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* Also averted in EuropeaUniversalis also from the same developers as CrusaderKings. The early game already features historical scenarios of wars between Protestant and Catholic nations with the nation you choosing affecting alliances, travel routes, and objectives. Later games not only expand on the functions such as allowing to convert to different factions, but even puts restrictions and advantages based on religious faction (such as being able to call to Rome to stop an invasion by another Catholic country).

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* Also averted in EuropeaUniversalis ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis'', also from the same developers as CrusaderKings.''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''. The early game already features historical scenarios of wars between Protestant and Catholic nations with the nation you choosing affecting alliances, travel routes, and objectives. Later games not only expand on the functions such as allowing to convert to different factions, but even puts restrictions and advantages based on religious faction (such as being able to call to Rome to stop an invasion by another Catholic country).


* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' is a Catholic schoolgirl, her base of operations is a Catholic church, her informant is an "[[NunsAreMikos apprentice nun]]", and all the victims that she helps are also Catholic. Given that they're in a predominantly ''Shinto'' country, it's odd that no one seems to notice.
** Her informant is also blatantly breaking the rules of confidentiality regarding the confessional, which is something real clergy could get a ''lot'' of trouble for. [[note]]Breaking the seal of confession results in instant excommunication that can only be lifted by the Pope after personally hearing the offending priest's confession.[[/note]]
*** And nuns have no access to confessional secrets! Only male priests do and they can't even share them amongst themselves.

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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' is a Catholic schoolgirl, her base of operations is a Catholic church, her informant is an "[[NunsAreMikos apprentice nun]]", nun]]" (who blatantly breaks the rules of confidentiality regarding the confessional, which is something real clergy could get a ''lot'' of trouble for)[[note]]Breaking the seal of confession results in instant excommunication that can only be lifted by the Pope after personally hearing the offending priest's confession[[/note]], and all the victims that she helps are also Catholic. Given that they're in a predominantly ''Shinto'' country, it's odd that no one seems to notice.
** Her informant is also blatantly breaking the rules of confidentiality regarding the confessional, which is something real clergy could get a ''lot'' of trouble for. [[note]]Breaking the seal of confession results in instant excommunication that can only be lifted by the Pope after personally hearing the offending priest's confession.[[/note]]
*** And nuns have no access to confessional secrets! Only male priests do and they can't even share them amongst themselves.
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** T*A possibly stands for Thomas Aquainus.
*** Then there is the Catholic imagery in the fist [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]'s S season.

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** T*A possibly stands for Thomas Aquainus.
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%%*** Then there is the Catholic imagery in the fist [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]'s S season.



* The {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has a priest healer class with Catholic-themed skill names ([[FauxSymbolism in Latin, no less!]]) such as "Signum Crucis" (Sign of the Cross), "Impositio Manus" (Laying-on of hands), "Angelus" (a Catholic prayer) and "Magnus Exorcismus" (Great Exorcism). However the Catholicity ends with the [[{{Stripperiffic}} questionably dressed]] ''female'' priest characters.
** Although female Acolytes, the class preceding Priest, are one of the most conservatively dressed classes in any MMORPG ever. There may be some symbolism going on here, like the progression into womanhood (ala NunsAreMikos and the Miko's association with purity/virginity)
** And the male Priest's attire is a bit questionable and all, you know, at least for the profession.
** To make things even stranger, the game itself is supposed to be based on Norse mythology, with some [=NPCs=] even making references to the Norse gods in a way that suggests they exist in-universe.
*** Could be that the religion in the world is a syncretized one?

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* The {{M|assivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame}}MORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has a priest healer class with Catholic-themed skill names ([[FauxSymbolism in Latin, no less!]]) such as "Signum Crucis" (Sign of the Cross), "Impositio Manus" (Laying-on of hands), "Angelus" (a Catholic prayer) and "Magnus Exorcismus" (Great Exorcism). However the Catholicity ends with the [[{{Stripperiffic}} questionably dressed]] ''female'' priest characters.
** Although female Acolytes, the class preceding Priest, are one of the most conservatively dressed classes in any MMORPG ever. There may be some symbolism going on here, like the progression into womanhood (ala NunsAreMikos and the Miko's association with purity/virginity)
** And the male Priest's attire is a bit questionable and all, you know, at least for the profession.
**
characters. To make things even stranger, the game itself is supposed to be based on Norse mythology, with some [=NPCs=] even making references to the Norse gods in a way that suggests they exist in-universe.
*** Could be that the religion in the world is a syncretized one?
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* The [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Supreme Court]] has, for the first time in its history, no Protestant judges. In fact, it has five Catholics (six until Antonin Scalia died in 2016) and three [[YouHaveToHaveJews Jews]] (for context, the Court is now over 33 percent Jewish, while the nation they represent is ''less than'' 3 percent Jewish!). Oddly enough, the nation has had only one Catholic President out of 43. Kennedy's religion was a matter of controversy at the time, as Americans have been traditionally wary of Catholicism's recognition of a European figure as a seat of authority (the Pope). UsefulNotes/JoeBiden is the first Catholic Vice President, out of 47 Vice Presidents.

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* The From 2010 to 2017 [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts United States Supreme Court]] has, had, for the first time in its history, no Protestant judges. In fact, it has five had six Catholics (six until (five after Antonin Scalia died in 2016) and three [[YouHaveToHaveJews Jews]] (for context, the Court is now over 33 percent Jewish, while the nation they represent is ''less than'' 3 percent Jewish!).Jewish!). This period of no Protestants ended with the appointment of the Episcopalian Neil Gorsuch in 2017 (although he has flirted with Catholicism), and the dominance of Catholics on the Court continued when Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to replace Anthony Kennedy in 2018. Oddly enough, the nation has had only one Catholic President out of 43. Kennedy's religion was a matter of controversy at the time, as Americans have been traditionally wary of Catholicism's recognition of a European figure as a seat of authority (the Pope). UsefulNotes/JoeBiden is the first Catholic Vice President, out of 47 Vice Presidents.


This trope doesn't seem to apply to [[TheWestern Westerns]], where any minister (or "preacher") will generally be portrayed as a black-coated Evangelical Lutheran or Methodist type, when he isn't a Quaker or a Mormon. However, if the film shows the padre of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Mexican]] village, this trope will be played straight--although frankly [[JustifiedTrope this was usually true]]. It may also appear as part of an EstablishingShot for other traditionally Catholic places such as Italy or France. African-American churches will almost always be depicted as Baptist, Methodist, or Pentecostal, as will white [[DeepSouth Southern]] churches (with the one exception being UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, home to the largest Catholic diocese in the U.S.). Meanwhile, the upper-class WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant, usually residing in the tonier precincts of HollywoodNewEngland and belonging to one of the more venerable "mainline" denominations such as the Episcopal Church, which has many of the same styles, equipment and decor[[note]]Episcopalians have long been a popular choice for writers wishing to show Catholic-style liturgy and aesthetics without the strict lifestyle requirements, or "Catholic Lite" as Creator/RobinWilliams once called it.[[/note]] is a stock character of long standing.

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This trope doesn't seem to apply to [[TheWestern Westerns]], where any minister (or "preacher") will generally be portrayed as a black-coated Evangelical Lutheran or Methodist type, when he isn't a Quaker or a Mormon. However, if the film shows the padre of a [[UsefulNotes/{{Mexico}} Mexican]] village, this trope will be played straight--although frankly [[JustifiedTrope this was usually true]]. It may also appear as part of an EstablishingShot for other traditionally Catholic places such as Italy or France. African-American churches will almost always be depicted as Baptist, Methodist, or Pentecostal, as will white [[DeepSouth Southern]] churches (with the one exception being UsefulNotes/NewOrleans, home to the largest Catholic diocese in the U.S.). Meanwhile, the upper-class WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant, usually residing in the tonier precincts of HollywoodNewEngland and belonging to one of the more venerable "mainline" denominations such as the Episcopal Church, which has many of the same styles, equipment and decor[[note]]Episcopalians have long been a popular choice for writers wishing to show Catholic-style liturgy and aesthetics without the strict lifestyle requirements, or "Catholic Lite" as Creator/RobinWilliams (himself an Episcopalian) once called it.[[/note]] is a stock character of long standing.

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* It varies in ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales, depending on the setting. "St. Nicholas, A Story of Joyful Giving" is set in third century Turkey, making the represented church Catholic. However, episodes like "An Easter Carol" and "The Star of Christmas" are set in Victorian England, and thus the Church of England is represented. In "Twas the Night Before Easter," set in 21st century America, the church featured is the "Crisper County Gospel Church," a Protestant church of unspecified denomination. However, due to the presence of Gospel music along with Bob the Tomato wearing a Clerical collar and references to Infant Baptism, it could be guessed that it's a Methodist church. It's worth noting that the show's creator, Phil Vischer, is a member of the United Church of Christ.


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 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.

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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 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.
device, or that the world-wide geographical and historical reaches of Catholicism as an organization help to extend the narrative settings.


* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' features two fallen angels whose actions of disrupting a Catholic church's anniversary celebration would lead to a CessationOfExistence, and Creator/GeorgeCarlin's character is the Catholic cardinal more concerned with the event going off without a hitch than the warnings about the angels. Oddly enough, the movie postulates that Catholic dogma can undo all of creation but no mention is made of conflicting dogmatic principles found in hundreds of other denominations, some of which predate Catholicism.[[note]]Since discussions of religion and their origins are likely to be filled more with FlameBait than historical record (which isn't why TV Tropes exists), RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement should apply here.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' features two fallen angels whose actions of disrupting a Catholic church's anniversary celebration would lead to a CessationOfExistence, and Creator/GeorgeCarlin's character is the Catholic cardinal more concerned with the event going off without a hitch than the warnings about the angels. Oddly enough, the movie postulates that Catholic dogma can undo all of creation but no mention is made of conflicting dogmatic principles found in hundreds of other denominations, some of which predate Catholicism.[[note]]Since discussions of religion and their origins are likely to be filled more with FlameBait than historical record (which isn't why TV Tropes exists), RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment should apply here.[[/note]]


In much fiction, despite the portrayal of Christians as Catholics, most [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] [[AsTheGoodBookSays quotations]] will be from the King James Version, a ''Protestant'' translation.[[note]] In fact, many Catholics seem to think that the King James Bible is the ''only'' Bible used by Protestants, or that its new editions are still written in archaic language (which they aren't). [[/note]] Everything just sounds way more "[[HollywoodApocrypha biblical]]" [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe with thee's and thou's and ye's]] (although Catholics have the Douay-Rheims, an English translation which came at about the same time). Still, the King James renderings are much more familiar in a highly "Protestant-by-default" culture. Psalm 23, for example, is usually rendered the "KJV way" ("The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.") even among English-speaking Catholics.[[note]]The Douay rendering is "The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing." Also, a different division of chapters makes it the twenty-''second'' psalm.[[/note]] The even more traditional Vulgate Bible will almost ''never'' be quoted, although it can happen because it's written in [[AltumVidetur Latin]].

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In much fiction, despite the portrayal of Christians as Catholics, most [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] [[AsTheGoodBookSays quotations]] will be from the King James Version, a ''Protestant'' translation.[[note]] In fact, many Catholics seem to think that the King James Bible is the ''only'' Bible used by Protestants, or that its new editions are still written in archaic language (which they aren't). [[/note]] Everything just sounds way more "[[HollywoodApocrypha biblical]]" [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe with thee's and thou's and ye's]] (although Catholics have the Douay-Rheims, an English translation which came at about the same time). Still, the King James renderings are much more familiar in a highly "Protestant-by-default" culture. Psalm 23, for example, is usually rendered the "KJV way" ("The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.") even among English-speaking Catholics.[[note]]The Douay rendering is "The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing." Also, a different division of chapters makes it the twenty-''second'' psalm.[[/note]] The even more traditional Vulgate Bible will almost ''never'' be quoted, although it can happen because it's written in [[AltumVidetur [[GratuitousLatin Latin]].


* Averted in ''Film/{{Frailty}}''. While the family's religion is never discussed in the final cut of the film, a deleted scene reveals them to be Baptist. Bill Paxton stated that he cut the scene in order to make them "generically Christian."

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Frailty}}''. While the family's religion is never discussed in the final cut of the film, a deleted scene reveals them to be Baptist. Bill Paxton Creator/BillPaxton stated that he cut the scene in order to make them "generically Christian."


* ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'' is an particularly egregious example: the only Christians we see are the Teutonic Knights and the bishops representing the Pope who are automatically Catholic, yet despite the movie taking place in medieval Russia, there is virtually no reference of Orthodox Christianity whatsoever among the Russians - there are no crosses on churches and their banners feature no images of Jesus, only generic beasts. This makes sense in a meta perspective: the movie was a Soviet production with a heavy anti-religious tract, therefore the Christians are [[CorruptChurch the bad guys]] while the heroic Russians are highly secularized.

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* ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'' is an particularly egregious example: the only Christians we see are the Teutonic Knights and the bishops representing the Pope who are automatically Catholic, yet despite the movie taking place in medieval Russia, there is virtually no reference of Orthodox Christianity whatsoever among the Russians - there are no crosses on churches and their banners feature no images of Jesus, only generic beasts. This makes sense in a meta perspective: the movie was a Soviet production with a heavy anti-religious tract, therefore the Christians are [[CorruptChurch the bad guys]] while the [[SecularHero heroic Russians are highly secularized.secularized]].
* ''Film/{{Silence}}'' takes place in Feudal Japan when the first European country to make contact with them were the Roman Catholic Portuguese, so naturally Catholicism is the faith being preached there. This becomes a plot point when [[spoiler:there are Japanese converts that keep their faith in secret but Ferreira doesn't considers it "really Christian" since it doesn't resemble Catholicism, which makes him lose his faith and commit apostasy]]. There is also a Dutch character in the movie and while his faith goes unmentioned, it's presumed he is probably a Calvinist considering the time period (the Protestant Reformation having already taken place) and that the Dutch also had a limited contact with Japan.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}'': Catholicism is the most dominant Christian faith due to the Crusaders being displaced from Medieval Era into Yrth before the Protestant Reformation took place. This is invoked in-universe by the Curia which decided, upon hearing news of the Protestant Reformation and the turmoil it brought from Banestorm victims, to stop Protestantism from ever taking root in this world, forcibly converting Protestants brought by Banestorm, mind wiping them, or killing them. It is however noted that Protestantism still survives underground (or openly in Cardiel and Muslim countries), with the Huguenots being the largest tradition.


* ''Film/EndOfDays'', of course ''Film/{{Stigmata}}'', ''The Sin Eater''...
** ...in fact, just about every gothic-religious-horror film concerning demons / angels / Satan or the coming of the Apocalypse is saturated with Catholicism; secret orders of frowning priests waiting with trepidation for the Signs of Doom so they can explain the plot to the hero, cross-clutching virginal martyrs, and orders of very traditional Satanists.
** This genre is probably whatever's left of the 'OMG SATANIC WITCH CULTS' horror film genre. Think ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' or just about anything by Film/HammerHorror, up to and including their version of ''Dracula'' which were popular in the 60s and 70s.
** Exception: ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', where the main characters are Protestant.


* [[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.

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* [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Series/{{Medici}}''.''Series/MediciMastersOfFlorence''. 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.


*** Not necessarily. Remember Nightow is in Japan, a country so out of touch with the Christian world and one whose only significant contact with Christianity was with Catholic priestly orders (who were expelled once persecution of Christians began). Before any other denomination could attempt to install a base, the Tokugawan shogunate shut Japan for good and remaining Christians went underground. Even to this day Roman Catholicism is what Japanese people immediately picture with Christianity. Its serious enough that even non-Catholic Christians in Japan often don't realize the differences between denomination which is a heartache problem for Western religious leaders in the country. Also Nightow himself is also specifically a Roman Catholic so it would make sense he'd show Christianity as Catholesque. Although as I mentioned earlier, he mostly downplays the trope and even averts it with how Wolfwood not only has beliefs and lives a lifestyles against Catholic tenets but Wolfwood is part of a dubious organization thats acts very quite unChristian.

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*** Not necessarily. Remember Remember, Nightow is in Japan, a country so out of touch with the Christian world and one whose only significant contact with Christianity was with Catholic priestly orders (who were expelled once persecution of Christians began). Before any other denomination could attempt to install a base, the Tokugawan shogunate shut Japan for good and remaining Christians went underground. Even to this day day, Roman Catholicism is what Japanese people immediately picture with Christianity. Its It's serious enough that even non-Catholic Christians in Japan often don't realize the differences between denomination denomination, which is a heartache problem for Western religious leaders in the country. Also Also, Nightow himself is also specifically a Roman Catholic Catholic, so it would make sense he'd show Christianity as Catholesque. Although And as I mentioned earlier, above, he mostly downplays the trope and even averts it with how Wolfwood not only has beliefs and lives a lifestyles lifestyle against Catholic tenets tenets, but Wolfwood is also part of a dubious organization thats that acts very quite unChristian.un-Christian.


*** Should be pointed out that in the manga Wolfwood was never officially ordained in what is deemed proper in Catholicism. In fact the religious organization forced him into the ranks of clergy and the organization itself acts so far off that no denomination irl (well at least visibly mainstream) would fit the specific Church he's serving at all. They train initiated men to becoming powerful assassins and frequently order them on hit missions or to patrol and defend areas with criminals, etc. As the manga reveals, elements of the organization are working for knives and doing quite illegal stuff. So in a sense its an aversion.
*** As for WOlfwood's beliefs, they actually did fit in with some Puritannical/Calvinist denominations and many real life Christian military orders-not just Catholic ones such Knights Templars- adopted a mentality similar to Wolfwood's monologue about becoming evil to protect the weak and innocent.

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*** Should be pointed out that in the manga manga, Wolfwood was never officially ordained in what is deemed proper in Catholicism. In fact fact, the religious organization forced him into the ranks of clergy and the organization itself acts so far off that no denomination irl (well (well, at least visibly mainstream) would fit the specific Church he's serving at all. They train initiated men to becoming powerful assassins and frequently order them on hit missions or to patrol and defend areas with criminals, etc. As the manga reveals, elements of the organization are working for knives and doing quite illegal stuff. So So, in a sense its sense, it's an aversion.
*** As for WOlfwood's Wolfwood's beliefs, they actually did fit in with some Puritannical/Calvinist denominations and many real life Christian military orders-not orders -- not just Catholic ones such as the Knights Templars- Templar -- adopted a mentality similar to Wolfwood's monologue about becoming evil to protect the weak and innocent.

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