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17th Oct '17 10:53:50 PM jonathx
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* ''TabletopGame/ShadowRun'': The Catholic Church is still the largest Christian denomination in the Sixth World, but was forced to change in light of the Awakening. The Church was at first hostile towards magic and metahumanity, but with the landmark Papal encyclical ''Imago Dei'' has officially changed its stance and accepted that metahumans do have souls. The church now classifies magic like any other weapon or tool: it is how it is used that makes magic good or evil. The Order of St. Silvester is a new monastic order founded specifically to promote the beneficial use of magic, investigate magical phenomena, and raise awareness about magic to parts of the Church that still view it with suspicion. [[spoiler:The Order is also a front for the New Knights Templar, and Sylvestrine monks supply the Templars with magical support.]]
** Catholicism has been entirely outlawed and forced underground in Aztlan (post-Awakening Central America), and is persecuted in the elf-controlled state of Tir na nÓg (post-Awakening Ireland). Furthermore, the French and German branches of the Church, along with other more conservative dioceses around the world, went into schism with the Church in protest of ''Imago Dei'' and its acceptance of metahumans and magic. In light of its more embattled position, the Church has created new [[ChurchMilitant militant orders]] to defend its faith and its faithful, most notably The New Knights Templar and the New Jesuits.
13th Oct '17 6:49:12 AM CosmicFerret
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* Brother Theo and his group of Cistercian monks working on BabylonFive are very tech savvy. This is an important plot point in several episodes as they help identify saboteurs and conduct espionage against the fascist EarthGov.

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* Brother Theo and his group of Cistercian monks working on BabylonFive Series/BabylonFive are very tech savvy. This is an important plot point in several episodes as they help identify saboteurs and conduct espionage against the fascist EarthGov.
23rd Aug '17 8:13:33 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'' HistoricalFantasy series, priests and nuns can be magicians, and the Church apparently includes some non-humans, with one Venetian church having a "water chapel" for undines. This is all [[TheMasquerade hidden from most ordinary folk]], though.

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* In the ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'' ''Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria'' HistoricalFantasy series, priests and nuns can be magicians, and the Church apparently includes some non-humans, with one Venetian church having a "water chapel" for undines. This is all [[TheMasquerade hidden from most ordinary folk]], though.
2nd Jul '17 8:27:44 PM baschapp
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-> Often the Church will fight and destroy all manner of unholy creatures (or creatures they have deemed as such), either overtly, or covertly in a MildlyMilitary sub-organization of the church. Demons, Vampires, Werewolves and ravenous spirits seem to be the most popular villains, but when the Church is fighting Fey creatures, witches and other things that are nice or cute, then it's a sign they are being portrayed as {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s or KnightTemplar types. See: ChurchMilitant.

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-> Often the Church will fight and destroy all manner of unholy creatures (or creatures they have deemed as such), either overtly, or covertly in a MildlyMilitary sub-organization of the church. Demons, Vampires, Werewolves and ravenous spirits seem to be the most popular villains, but when the Church is fighting Fey creatures, witches and other things that are nice or cute, then it's usually a sign they are being portrayed as {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s or KnightTemplar types. See: ChurchMilitant.
25th Jun '17 9:29:06 AM nombretomado
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* The Catholic Church is also one of the few Christian faiths that still trains exorcists, so movies such as TheExorcist are rather TruthInTelevision. In the rare cases that a priest from another faith tradition believes that someone is under DemonicPossession (not unknown, but ''vanishingly'' rare - and a subject of controversy as to whether it's real at all - in RealLife), they'll ask the nearest Catholic priest for help. That priest, however, will refer the person to the local Bishop or Archbishop, who then will demand a battery of physical and psychological tests to exclude any illness that would produce similar effects to a possession. It is only after that, having exhausted any possible temporal causes, that the person will be allowed to see one of the Church's trained exorcists.

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* The Catholic Church is also one of the few Christian faiths that still trains exorcists, so movies such as TheExorcist ''Film/TheExorcist'' are rather TruthInTelevision. In the rare cases that a priest from another faith tradition believes that someone is under DemonicPossession (not unknown, but ''vanishingly'' rare - and a subject of controversy as to whether it's real at all - in RealLife), they'll ask the nearest Catholic priest for help. That priest, however, will refer the person to the local Bishop or Archbishop, who then will demand a battery of physical and psychological tests to exclude any illness that would produce similar effects to a possession. It is only after that, having exhausted any possible temporal causes, that the person will be allowed to see one of the Church's trained exorcists.
22nd Apr '17 12:03:42 PM EDP
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* The French comic ''{{ComicBook/666}}'' combines just about all the subtropes along with a healthy does of AmericaWinsTheWar. When Hell invades, it falls to an [[EagleLand all-American]] BadassPreacher to save the world using holy relics, ridiculously large guns (and a combination thereof), and ''nuking Hell'' isn't even the endpoint of the series.

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* The French comic ''{{ComicBook/666}}'' ''ComicBook/{{666}}'' combines just about all the subtropes along with a healthy does of AmericaWinsTheWar. When Hell invades, it falls to an [[EagleLand all-American]] BadassPreacher to save the world using holy relics, ridiculously large guns (and a combination thereof), and ''nuking Hell'' isn't even the endpoint of the series.


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* The Italian satiric comic ''Suore Ninja'' (transl. "Ninja Nuns") maintains a small force of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ninja-trained nuns]], originally formed centuries ago to deal with an AlienInvasion expected in three years time (that didn't actually come in time-the aliens were measuring based on ''their'' years when they announced their coming for war three years later, so they don't show up until the 21st century), and are first seen on-page fighing a ZombieApocalypse.
6th Feb '17 9:34:04 PM Ramidel
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** That does not include the growing Pentecostal/Charismatic movements whose explicit distinctions involve literal beliefs in miracles and the supernatural, with many running "Deliverance Ministries" for the dual purpose of expelling demons from an individual and bringing that individual to Christ.
18th Nov '16 10:41:31 AM tricksterson
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* ''Dreadful Skin'' by Cherie Priest features a badass nun pursuing a werewolf across the post-Civil War United States [[spoiler: who during the course of the book becomes a werewolf herself but manages to control it through a combination of willpower and drugs]]
20th Oct '16 10:43:58 PM Malvina
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->Far from just praying and allowing circumstances and the Holy Spirit to guide them in determining God's will, this Church need do nothing so roundabout. Angels, Saints, even Jesus himself may routinely materialize before clergy or certain people, and try to guide them on the right path or act as mentors or {{Guardian Angel}}s. God probably won't show up, but the Big Man will definitely be mentioned by beings who know him personally and act as his messengers.

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->Far from just praying and allowing circumstances and the Holy Spirit to guide them in determining God's will, this Church need needs to do nothing so roundabout. Angels, Saints, even Jesus himself may routinely materialize before clergy or certain people, and try to guide them on the right path or act as mentors or {{Guardian Angel}}s. God probably won't show up, but the Big Man will definitely be mentioned by beings who know him personally and act as his messengers.
30th Jul '16 11:51:17 AM nombretomado
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* DanBrown features the church involved in intrigue and conspiracies:

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* DanBrown Creator/DanBrown features the church involved in intrigue and conspiracies:
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