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* Creator/BillMaher, although he's long since gotten over it to say the least.

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* Creator/BillMaher, although he's long since gotten over it to say the least.least, describing himself as an [[NayTheist apatheist]], neither knowing nor caring if a God exists.


* All the reporters in ''{{Film/Spotlight}}''. Sacha Pfeiffer still goes to Mass with her grandmother. After she starts research on the sex abuse scandal and starts interviewing survivors, she looks noticeably uncomfortable sitting in the pews. Most of the actors were this -- Michael Keaton, Tom [=McCarthy=], and Creator/RachelMcAdams (who played the aforementioned Sacha) were all raised Catholic.

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* All the reporters in ''{{Film/Spotlight}}''. Sacha Pfeiffer still goes to Mass with her grandmother. After she starts research on the sex abuse scandal and starts interviewing survivors, she looks noticeably uncomfortable sitting in the pews. Most of the actors were this -- Michael Keaton, Tom [=McCarthy=], and Creator/RachelMcAdams (who played the aforementioned Sacha) were all raised Catholic. A religious investigator into the abuse justifies his actions by saying his faith is in what the [[GodBeforeDogma Church represents]] - not in any particular official.


* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/03/how_i_am_a_roman_catholic.html considered himself]] to be a Catholic and was even friends with a priest (and former Sun-Times writer) named Fr. O'Leary, even though he didn't believe in God. His colleague Richard Roeper is Catholic, but according to his own words, "not always first in line for Sunday Mass."

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* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/03/how_i_am_a_roman_catholic.html considered himself]] to be a Catholic and was even friends with a priest (and former Sun-Times writer) named Fr. O'Leary, even though he didn't believe in God.considered himself to be an agnostic. His colleague Richard Roeper is Catholic, but according to his own words, "not always first in line for Sunday Mass."


* Brazil, like Ireland, is a predominantly Catholic country. Brazilian Catholics are Non-Practicing-Majority Catholics. The same can be, and is--probably with varying degrees of accuracy--said about most majority-Catholic countries.
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* Brazil, like Ireland, is a predominantly Catholic country. Brazilian Catholics are Non-Practicing-Majority non-practicing majority Catholics. The same can be, and is--probably with varying degrees of accuracy--said about most majority-Catholic countries.
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%%* New England Patriots star Tom Brady. (add context)

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%%* New England Patriots star * NFL quarterback Tom Brady. (add context)Brady is a baptized Catholic given that his parents have Irish ancestry.


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* Creator/HedyLamarr's daughter was raised Catholic by her mother who was an Austrian Jew of Ukrainian and Hungarian descent but did convert to Christianity at the insistence of her husband.


For whatever reason -- perhaps because ChristianityIsCatholic -- there seems to be no common Protestant equivalent to this trope, even though people paying lip-service to their family or culture's religion is as old as religion itself. One possible explanation for this is that Catholicism, much more than Protestantism, is considered by some to be a part of one's ethnic and cultural identity in addition to being a religion, especially for those whose national heritage is tied to the Church (such as people of Irish, Italian, Polish, or Hispanic descent); InformedJudaism pretty much works this way, as well. Another possibility is that compared to Protestantism, the Catholic Church places a somewhat stronger emphasis on iconography and ritual; this can then become a rich source of material for former Catholic authors who may [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail no longer remember the subtler doctrinal aspects of Catholicism, or who also may require an easy cue for their non-Catholic audiences to recognize]]. The third probable answer is the fact that it used to be rather difficult to formally abandon membership in the Catholic Church, and since 2010 it's impossible, which means that the Church still considers practically all lapsed Catholics as members of its flock whether they like it or not. (That baptism leaves quite the indelible mark on the soul...)

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For whatever reason -- perhaps because ChristianityIsCatholic -- there seems to be no common Protestant equivalent to this trope, even though people paying lip-service to their family or culture's religion is as old as religion itself. One possible explanation for this is that Catholicism, much more than Protestantism, is considered by some to be a part of one's ethnic and cultural identity in addition to being a religion, especially for those whose national heritage is tied to the Church (such as people of Irish, Italian, Polish, Hispanic, or Hispanic Filipino descent); InformedJudaism pretty much works this way, as well. Another possibility is that compared to Protestantism, the Catholic Church places a somewhat stronger emphasis on iconography and ritual; this can then become a rich source of material for former Catholic authors who may [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail no longer remember the subtler doctrinal aspects of Catholicism, or who also may require an easy cue for their non-Catholic audiences to recognize]]. The third probable answer is the fact that it used to be rather difficult to formally abandon membership in the Catholic Church, and since 2010 it's impossible, which means that the Church still considers practically all lapsed Catholics as members of its flock whether they like it or not. (That baptism leaves quite the indelible mark on the soul...)


* Creator/ConanO’Brien, the American late night host, has made numerous jokes over the years about how being raised in a large Irish Catholic family led to his (as he tells it) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCoHB_ybbzU intense sexual repression]].

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* Creator/ConanO’Brien, Creator/ConanOBrien, the American late night host, has made numerous jokes over the years about how being raised in a large Irish Catholic family led to his (as he tells it) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCoHB_ybbzU intense sexual repression]].

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* Creator/ConanO’Brien, the American late night host, has made numerous jokes over the years about how being raised in a large Irish Catholic family led to his (as he tells it) [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCoHB_ybbzU intense sexual repression]].


* The villainous [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Doctor]] from ''Film/{{Amen}}'' describes himself as "a bit Catholic". It's unclear if he's just being sarcastic, though.

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* The villainous [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Doctor]] from ''Film/{{Amen}}'' describes himself as "a bit Catholic". Catholic." It's unclear if he's just being sarcastic, though.



* There's one joke about a woman going to confession, and the hard-of-hearing priest being greatly relieved when she makes it clear that she became a "prostitute" rather than a "Protestant".

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* There's one joke about a woman going to confession, and the hard-of-hearing priest being greatly relieved when she makes it clear that she became a "prostitute" rather than a "Protestant"."Protestant."



* Played for comedy with Mac in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', who only remembers his Catholic faith when he wants to complain or to criticize other people. In one episode Charlie and Mac are both okay with pre-marital sex and abortion but refuse to use birth control because "we went to Catholic school".

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* Played for comedy with Mac in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', who only remembers his Catholic faith when he wants to complain or to criticize other people. In one episode Charlie and Mac are both okay with pre-marital sex and abortion but refuse to use birth control because "we went to Catholic school".school."



* Gil Grissom on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was raised Catholic. When greeting a priest at a crime scene, the priest knew he was Catholic when Grissom said, "Hello, Father," since the priest noted others would call him "Pastor" or "Reverend".

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* Gil Grissom on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' was raised Catholic. When greeting a priest at a crime scene, the priest knew he was Catholic when Grissom said, "Hello, Father," since the priest noted others would call him "Pastor" or "Reverend"."Reverend."



* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/03/how_i_am_a_roman_catholic.html considered himself]] to be a Catholic and was even friends with a priest (and former Sun-Times writer) named Fr. O'Leary, even though he didn't believe in God. His colleague Richard Roeper is Catholic, but according to his own words, "not always first in line for Sunday Mass".

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* Creator/RogerEbert [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/03/how_i_am_a_roman_catholic.html considered himself]] to be a Catholic and was even friends with a priest (and former Sun-Times writer) named Fr. O'Leary, even though he didn't believe in God. His colleague Richard Roeper is Catholic, but according to his own words, "not always first in line for Sunday Mass".Mass."



* Patrick Stump, lead singer of [[Music/FallOutBoy Fall Out Boy]]. He describes himself as [[https://twitter.com/patrickstump/status/430689374754197504?lang=en "somewhere between a post-Catholic and a Taoist"]]. Although his mother left the religion, he says "it still has an influence".

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* Patrick Stump, lead singer of [[Music/FallOutBoy Fall Out Boy]]. He describes himself as [[https://twitter.com/patrickstump/status/430689374754197504?lang=en "somewhere between a post-Catholic and a Taoist"]]. Although his mother left the religion, he says "it still has an influence".influence."



* Neil Tennant of Music/PetShopBoys, as explored and {{deconstructed|Trope}} in his song "It's a Sin". The song even includes a spoken-word excerpt from the Confiteor.

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* Neil Tennant of Music/PetShopBoys, as explored and {{deconstructed|Trope}} in his song "It's a Sin". Sin." The song even includes a spoken-word excerpt from the Confiteor.


* There's a joke where a man goes to his first confession in several years, and after rattling off a list of sins, stopping short of murder, the priest asks if he ever knowingly ate meat on a Friday. "I may have sinned," says the man, "but I didn't become a Protestant".

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* There's a joke where a man goes to his first confession in several years, and after rattling off a list of sins, stopping short of murder, the priest asks if he ever knowingly ate meat on a Friday. "I may have sinned," says the man, "but I didn't become a Protestant".Protestant."


* ''Literature/{{Confessions}}'': Young Augustine was never baptized and never devoutly practiced Catholicism, but his mother imparted on him a sincere affection and love for UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} that makes it difficult to fully give himself to Greek philosophies where Jesus has no place.

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* ''Literature/{{Confessions}}'': Young Augustine The ''Literature/{{Confessions}}'' of Saint [[Creator/AugustineOfHippo Augustine]]. He was never baptized enrolled as a catechumen, and never devoutly practiced Catholicism, but at one point was stricken with a stomach illness, so he asked for baptism. When he recovered, the baptism was deferred (at the time, one of the first steps of baptism was that the catechumen must come of age to make a profession of faith). He then spent much of his youth giving himself up to sin, indulging in lust and the company of delinquents. This gets eventually subverted when, after years of philosophical inquiry and struggling with lust, he has a conversion of the heart and realises that the Christian faith is true; he eventually went to Cassisiacum with his mother imparted on him a sincere affection and love for UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} that makes it difficult his friends to fully give himself to Greek philosophies where Jesus has no place.be baptised.



* ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'', Dracula is revealed to be actually a [[ReligiousVampire Traditionalist Catholic]] as religious artifacts don't have effect on him, but he admits not being practicing anymore at the time he tells his side of the story. Still, he takes great offense at having seeing communion wafers weaponized by Van Helsing and delightfully deconstructs how he got them wrong.

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* ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'', Dracula is revealed to be actually a [[ReligiousVampire Traditionalist Catholic]] as religious artifacts don't have an effect on him, but he admits not being practicing anymore at the time he tells his side of the story. Still, he takes great offense at having seeing communion wafers weaponized by Van Helsing and delightfully deconstructs how he got them wrong.

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* Music/EdwardElgar was an English composer who was also brought up a Catholic. He was sympathetic to English Catholics suffering prejudice in Protestant Britain and he composed a couple of religious choral works, like ''The Dream of Gerontius'', ''The Kingdom'', ''The Apostles'', and ''The Light of Life''. However, he was not particularly devout and was ambivalent towards the Catholic faith, especially towards the end of his life. He only continued going to Mass because his wife Alice, who was a devout Catholic convert from Anglicanism, encouraged him to or because he admired a particular priest in a parish. He also denied that there is an afterlife.
* Romantic composer Music/HectorBerlioz was also raised Catholic and gained his love of music from the Church. After seven years, his religious fervour eventually died down and he became an agnostic for the rest of his life. However, he was not hostile to the Church and fondly recalled his childhood years. The influence of religious music remained with him throughout his life and he went on to compose a Requiem, a Te Deum, and ''L'enfance du Christ'', an oratorio on the childhood of Jesus.


* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]], Nick Amaro, and Sonny Carisi fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis and Carisi probably being the strongest adherents), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." Rafael Barba also fits the trope, but his current level of devotion is unclear. And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother[[note]]TruthInTelevision for the time that Briscoe would have been born -- in order for a Catholic person to marry a non-Catholic, the Church would generally require the couple to agree to raise the children Catholic[[/note]].

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* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]], Nick Amaro, and Sonny Carisi fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis and Carisi probably being the strongest adherents), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." Rafael Barba also fits the trope, but his current level of devotion is unclear. And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother[[note]]TruthInTelevision for the time that Briscoe would have been born -- in order for a Catholic person to marry a non-Catholic, the Church at the time would generally require the couple to agree to raise the children Catholic[[/note]].


* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]], Nick Amaro, and Sonny Carisi fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis and Carisi probably being the strongest adherents), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother.

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* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]], Nick Amaro, and Sonny Carisi fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis and Carisi probably being the strongest adherents), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." Rafael Barba also fits the trope, but his current level of devotion is unclear. And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother.mother[[note]]TruthInTelevision for the time that Briscoe would have been born -- in order for a Catholic person to marry a non-Catholic, the Church would generally require the couple to agree to raise the children Catholic[[/note]].


* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]] and Stabler's replacement Nick Amaro fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis probably being the strongest adherent), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother.

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* Dick Wolf loved this and pretty much hit every area of the spectrum. [[Series/LawAndOrder Ben Stone]], Rey Curtis, [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Elliot Stabler]] and Stabler's replacement Stabler]], Nick Amaro Amaro, and Sonny Carisi fall on the "devout" side (with Curtis and Carisi probably being the strongest adherent), adherents), while Jack [=McCoy=] and [[Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent Bobby Goren]] fall on the "lapsed" end. Mike Logan would be the most extreme "lapsed" case - he was a victim of a pedophile priest and an abusive "devout" mother, which left him so bitter that "The next time I enter a church, it'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." And then there's Lennie Briscoe, who is Jewish on his father's side but was raised Catholic by his mother.


* Creator/AndyWarhol is a particularly bizarre case, somewhere between a subversion and an outright inversion. Warhol was absolutely ''not'' your typical image of a "proper" Catholic (it's ''[[TheGadfly Andy]] [[MadArtist Warhol]]''), but not only was he raised Catholic (in the oft-neglected Byzantine Rite Ruthenian Catholic Church), he was devout. So devout, he made an entire collection of paintings on religious subjects that he never released, as he considered them works of personal devotion. So devout, he attended Mass every week at a Latin Rite church and even converted a few people to Catholicism. So devout, he agonized about crossing himself the "wrong" way (Eastern Catholics cross themselves up-down-right-left like the Orthodox instead of up-down-left-right like Latin Rite Catholics) in the Latin Rite church he attended. So devout, he probably remained a virgin his whole life. So devout, one of his proudest achievements in life was paying for his nephew's studies to become a priest. So devout, in fact, that despite his great and demonstrable devotion he took communion hardly ever if at all, because he apparently didn't believe himself worthy. And yet, he was Andy Warhol, iconoclastic artist and owner-operator of the Factory--the biggest den of sin in New York City in its day. He is often cited as a great example of a gay Catholic by both secular LGBT rights groups and practicing Catholics.

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* Creator/AndyWarhol is a particularly bizarre case, somewhere between a subversion and an outright inversion. Warhol was absolutely ''not'' your typical image of a "proper" Catholic (it's ''[[TheGadfly Andy]] [[MadArtist Warhol]]''), but not only was he raised Catholic (in the oft-neglected Byzantine Rite Ruthenian Catholic Church), he was devout. So devout, he made an entire collection of paintings on religious subjects that he never released, as he considered them works of personal devotion. So devout, he attended Mass every week at a Latin Rite church[[note]]As, to a first approximation, there are no Byzantine Rite Catholic churches in Manhattan; the Eastern Catholic parishes in the NYC area are either in the outer boroughs or in New Jersey. There are plenty of Byzantine Rite ''[[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodox]]'' churches in Manhattan--but because Warhol was a Catholic, he wouldn't dream of attending a church not in full communion with Rome.[[/note]] and even converted a few people to Catholicism. So devout, he agonized about crossing himself the "wrong" way (Eastern Catholics cross themselves up-down-right-left like the Orthodox instead of up-down-left-right like Latin Rite Catholics) in the Latin Rite church he attended. So devout, he probably remained a virgin his whole life. So devout, one of his proudest achievements in life was paying for his nephew's studies to become a priest. So devout, in fact, that despite his great and demonstrable devotion he took communion hardly ever if at all, because he apparently didn't believe himself worthy. And yet, he was Andy Warhol, iconoclastic artist and owner-operator of the Factory--the biggest den of sin in New York City in its day. He is often cited as a great example of a gay Catholic by both secular LGBT rights groups and practicing Catholics.

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