History Main / ChristianityIsCatholic

19th Oct '17 1:54:53 PM drwhom
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Note that this trope doesn't apply to all countries; outside the U.S., Protestant countries tend to assume Protestantism. The UK default is, naturally, [[TheVicar the Church of England]]--which can variously be depicted as "Anglo-Catholic" (High Church), "Mainline Protestant" (Broad Church), or "Evangelical Protestant" (Low Church). The Russian default is the [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox Church]].[[note]]Which, despite being the largest single non-Catholic denomination, has somehow not been mentioned once in this introduction before here.[[/note]] 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]]).

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Note that this trope doesn't apply to all countries; outside the U.S., Protestant countries tend to assume Protestantism. The UK default is, naturally, [[TheVicar the Church of England]]--which can variously be depicted as "Anglo-Catholic" (High Church), "Mainline Protestant" (Broad Church), or "Evangelical Protestant" (Low Church). The Russian default is the [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox Church]].[[note]]Which, despite being the largest single non-Catholic denomination, has somehow not been mentioned once in this introduction before here.[[/note]] Variants exist for non-Christian religions, too: "Judaism Is Orthodox" (long hair, beards, Hebrew and [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish accents]]) or its opposite extreme, "Judaism Is Secularized" (often to the point of InformedJudaism), and "Buddhism Is Mahayana" (fat, smiling statues and {{koan}}s that may or may not be [[IceCreamKoan be ice cream]]).
14th Oct '17 12:48:25 AM AirofMystery
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* In Medieval Europe, the Roman Catholic Church (and Eastern Orthodox) was the only Christian Church, until the Reformation (which took place during the Renaissance) when Protestantism evolved.
14th Oct '17 12:43:53 AM AirofMystery
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* There was a certain stretch of time where all Christians regarded themselves as being part of a single "Catholic" (which means "universal" in Greek) church, right up until the Great Schism of 1054 between Rome and Constantinople (although the cracks had been showing for many years before). Whether or not that early church is the Roman one, or one of the Orthodox churches, is a point of friction between these denominations.

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* There was a certain stretch of time where all a substantial majority of Christians [[note]]the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_East Church of the East]] was not part of the Catholic Church until the 1400s, and there were various other Christian denominations who disagreed with the Catholic Church in terms of theology or which language was used during ceremonies or which hymns were sung[[/note]] regarded themselves as being part of a single "Catholic" (which means "universal" in Greek) church, right up until the Great Schism of 1054 between Rome and Constantinople (although the cracks had been showing for many years before). Whether or not that early church is the Roman one, or one of the Orthodox churches, is a point of friction between these denominations.
6th Oct '17 4:45:44 AM Americanada
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Whatever the reason, if there's a form of Christianity that exemplifies the RuleOfCool, it's Catholicism.

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Whatever the reason, if there's a form of Christianity that exemplifies the RuleOfCool, it's Catholicism. \n Protestant denominations might occasionally appear, but donít expect the Eastern Orthodox Church to make an appearance, and donít expect the Oriental Orthodox Church and the Assyrian Church of the East to even be mentioned.
19th Sep '17 2:53:15 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Michael Dorris' ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'' seems to have nobody of the Christian faith except Catholics in all three stories. A Catholic missions church is on the reservation, run by Father Hurlburt with Father Tom Novak as a youth pastor understudy. Ida and her aunt Clara are sent to a Catholic motherhouse so Clara could have her baby (whom she eventually gives up to Ida) without anybody else on the reservation knowing about it. Rayona herself runs into Catholics both in the Seattle area and in Montana. Evelyn's former first husband was a Catholic, who was basically scared of his own crap, according to Evelyn.

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* Michael Dorris' ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'' seems to have nobody of the Christian faith except Catholics in all three stories. A Catholic missions church is on the reservation, run by Father Hurlburt with Father Tom Novak as a youth pastor understudy. understudy, who turns out to be a creepy priest that likes to molest young teenage girls, as Rayona found out. Ida and her aunt Clara are sent to a Catholic motherhouse in Colorado so Clara could have her baby (whom she eventually gives up to Ida) without anybody else on the reservation knowing about it. Rayona herself runs into Catholics both in the Seattle area and in Montana. Evelyn's former first husband was a Catholic, who was basically scared of his own crap, according to Evelyn.
19th Sep '17 2:49:36 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Michael Dorris' ''Literature/AYellowRaftInBlueWater'' seems to have nobody of the Christian faith except Catholics in all three stories. A Catholic missions church is on the reservation, run by Father Hurlburt with Father Tom Novak as a youth pastor understudy. Ida and her aunt Clara are sent to a Catholic motherhouse so Clara could have her baby (whom she eventually gives up to Ida) without anybody else on the reservation knowing about it. Rayona herself runs into Catholics both in the Seattle area and in Montana. Evelyn's former first husband was a Catholic, who was basically scared of his own crap, according to Evelyn.
12th Sep '17 11:45:44 PM Rhodes7
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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Series/{{Medici}}''. It's at least two hundred years before the Reformation, and the Catholic Church and it's politics are very important to both Italy and Cosimo personally.
11th Sep '17 7:22:19 AM Grudgeal
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** The game does enter into this with the later [=DLCs=], which expanded the start date from 1066 to the earlier 867 and 769 start dates. At these points in time, the Catholic and Orthodox churches were still essentially one and in communion with each other (although they did differ in some doctrine and the language of the Mass). The Great Schism that split the churches did not officially happen until the 11th century, and the distinction between 'Catholic' and 'Orthodox' would have much fussier. This means it's possible, as the Byzantine Emperor, to mend the Great Schism 200 years before it happened, by de-legitimizing a sect of Christianity that didn't (officially) exist at the time.

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** The game does enter into this with the later [=DLCs=], which expanded the start date from 1066 to the earlier 867 and 769 start dates. At these points in time, the Catholic and Orthodox churches were still essentially one and in communion with each other (although they did differ in some doctrine and the language of the Mass). The Great Schism that split the churches did not officially happen until the 11th century, and at these points in time the Latin and Greek churches were still in communion with each other and shared territory, making the distinction between of 'Catholic' and 'Orthodox' would have much fussier. This means it's possible, as the Byzantine Emperor, to mend the Great Schism 200 years before it happened, by de-legitimizing a sect of Christianity that didn't (officially) exist at the time.
11th Sep '17 7:17:57 AM Grudgeal
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII''. While the base game focuses on the crusading Catholics, the game features all 4 major branches of Christianity of the time (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Miaphysitism, and Nestorianism; Protestantism post-dates the gameplay period by a century) as playable religions; however, Catholicism and Orthodoxy are by far the most widely spread branches of the Christian faith. They also have a bunch of historical heresies (e.x Catharism for Catholicism, Iconoclasm for Orthodoxy), which, if powerful enough, can become the new main faith of their branch. Also, there DLC ''Legacy of Rome'' have the Byzantine/Roman Emperor can mend the Great Schism event[[note]]If Byzantine Empire control all four other important holy cities/sites beside Constantinople[[/note]], turning Catholicism into a new Orthodox heresy[[note]]other three more heresies in-universe are Bogomilism, Monothelitism, and Paulicanism[[/note]], effectively turning the trope into ''Christianity Is Orthodox'' in-universe instead.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII''. While the base game focuses on the crusading Catholics, the game features all 4 major branches of Christianity of the time (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Miaphysitism, and Nestorianism; Protestantism post-dates the gameplay period by a century) as playable religions; however, Catholicism and Orthodoxy are by far the most widely spread branches of the Christian faith. They also have a bunch of historical heresies (e.x Catharism for Catholicism, Iconoclasm for Orthodoxy), which, if powerful enough, can become the new main faith of their branch. Also, there the DLC ''Legacy of Rome'' have the Byzantine/Roman Emperor can mend the Great Schism event[[note]]If Byzantine Empire control all four other important holy cities/sites beside Constantinople[[/note]], turning Catholicism into a new Orthodox heresy[[note]]other three more heresies in-universe are Bogomilism, Monothelitism, and Paulicanism[[/note]], effectively turning the trope into ''Christianity Is Orthodox'' in-universe instead.instead.
** The game does enter into this with the later [=DLCs=], which expanded the start date from 1066 to the earlier 867 and 769 start dates. At these points in time, the Catholic and Orthodox churches were still essentially one and in communion with each other (although they did differ in some doctrine and the language of the Mass). The Great Schism that split the churches did not officially happen until the 11th century, and the distinction between 'Catholic' and 'Orthodox' would have much fussier. This means it's possible, as the Byzantine Emperor, to mend the Great Schism 200 years before it happened, by de-legitimizing a sect of Christianity that didn't (officially) exist at the time.
10th Sep '17 9:04:49 AM nombretomado
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* The Franchise/CSIVerse as a whole is overwhelmingly Catholic. An exception is Stella of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', who is apparently Orthodox--she makes the Sign of the Cross top, down, right, left (Catholic is top, down, left, right). However, this was depicted as happening in a Catholic church, so it's probably just a mistake.

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* The Franchise/CSIVerse Series/CSIVerse as a whole is overwhelmingly Catholic. An exception is Stella of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'', who is apparently Orthodox--she makes the Sign of the Cross top, down, right, left (Catholic is top, down, left, right). However, this was depicted as happening in a Catholic church, so it's probably just a mistake.
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