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15th May '16 12:32:23 AM KYCubbie
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* The [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Supreme Court]] has, for the first time in its history, no Protestant judges. In fact, it has six Catholics and three [[YouHaveToHaveJews Jews]] (for context, the Court is now over 33 percent Jewish, while the nation they represent is ''less than'' 3 percent Jewish!). Oddly enough, the nation has had only one Catholic President out of 43. Kennedy's religion was a matter of controversy at the time, as Americans have been traditionally wary of Catholicism's recognition of a European figure as a seat of authority (the Pope). UsefulNotes/JoeBiden is the first Catholic Vice President, out of 47 Vice Presidents.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Supreme Court]] has, for the first time in its history, no Protestant judges. In fact, it has six five Catholics (six until Antonin Scalia died in 2016) and three [[YouHaveToHaveJews Jews]] (for context, the Court is now over 33 percent Jewish, while the nation they represent is ''less than'' 3 percent Jewish!). Oddly enough, the nation has had only one Catholic President out of 43. Kennedy's religion was a matter of controversy at the time, as Americans have been traditionally wary of Catholicism's recognition of a European figure as a seat of authority (the Pope). UsefulNotes/JoeBiden is the first Catholic Vice President, out of 47 Vice Presidents.
6th May '16 8:59:30 AM staticat09
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* The ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' series has many Catholic-ish cathedrals, churches, shrines and altars you walk through on your quest. This is especially prevalent in the third installment. [[spoiler: Not to mention that there's a boss in Dark Souls III named ''Pontiff'' Sulyvahn]].
28th Apr '16 10:30:20 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* Zigzagged in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. The Christian sect of Marmolims in Episode 69 is pretty clearly Catholic. However, the Angel Federation itself is rather anviliciously based on right-wing evangelical Christianity.
31st Mar '16 2:19:09 PM VicGeorge2011
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* The heroes of ''Literature/LeftBehind'' are primarily Protestant or converted Jews and Muslims, with only the Catholic pope before Peter Mathews and the priest of a Catholic congregation in South America being CaughtUpInTheRapture while the majority of Catholics become part of the CorruptChurch known as Enigma Babylon One World Faith. Leonardo Fortunato, the False Prophet, was raised on Catholicism, but he mostly liked it for the tradition of its priests wearing robes, so it's no surprise that when he became the High Reverend Father of Carpathianism, he was starting to dress in rather fanciful religious robes that try to incorporate every possible religious symbol except for Christianity and Judaism.

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* The heroes of ''Literature/LeftBehind'' are primarily Evangelical Protestant or converted Jews and Muslims, with only the Catholic pope before Peter Mathews and the priest of a Catholic congregation in South America being CaughtUpInTheRapture while the majority of Catholics become part of the CorruptChurch known as Enigma Babylon One World Faith. Leonardo Fortunato, the False Prophet, was raised on Catholicism, but he mostly liked it for the tradition of its priests wearing robes, so it's no surprise that when he became the High Reverend Father of Carpathianism, he was starting to dress in rather fanciful religious robes that try to incorporate every possible religious symbol except for Christianity and Judaism.
12th Feb '16 11:55:52 PM Franklansburg
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Variants exist for non-Christian religions, too: "Judaism Is Orthodox" (long hair, beards, Hebrew and [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish accents]]) and "Buddhism Is Mahayana" (fat, smiling statues and {{koan}}s that may or may not be [[IceCreamKoan be ice cream]]). Ironically, despite the mainly European bent of the world's popular culture, the only majority Buddhist nation in Europe (Kalmyk republic in southern Russia) follows Tibetan Buddhism[[note]]Kalmyks being the relatives of Oirat Mongols, who migrated West, to the protection of Russian Tsars, when the Mongol Empire finally crumbled.[[/note]], and thus belong to Vajrayana branch.

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Variants exist for non-Christian religions, too: "Judaism Is Orthodox" (long hair, beards, Hebrew and [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish accents]]) and "Buddhism Is Mahayana" (fat, smiling statues and {{koan}}s that may or may not be [[IceCreamKoan be ice cream]]). Ironically, despite the mainly European bent of the world's popular culture, the only majority Buddhist nation in Europe (Kalmyk republic (Kalmykia in southern Russia) follows Tibetan Buddhism[[note]]Kalmyks being the relatives of Oirat Mongols, who migrated West, to the protection of Russian Tsars, when the Mongol Empire finally crumbled.[[/note]], and thus belong to Vajrayana branch.
10th Feb '16 10:23:03 AM kquinn0830
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an egregious example. Every inhabitant of South Park who is not Jewish is Catholic; there are no explicitly Protestant characters (in Real Life Colorado, the State South Park is located in, 44% of the population is Protestant, only 19% is Catholic). But most annoying of all, the show sometimes mock beliefs and ideas that are presented as "Catholic" even though they are, in fact, held by some Protestants but not by the Catholic Church. For instance, they repeatedly assume that the Catholic Church is "against the theory of evolution" which is not the case (see Pius XII' "Humani Generis" (1950) and other declarations by his successors).

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is an egregious example. Every inhabitant of South Park who is not Jewish is Catholic; there are no explicitly Protestant characters (in Real Life Colorado, the State South Park is located in, 44% of the population is Protestant, only 19% is Catholic). But most annoying of all, the show sometimes mock beliefs and ideas that are presented as "Catholic" even though they are, in fact, held by some Protestants but not by the Catholic Church. For instance, they repeatedly assume that the Catholic Church is "against the theory of evolution" which is not the case (see Pius XII' "Humani Generis" (1950) and other declarations by his successors). This can be attributed to series co-creator Trey Parker being RaisedCatholic.
7th Feb '16 10:11:55 AM nombretomado
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* TheCrusades - Roman Catholic medieval shenanigans, for which the Christendom as a whole (or even contemporary Western and/or European culture in general) is often held responsible. For reference these began shortly after the official split with the Orthodox church and ended centuries before the Protestant reformation, so for western Europe at the time Christianity really was still Catholic. The major exception was the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar sect, which was deemed heretical.

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* TheCrusades UsefulNotes/TheCrusades - Roman Catholic medieval shenanigans, for which the Christendom as a whole (or even contemporary Western and/or European culture in general) is often held responsible. For reference these began shortly after the official split with the Orthodox church and ended centuries before the Protestant reformation, so for western Europe at the time Christianity really was still Catholic. The major exception was the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar sect, which was deemed heretical.
6th Feb '16 8:44:29 PM MsChibi
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Compare NunsNRosaries. See also ReligiousStereotype and ChurchOfSaintGenericus.

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Compare NunsNRosaries. See also ReligiousStereotype and ChurchOfSaintGenericus.
ChurchOfSaintGenericus. A character who is AmbiguouslyChristian is ''almost'' always either a Catholic or a Protestant of TheFundamentalist variety.
27th Jan '16 8:28:54 PM Mdumas43073
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This trope doesn't seem to apply to [[TheWestern Westerns]], where any minister (or "preacher") will generally be a black-coated Evangelical Lutheran or Methodist type, when he isn't a Quaker or a Mormon. However, if the film shows the padre of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Mexican]] village, this trope will be played straight--although frankly [[JustifiedTrope this was usually true]]. It may also appear as part of an EstablishingShot for other traditionally Catholic places such as Italy or France. Black churches are almost always depicted as Baptist or Pentecostal (although some of the earliest black Americans in colonial times were Catholic/Voodoo practitioners from the French West Indies), as are white [[DeepSouth Southern]] churches (the one exception being UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, home to the largest Catholic diocese in the US). The upper-class WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant, usually residing in the tonier precincts of HollywoodNewEngland and belonging to one of the more venerable "mainline" denominations such as the Episcopal Church, is a stock character of long standing.

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This trope doesn't seem to apply to [[TheWestern Westerns]], where any minister (or "preacher") will generally be a black-coated Evangelical Lutheran or Methodist type, when he isn't a Quaker or a Mormon. However, if the film shows the padre of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Mexican]] village, this trope will be played straight--although frankly [[JustifiedTrope this was usually true]]. It may also appear as part of an EstablishingShot for other traditionally Catholic places such as Italy or France. Black churches are almost always depicted as Baptist or Pentecostal (although some of the earliest black Americans in colonial times were Catholic/Voodoo practitioners from the French West Indies), as are white [[DeepSouth Southern]] churches (the one exception being UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, home to the largest Catholic diocese in the US). The And the upper-class WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant, usually residing in the tonier precincts of HollywoodNewEngland and belonging to one of the more venerable "mainline" denominations such as the Episcopal Church, is a stock character of long standing.
27th Jan '16 8:28:06 PM Mdumas43073
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Finally, note that this trope can be something of a BerserkButton for certain sects - the word ''catholic'' is in fact a common adjective (meaning universal or all-encompassing), and is often used to denote the quality of being part of the larger Christian Church,[[note]] i.e., the totality of all people calling themselves Christians[[/note]] and if they take your mistake lightly they will correct you and say you're talking about the ''Roman Catholic Church''. Indeed, it appears in most versions of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle%27s_Creed Apostles' Creed]], a neat encapsulation of Christian belief. Various Orthodox and even Protestant churches also claim the quality of catholicity for themselves, and others still believe that for any one church to call itself "Catholic" is to imply that it is the ''only'' true church...which, for obvious reasons, annoys people who don't belong to it. And on the flip side, there are also extremely conservative Protestants (as well as those in Reformed theology- which grew out of the Protestant reformation) who believe Catholicism ''isn't'' Christian...

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Finally, note that this trope can be something of a BerserkButton for certain sects - the word ''catholic'' is in fact a common adjective (meaning universal or all-encompassing), and is often used to denote the quality of being part of the larger Christian Church,[[note]] i.e., the totality of all people calling themselves Christians[[/note]] and if they take your mistake lightly they will correct you and say you're talking about the ''Roman Catholic Church''. Indeed, it appears in most versions of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostle%27s_Creed Apostles' Creed]], a neat encapsulation of Christian belief. Various Orthodox and even Protestant churches also claim the quality of catholicity for themselves, and others still believe that for any one church to call itself "Catholic" is to imply that it is the ''only'' true church...which, for obvious reasons, annoys people who don't belong to it. And on the flip side, there are also extremely conservative Protestants (as well as those in Reformed theology- which grew out of the Protestant reformation) who believe that Catholicism ''isn't'' Christian...really Christianity...
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