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25th Apr '17 7:01:41 PM PaulA
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* The Rus church in the first novel of Creator/WilliamRForstchen's ''Literature/TheLastRegiment'' series appears to be a mix of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Old Slavic pagan beliefs. The priesthood, especially the head of the church Rasnar, schemes of restoring his church to the power it once held over both the boyars and the Rus people. He convinces Boyar Ivor's bastard brother Mikhail to try to kill his brother and take control over the city-state of Suzdal. The attempt fails thanks to the 35th Maine, but Kasmar's fellow priests in neighboring city-states stage an attack and capture two Yankee soldiers. They are then tortured by a priest for information on the use of muskets, with the priest shooting one of them in the head just to test the weapon. By the end of the novel, Rasnar and many of his priests are either dead or stripped of their position. Instead, Rasnar's NumberTwo Kasmar, who has always believed that the church should serve the people not the other way around, becomes the head of the church and frequently puts on the black robes of a simple priest, only donning the gold robes of his position for grand announcements.

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* The Rus church in the first novel of Creator/WilliamRForstchen's ''Literature/TheLastRegiment'' ''Literature/TheLostRegiment'' series appears to be a mix of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Old Slavic pagan beliefs. The priesthood, especially the head of the church Rasnar, schemes of restoring his church to the power it once held over both the boyars and the Rus people. He convinces Boyar Ivor's bastard brother Mikhail to try to kill his brother and take control over the city-state of Suzdal. The attempt fails thanks to the 35th Maine, but Kasmar's fellow priests in neighboring city-states stage an attack and capture two Yankee soldiers. They are then tortured by a priest for information on the use of muskets, with the priest shooting one of them in the head just to test the weapon. By the end of the novel, Rasnar and many of his priests are either dead or stripped of their position. Instead, Rasnar's NumberTwo Kasmar, who has always believed that the church should serve the people not the other way around, becomes the head of the church and frequently puts on the black robes of a simple priest, only donning the gold robes of his position for grand announcements.
23rd Apr '17 12:39:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara'' and the sequal ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', the Holy Church is one, taxing, enslaving, and sacrificing people.

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* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara'' ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' and the sequal ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', the Holy Church is one, taxing, enslaving, and sacrificing people.
21st Apr '17 10:51:29 AM aziuka
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* [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny The Republic of Gilead]] in ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' is a Christian fundamentalist theocracy that came to existence after the US government was replaced by a group of religious fanatics. While on the surface the leaders propagate piety and "traditional values" (such as the brutal oppression of women and the demonization of sex), in reality they rely heavily on the presence of the black market and enjoy participating in forbidden activities such as lesbian orgies.
20th Apr '17 10:23:25 PM kome360
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** In one particular bounty hunt against them, they're busy torturing commoners ''in the middle of an undead-infested field''. The only thing worse than their literal ignorance of the demonic forces around them is how the demons ''fight alongside them'', showing the player just how completely deluded they have become.
28th Mar '17 1:50:18 PM Rhodes7
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* Played with in ''Series/{{Medici}}''. In their youth the Medici brothers scheme, bribe and blackmail to make a former scoundrel the pope, with the understanding that he shall patronize the Medici bank. However, Eugene IV goes on to become TheGoodShepherd, described by Cosimo as the first truly holy man he's ever met.
20th Mar '17 9:47:08 PM DustSnitch
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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' Planet Yugopotamia has a church that appears in one episode, though examples of corruption don't come up during that scene, but then again, [[BizarroWorld Yugopotamians behave oppositely to humans]], so you could only imagine [[ReligionOfEvil what Yugopotamian religion is like]].
** Or * [[{{Squick}} shudder]]* [[EldritchAbomination what their God is like]].
*** Of course, if humans tend to picture God in their own image, and the Yugopotamians are alien squid-monsters...
20th Mar '17 9:46:08 PM DustSnitch
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Reverend Lovejoy is always judgemental towards everybody, yet at the same time he doesn't always seem to know or care that much about what's in the Bible and Ned Flanders, his most devout follower, irritates him more than that he supports him. Lovejoy is also clearly OnlyInItForTheMoney as he is most intent in letting the collection plate pass around. There have also been many times he loses his faith in times of crises and in the face of his local church community, only to quickly get back to his former self when everything returns to normal.
** He was once a genuinely good reverend with strong faith, but Ned's constant questions ended up beating it out of him.
--> '''Lovejoy''': (while splashing gasoline all round the church) I never thought I'd have to do ''this'' again.
27th Feb '17 12:46:01 AM IncreaseBlue
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* ''Podcast/DiceFunk'' is an anthology series with each season switching cast and story, and yet this manages to be a recurring theme. In season 1, one player character is secretly on the run from a sect that wished to marry them off to the most advantageous suitor, whereas in the second season, a different set of corrupt church leaders, Sheriff K and Mayor Moreno, are actually on the player character's side, banding together to save both the world and their beloved daughter.
18th Feb '17 7:05:19 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', the [[TheChurch Hetawa]] has been controlling Gujaareh by turning the elite into magical drug addicts.
12th Feb '17 5:57:08 AM emperors
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* TV miniseries of ''Literature/WorldWithoutEnd'' presents the Catholic Church as very corrupt, especially the Priory, under Godwyn and Philemon. The priests constantly burn "witches", refuse to stop the plague, and tax poor people into poverty. The church is so corrupt to the point that the main character, Caris, displays some Agnostic beliefs at one point.
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