Rebeckah's political jargon made my head ache again.

'He is now. Innocent had a plan to decentralize his power and give it back to the people.' " [More.]

Catholic world 2076 Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001); pg. 76. "No group has claimed responsibility for the Paris attack, but Christendom spokesperson Shelia McEvers believes this to be the work of the LINK-terrorist group known as Malachim Nikamah [Hasidic Jews]... 'The method is very similar,' she said. 'Cruelty like this could only come from a non-Christian group like the Malachim shel Nikamah. Who else would do this kind of crazy, destructive thing?'

The Nation of Islam cautioned the Vatican regarding issuing broad statements against non-Christians, but joined in denouncing today's attack. Both superpowers donated extensively to the relief fund. "

Catholic world 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 48. "I think Dallas may make the same mistake other immortals have made, thinking that I'm existentially (as well as experientially) naive because of having spent a large part of my life sequestered in some convent--either a solid one of stone and tradition or the no less real fence of secrecy, omerta, that has characterized by business dealings and social life, or nonexistence, since I left the skirts of the Church. It is a mistake I capitalize on. I know the world well, and, from decades of isolated contemplation, I know the map of my own mind as well, far better than most people know theirs. And I don't fear death, God's last gift, which gives me a kind of freedom that people like Dallas can never have. I feel sorry for him as much as he feels sorry for me. "
Catholic world 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 48. "The Stileman Process makes life sweeter, but it isn't immortality, and I think the Church was justified when it declared that using the term in that context was a venial sin. To find actual immortality, you have to die. If that's false, and if everyone since Peter has been lying or fantasizing, when you die it's just like turning off a switch--then when I die I will be losing nothing of value. "
Catholic world 2082 Haldeman, Joe. Buying Time. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1989); pg. 194. "On the way to Mars, Dallas had argued about suicide with me. If suicide were a mortal sin, how could I justify refusing my sixth or nth Stileman, knowing that the refusal would result in sure death? The Church took care of that in the twentieth century, though, allowing people to refuse dramatic treatment if its purpose was merely to postpone natural death. The Stileman Treatment is a hundred separate 'heroic measures,' against a condition that otherwise has a recovery rate of exactly zero. Not counting Lazarus. "
Catholic world 2086 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 135. "If people must go to church, why the devil couldn't they be dignified, like Catholics, Christian Scientists, or Quakers? "
Catholic world 2088 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 316. Early participants in Mike Smith's new Church of All Worlds: "...two Fosterites... one circumcised Jew and his wife and four children... One Catholic couple with a little boy... One Mormon family... and their kids. The rest are Protestant and one atheist... "
Catholic world 2089 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1961); pg. 348. "Bishop Oxtongue, at the New Grand Avenue Temple, preached on the text (Matt. XXIV:24): 'For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.' He made clear that his diatribe did not refer to Mormons, Christian Scientists, Roman Catholics... nor to any fellow travelers whose good words counted more than inconsequential differences in creed or ritual... but solely to upstart heretics who were seducing faithful contributors away from the faiths of their fathers [i.e., the Church of All Worlds]. "
Catholic world 2093 Kube-McDowell, Michael. The Quiet Pools. New York: Ace (1990); pg. 295. "So a chat shot on lesbian incest, with a bioethicist, a Catholic Reform priest, and the national director of Family Love dueling in close quarters, was as good a diversion--no better, no worse--as the seven thousandth rerun of a medial comedy. "
Catholic world 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 84. "Then I read only the autobiographies of ex-nuns. For a whole week I sampled items whose titles began with U... "
Catholic world 2094 Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 155. "...all fiction mentioning robots, from the latest TV episode of Meatless Friday to the ancient stories of Hephaestus, building golden women to help him at his forge. " [Although 'meatless Friday' is terminology drawn from Catholic practice, it is used here to refer to a TV show about robots. 'Meatless' means non-biological, i.e., a robot.]
Catholic world 2100 Anthony, Patricia. "Anomaly " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1989); pg. 59. [Year estimated.] "The room was black with shadows and soot. A murky fire against the far wall glowed sullen, smoky red. To the ambassador, raised in Earth's parochial schools, the room was what Sister Mary Ignatius had once told him of hell. "
Catholic world 2100 Anthony, Patricia. "Anomaly " in Eating Memories. Woburn, MA: First Books; Baltimore, MD: Old Earth Books (1997; c. 1989); pg. 65. "Besseh had crawled into himself and was looking at some neutral spot on the floor, what the Sisters at Sacred Heart School used to call 'custody of the eyes'; only the nun's institutional shyness came from duty. Besseh's came from fear. "
Catholic world 2100 Asimov, Isaac. The Gods Themselves. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Crest (1973; c. 1972); pg. 70. "'Who?'

'Schiller. A German dramatist of three centuries ago. In a play about Joan of Arc, he said, 'Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.' I'm not god and I'll contend no longer. Let it go, Pete, and go your way...' "

Catholic world 2100 Boucher, Anthony. "The Quest for Saint Aquin " (first published 1951) in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (Mayo Mohs, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 207. "The Bishop of Rome, the hed of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Vicar of Christ on Earth--in short, the Pope... resumed his discourse.

'In some respects, Thomas,' he smiled, we are stronger now than when we flourished in the liberty and exaltation for which we still pray after Mass. We know, as they knew in the catacombs, that those who are of our flock are indeed truly of it; that they belong to Holy Mother the Church because they believe in the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God--not because they can further their political aspirations, their social ambitions, their business contacts.' " [Exact year this story takes place is not specified.]

Catholic world 2100 Boucher, Anthony. "The Quest for Saint Aquin " (first published 1951) in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (Mayo Mohs, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 207. "The Pope [said] 'We are, in a way, born again in Christ, but there are still too few of us--too few even if we include those other handfuls who are not of our faith, but still acknowledge God through the teachings of Luther or Laotse, Gautama Buddha or Joseph Smith. Too many men still go to their deaths hearing no gospel preached to them but the cynical self-worship of the Technarchy. And that is why, Thomas, you must go forth on your quest.'

'But Your Holiness,' Thomas protested, 'if God's word and God's love will not convert them, what can saints and miracles do?' "

Catholic world 2100 Bryant, Edward. "Shark " in Nebula Award Stories Nine (Kate Wilhelm, ed.) New York: Harper & Row (1974); pg. 77. [Year is estimated.] "They passed a dark-stone house, its door swung open to the wind. Rain blew across the threshold.

'Abandoned?' said Inga.

'Quaint old island custom,' said Folger. 'Catholicism's a little diluted here. Priest only comes twice a year.' He pointed at the open door. 'The man who lived there died at sea a couple days ago. Family'll keep the door open, no matter what, for a week. It's so his soul can find shelter until it's shunted to heaven or hell.' " [Story apparently takes place on an island near the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic ocean.]

Catholic world 2100 Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. New York: Ace Books (1987; 1st ed. 1959); pg. 31. [The end of the Service oath given to recruits joining the Terran military force.] 'So help me God!' we both ended and Carl crossed himself and so did the cute one [witness]. " [Carl and the witness are evidently Catholic.]
Catholic world 2100 Pohl, Frederik. Gateway. New York: St. Martin's Press (1977); pg. 102. "I hesitate, trying to make sure what the question is, and wondering why I want to ask it. I guess it all goes back to Sylvia, who was a lapsed Catholic. I really envied her her church, and let her know I thought she was dumb to have left it, because I envied her the confession. The inside of my head was littered with all these doubts and fears that I couldn't get rid of. I would have loved to unload them on the parish priest. I could see that you could make quite a nice hierarchical flow pattern, with all the [crap] from inside my own head flushing into the confessional, where the parish priest flushes it onto the diocesan monsignor... and it all winds up with the Pope, who is the settling tank for all the world's sludge of pain and misery and guilt, until he passes it on by transmitting it directly to God. "
Catholic world 2100 Sanders, Winston P. "The Word to Space " (first published 1960) in Other Worlds, Other Gods: Adventures in Religious Science Fiction (Mayo Mohs, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971); pg. 95. "'For that matter,' said Moriarty, 'the Roman Catholic Church is not interested in converting other planets.'

'Huh?' choked Strand.

'The Vatican decided more than a hundred years ago, back when space travel was still a mere theory, that the mission of Our Lord was to Earth only, to the human race. Other intelligent species did not share in the Fall and therefore did not require redemption. Or, if they are not in a state of grace--and the Akronites pretty clearly are not--then God will have made His own provision for them. I assure youy, Dr. Strand, all I want is a free scientific and cultural exchange with Mu Cassiopeiae.' "

Catholic world 2100 Wolfe, Gene. "The Death of Doctor Island " in Nebula Award Stories Nine (Kate Wilhelm, ed.) New York: Harper & Row (1974); pg. 47. [Year is estimated.] "Nicholas wondered why it was always men... who wanted to tell you stories. Jesus, he recalled, was always telling everyone stories, and the Virgin Mary almost never... "; Pg. 13: "'...At St. John's where I used to be, it was zero G most of the time...' "; Pg. 50: "Her eyes, as blue as the sky above Madhya Pradesh, the sparkling blue sky of the egg, looked up at him, but he coud no longer look into them, they retreated from his own, and it came to him quite suddenly that Lucifer, in falling, must have fallen up, into the fires and the colness of space... " [Some other references to Catholicism not in DB.]
Catholic world 2106 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 58. "An ethnic assay of the travelers showed significant numbers of Anglo-Saons, Celts, Germans, Slavs, Latins, Native Americans, Arabs, Turks and other Central Asiatics, and Japanese... Inuit and Polynesian peoples were attracted by the Pliocene world; Chinese and Indo-Dravidians were not. Fewer agnostics than believers chose to abandon the present; but the devout time-travelers were often fanatics of conservatives disillusioned about modern religious trends, particularly the Milieu dicta that proscribed revolutionary socialism, jihads, or any style of theocracy. Many nonreligious, but few orthodox, Jews were tempted to escape to the past; a disproportionate number of Muslims and Catholics wanted to make the trip. " [See also pg. 86-93, and many more refs. One of main characters is a nun.]
Catholic world 2109 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 39. Book jacket: "Joshua Ali Quare wakes in 2109... "; "...if Murphy had signed on with Free American or Unreconstructed Catholic, we'd just be fighting all the time. Neither of those memes will let you hurt a prisoner, let alone serb the civilians... "
Catholic world 2109 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 208. "We were contracted to destroy the Carthage Run node--an Unreconstructed Catholic memo running on it was re-infecting millions of AI's and thousands of people. Supposedly if you got infected you'd start hearing PJP's voice telling you that Ecucatholicism was all a mistake... plus you'd suddenly have all these false memories of growing up in a very uptight old-fashioned Catholic school and of being the start student there. " [Year: not certain, taken from book jacket.]
Catholic world 2109 Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 229. "The year before, the transfer ship Albatross had been almost grabbed by the Unreconstructed Catholic meme on its last Earthpass... the hysteria was really unnecessary anyway, because the Unreconstructed Catholic meme was extinct by the time the next transfer ship arrived. One True had won the war and taken control of the Earth--which it was rapidly turning into Resuna--but the transfer ships had vowed they'd never trust a meme again, no matter how many assurances One True gave them. " [Year: not certain, taken from book jacket.]
Catholic world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 48. "'Were you shocked by the Intervention?' Sister Roccaro asked at last. 'Some of the older people I've counseled seemed almost disappointed that humanity was spared its just ecological deserts.'

...'But evil is real,' said the nun. 'Call it egocentrism or malignant aggression or original sin or whatever. It's there. Eden's gone.'

'Isn't biblical Eden an ambivalent symbol? It seems to me that...' " [Many other refs. to Sister Roccaro in novel, not in DB.]

Catholic world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 50. "'When I was a little girl, my religious heroes weren't the Galactic Age saints. I could never identify with Pere Teilhard or Saint Jack the Bodiless or Illusio Diamond Mask. I liked the really old-timey mystics: Simeon Stylites, Anthony the Hermit, Dame Julian of Norwich. But today, that kind of solitary commitment to penitence is contrary to the Church's new vision of human energetics. We're supposed to chart our individual journey toward perfection within a unity of human and divine love.'

Claude grimaced at her over his shoulder. 'You lost me, child.'

'Stripped of the jargon, it means that charitable activity is in; solitary mysticism is out. Our Galactic Age is too busy for anchoresses or hermits. That way of life is supposed to be selfish, escapist, masochistic, and counter to the Church's social evolution.' "

Catholic world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 51. "'Don't you laugh at me, Claude. I tried to get into a monastery . . . the Cistercians, Poor Clares, Carmelites. And they took one look at my psychosocial profile and told me get lost. Counseling, they advised! Not even the Zen-Brigittines would give me a chance! But I finally discovered that there is one place where an old-fashioned mystic wouldn't by out of place. Have you ever hard of Exile?'

...'...Just because you climb a few tame mountains and catch stocked trout in Oregon you think you can be a female Francis of Assisi in a howling wilderness!' "

Catholic world 2110 May, Julian. The Many Colored Land in The Many-Colored Land & The Golden Torc (omnibus). Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (copyright 1981); pg. 87-88. Pg. 87-88: "'Good grief, no. The individual hours aren't that long. I'll also celebrate the Mass and do penance and deep meditation with a little Zen. and when I'm hoeing weeds or doing other chores there's the Rosary. It's almost like a mantra if you do it the old way. Very calming. "; Pg. 91: "Group Green itself has lean pickings. Besides the Nun, our female members include a sinister Virgin Huntress... and an extremely cautions ex-Meta Lady... "
Catholic world 2114 Dick, Philip K. The Man Who Japed. New York: Ace Books (1956); pg. 44. "In the highly moral society of 2114 A.D., the weekly block meetings operated on the stagger system... Here, official nosing and snooping originated. In this room a man's business was everybody's business. Centuries of Christian confessional culminated when the block assembled to explore its members' souls. "


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