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\"This can be attributed to series co-creator Trey Parker being Raised Catholic.\"
Umm, Trey Parker was not Raised Catholic. In this interview he clearly states that he was not raised particularly religiously.
"Bruce Wayne is a convert to Catholicism." I know this wiki doesn't demand sources, but where on earth does this come from? I've found some online discussions about Batman's religious background, but they didn't have a concrete answer. Certainly nothing about any story where he converts to Catholicism, anyway. Is there even any proof that he's a believer at all?
O, and that's religious background, not actual beliefs. Seems to be generally accepted that, whatever faith he was brought up in, he doesn't follow it anymore. Definitely not religious enough to convert to a new one, anyway.
Has anyone noticed that this seems unusually common in Hollywood History of the Middle Ages(which is a misnomer anyway; the Middle Ages only existed in parts of Western Europe)? How many people know that there were almost certainly more Orthodox and more Nestorians then there were Latins during the time, because Latins lived in a balkanized society not an organized empire?
Can we add in a troper tales tab? You won't believe the amount of people in real life who actually believe this to be true...some of them actual Catholics themselves!
Then again there are many Protestants who don't believe Catholicism is Christian.
Can they honestly forget that they split from that Church?
There are may Protestants today who know nothing about Catholicism. They are probably the same people who don't believe Catholicism is Christian.
That's kind of whacky, considering the Nicene Creed, one of the most widely-used things in Christianity (that is to say, including Protestantism), includes "We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church."
In that sentence Catholic just means "universal". That's like saying Democrats are the only ones who believe in Democracy and Republicans are the only ones who believe in Republics.
Said Protestants make their claim based on the premise that Christianity is defined by Biblical orthodoxy; since the Catholic church holds tradition and the Bible on equal footing (and has various elements that some trace to -paganism-) it is not a purely Christian church by this definition/perception. This was, after all, the reason behind the Reformation - and the Reformers of the past had much less tolerance for Catholicism of their day than modern Protestants do.
This troper suspects that this trope is as widespread and infamous as it is because Hollywood writers may simply tend not to come from the Protestant tradition, or if they do, not to be religious people; they may understand the basics, they may get the atmosphere and the language just right, but the details of theology are usually treated with raw apathy.
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