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16th Dec '17 4:56:29 PM ZeroSD
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* ''ComicBook/WarriorNunAreala'' by Ben Dunn is about, surprise, a Catholic Nun demon hunter from an order of demon-fighting priests and nuns. It helped kick off the trend of nun demon hunters in indie comic books.
9th Nov '17 11:36:01 PM Fireblood
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* So do many of the submariners in one scene of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. An usual HandWave is that they are Lithuanian like their commander, [[Creator/SeanConnery Marko Ramius]].[[note]]Lithuania is the only former Soviet republic with a Catholic majority, about 80%.[[/note]]

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* So do many of the submariners in one scene of the film adaptation of ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. An The usual HandWave is that they are Lithuanian like their commander, [[Creator/SeanConnery Marko Ramius]].[[note]]Lithuania is the only former Soviet republic with a Catholic majority, about 80%.[[/note]][[/note]] It's very unlikely that many would be Lithuanian however, given that the USSR had a large Russian majority (who also dominated things).



* In the Creator/JohnCarpenter film ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'', the Catholic Church was founded to protect the secret calculus formula of Jesus that proved the existence of the Anti-God, until humanity had developed the mathematics to understand it. By the way, in his ''Vampires'' the vampire hunters are funded by the Catholic Church.

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* In the Creator/JohnCarpenter film ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'', the Catholic Church was founded to protect the secret calculus formula of Jesus that proved the existence of the Anti-God, until humanity had developed the mathematics to understand it. By the way, in his ''Vampires'' ''Vampires'', the vampire hunters are funded by the Catholic Church.Church, and a priest ends up helping them.



** The focus on Catholicism versus Protestant is partly because of the ritual trappings of the denominations, partly because of it's longer history in India, and mostly because most Indian Christians are Catholics. Syrian Christian churches are native churches with a longer history, but they are South Indian and rarely do Bollywood films portray South Indian characters or situations.

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** The focus on Catholicism versus Protestant Protestantism is partly because of the ritual trappings of the denominations, partly because of it's its longer history in India, and mostly because most Indian Christians are Catholics. Syrian Christian churches are native churches with a longer history, but they are South Indian and rarely do Bollywood films portray South Indian characters or situations.



* In ''Film/HenryPooleIsHere'' the main character, Luke Wilson's, home has a supposed miraculous appearing of the Face of Christ on a wall. The claim is investigated by a priest [[spoiler: played by George Lopez none the less]] along with most of the film using Catholic imagery. Justified by the fact that the movie is set in a suburb of LA and the majority of the surrounding neighbors are Hispanic Catholics.

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* In ''Film/HenryPooleIsHere'' the main character, Luke Wilson's, character (Luke Wilson's) home has a supposed miraculous appearing of the Face of Christ on a wall. The claim is investigated by a priest [[spoiler: played by George Lopez none the no less]] along with most of the film using Catholic imagery. Justified by the fact that the movie is set in a suburb of LA and the majority of the surrounding neighbors are Hispanic Catholics. Miracles like this are also most commonly alleged and looked into by Catholics.



* ''Film/HomeMovies'' made an attempt to avert by having the main character be a Methodist '''priest''', complete with a priest collar. He was married and had children which is in keeping with protestant '''ministers''', however.

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* ''Film/HomeMovies'' made an attempt to avert by having the main character be a Methodist '''priest''', complete with a priest collar. He was married and had children which is in keeping with protestant Protestant '''ministers''', however.
9th Nov '17 11:09:05 PM Fireblood
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Any time you see Christianity displayed onscreen, there's a strong chance it'll feature exclusively or almost-exclusively Catholic trappings, such as rosaries, the Sign of the Cross, confessional booths, nuns, clerics referred to as "Father", and so on. It could be because Roman Catholicism is the largest branch of Christianity in the world, or it might be because the vestments of Roman Catholic clerics are so [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel quaint]] and [[GorgeousPeriodDress distinctive]], or perhaps it's the fascination of [[RuleOfSymbolism the mystery and ritual]], or maybe its our bewilderment of priests, monks, and nuns taking a [[CelibateHero vow of celibacy]], or that those [[CreepyCathedral ornate and massive Catholic churches make the most awesome sets]], or the usefulness of the [[{{Confessional}} sacrament of confession]] as a narrative device.

Or maybe it's just that it's downright absurd to associate rural Midwestern Lutherans, for instance, with OminousLatinChanting and Gothic aesthetics.[[note]] This is likely due to the Gothic's beginnings as thoroughly obsessed with Catholicism, given that, to the English Protestant writers of the original texts, Catholicism was both entirely strange and familiarly sinister. [[/note]] It also may well be that Catholicism is simply a more visible form of Christianity in the bicoastal urban milieux in which most writers work. Or that many writers hail from predominantly Catholic regions like Ireland, Poland, Bavaria, Italy, Latin America, or [[BigApplesauce New York City]].[[note]]Roughly a third of the city's population are Catholics, whereas the next-biggest Protestant denomination accounts for less than 2%.[[/note]] Not to mention that a considerable number of writers are themselves Catholic (or were [[RaisedCatholic raised that way]] at least), and may just find it easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what they know]].

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Any time you see Christianity displayed onscreen, there's a strong chance it'll feature exclusively or almost-exclusively Catholic trappings, such as rosaries, the Sign of the Cross, confessional booths, nuns, clerics referred to as "Father", and so on. It could be because Roman Catholicism is the largest branch of Christianity in the world, or it might be because the vestments of Roman Catholic clerics are so [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel quaint]] and [[GorgeousPeriodDress distinctive]], or perhaps it's the fascination of [[RuleOfSymbolism the mystery and ritual]], or maybe its our bewilderment of at priests, monks, and nuns taking a [[CelibateHero vow of celibacy]], or that those [[CreepyCathedral ornate and massive Catholic churches make the most awesome sets]], or the usefulness of the [[{{Confessional}} sacrament of confession]] as a narrative device.

Or maybe it's just that it's downright absurd to associate rural Midwestern Lutherans, for instance, with OminousLatinChanting and Gothic aesthetics.[[note]] This [[note]]This is likely due to the Gothic's beginnings as thoroughly obsessed with Catholicism, given that, to the English Protestant writers of the original texts, Catholicism was both entirely strange and familiarly sinister. sinister.[[/note]] It also may well be that Catholicism is simply a more visible form of Christianity in the bicoastal urban milieux in which most writers work. Or that many writers hail from predominantly Catholic regions like Ireland, Poland, Bavaria, Italy, Latin America, or [[BigApplesauce New York City]].[[note]]Roughly a third of the city's population are Catholics, whereas the next-biggest Protestant denomination accounts for less than 2%.[[/note]] Not to mention that a considerable number of writers are themselves Catholic (or were [[RaisedCatholic raised that way]] at least), and may just find it easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what they know]].



This can also apply to beliefs -- expect to see many Christians mention Purgatory, original sin, the seven deadly sins, excommunication, even though these doctrines are not held by many Protestant sects.

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This can also apply to beliefs -- expect to see many Christians mention Purgatory, original sin, the seven deadly sins, sins and excommunication, even though these doctrines are not held by many Protestant sects.



Note that this trope doesn't apply to all countries; outside the U.S., Protestant countries tend to assume Protestantism. The English 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). In Scotland, there is the Presbyterian "Kirk"; in Wales there is the Anglican Church in Wales and large numbers of Methodist; while NorthernIreland is divided between Anglican Church of Ireland, Presbyteriand and Catholic. 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]]).

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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 English 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). In Scotland, there is the Presbyterian "Kirk"; in Wales there is the Anglican Church in Wales and large numbers of Methodist; Methodists; while NorthernIreland is divided between Anglican Church of Ireland, Presbyteriand Presbyterian and Catholic. The Russian default is the [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox Church]].[[note]]Which, despite being the largest single non-Catholic denomination, has somehow not been mentioned more than 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]]).
26th Oct '17 9:18:57 AM drwhom
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Or maybe it's just that it's downright absurd to associate rural Midwestern Lutherans, for instance, with OminousLatinChanting and Gothic aesthetics.[[note]] This is likely due to the Gothic's beginnings as thoroughly obsessed with Catholicism, given that, to the English Protestant writers of the original texts, Catholicism was both entirely strange and familiarly sinister. [[/note]] It also may well be that Catholicism is simply a more visible form of Christianity in the bicoastal urban milieux in which most writers work. Or that many writers hail from predominantly Catholic regions like Ireland, Poland, Bavaria, Italy, Latin America, or [[BigApplesauce New York City]].[[note]]Roughly a third of the city's population are Catholics, whereas the next-biggest Protestant denomination accounts for less than 2%[[/note]] Not to mention that a considerable number of writers are themselves Catholic (or were [[RaisedCatholic raised that way]] at least), and may just find it easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what they know]].

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Or maybe it's just that it's downright absurd to associate rural Midwestern Lutherans, for instance, with OminousLatinChanting and Gothic aesthetics.[[note]] This is likely due to the Gothic's beginnings as thoroughly obsessed with Catholicism, given that, to the English Protestant writers of the original texts, Catholicism was both entirely strange and familiarly sinister. [[/note]] It also may well be that Catholicism is simply a more visible form of Christianity in the bicoastal urban milieux in which most writers work. Or that many writers hail from predominantly Catholic regions like Ireland, Poland, Bavaria, Italy, Latin America, or [[BigApplesauce New York City]].[[note]]Roughly a third of the city's population are Catholics, whereas the next-biggest Protestant denomination accounts for less than 2%[[/note]] 2%.[[/note]] Not to mention that a considerable number of writers are themselves Catholic (or were [[RaisedCatholic raised that way]] at least), and may just find it easier to [[WriteWhatYouKnow write what they know]].
24th Oct '17 1:56:24 PM LordKeane
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This can also apply to beliefs -- expect to see many Christians mention Purgatory, original sin, the seven deadly sins, excommunication, even though these doctrines are not held by many Protestant sects.



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]]).

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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 English 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).Church). In Scotland, there is the Presbyterian "Kirk"; in Wales there is the Anglican Church in Wales and large numbers of Methodist; while NorthernIreland is divided between Anglican Church of Ireland, Presbyteriand and Catholic. 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]]).



* There's a surprisingly high number of Catholics on ''Series/TheWestWing'' -- despite the fact that they're a relative minority in government -- including two consecutive Presidents (in real life, there has only been ''one'' Catholic President). Since guilt and redemption are major themes of the series, and President Bartlet himself almost became a priest, it seems Catholicism made for more interesting stories. There's also a high number of open atheists (including the ''Republican nominee for President''), so it may have to do with the show's commitment to greater diversity.

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* There's a surprisingly high number of Catholics on ''Series/TheWestWing'' -- despite the fact that they're a relative minority in government -- including two consecutive Presidents (in real life, there has only been ''one'' Catholic President).President, JFK). Since guilt and redemption are major themes of the series, and President Bartlet himself almost became a priest, it seems Catholicism made for more interesting stories. There's also a high number of open atheists (including the ''Republican nominee for President''), so it may have to do with the show's commitment to greater diversity.


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**However, at one point Troy postulates that everyone is in Purgatory. Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe in Purgatory.
20th Oct '17 5:52:39 PM appealus
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* In ''Series/Westword'' the church Dolorous walks appears very Protestant. Yet it has a very Catholic confessional.

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* In ''Series/Westword'' ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' the church Dolorous Dolores walks appears very Protestant. Yet it has a very Catholic confessional.
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.
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