Organized religion serves as a major source of authority figures. Fiction can build on this by attributing to TheChurch an absurd amount of power, [[TheTheocracy official]] or [[NGOSuperpower not]], and organization, or go the other direction and portray its members as [[TheVicar harmless old men sipping tea]].

Subtropes include SaintlyChurch, CorruptChurch, ScamReligion, PathOfInspiration, and ReligionOfEvil.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Saint Church in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise.
* The futuristic "Catholic" Church in ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.

* The Faith of the Seven in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
* The Churches of the Redeemer and of the Sister in ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky''.
* The Sole and Unified Church of the [[{{God}} Triune]] in the ''Literature/ArciaChronicles''.
* The Esperatian and Ollarian Churches in ''Literature/ReflectionsOfEterna''.
* The Church of the Creators in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords''.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', the priesthood of Hananja essentially rules the city-state of Gujaareh, with most of the city's power centered in the Hetawa, where the priests live, rather than with the palace and the Prince. Hananja's priests also serve as the gatekeepers of Hananja's magic.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: The religious center of Stoneroot is powerful enough to challenge the lord and important enough that the populace simply refers to it as "The Church."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Ecclesiarchy in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
* The Holy Church of Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Chantry of Andraste in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series. Also, the Imperial Chantry.
* The Holy Church from {{Franchise/Nasuverse}}.
* The Church of Granas from ''GrandiaII''.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': The Aedra-worshiping Imperial Cult tends toward SaintlyChurch, while ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s Tribunal Temple, worshiping a triad of {{Physical God}}s, is something of a ScamReligion (corrupt leaders, but the worshipers can be anywhere on the scale). By ''Skyrim'' the Tribunal Temple has become the ''New'' Temple as a result of the aforementioned Tribunal of {{Physical God}}s either being killed or going missing. From the limited exposure to it, it seems to be fairly similar to the old Temple, albeit with the former Daedric Anticipations of the Tribunal slotted back in on the top as Reclamations, and the Tribunal demoted to saints.