I’m what you call a deathbed Catholic.
I grew up in a very old-fashioned Roman Catholic, Italian-Irish family in Philly.
People die for it, people kill for it. The whole of existence is in jeopardy right now, because of the Catholic belief structure, regarding this plenary indulgence bullshit. Bartlteby and Loki, whether they know it or not, are exploiting that belief. And if they’re successful, you and me, all of this, ends in a heartbeat. All over a belief.
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
The Catholics have it right. I love what they do. That whole “the pope’s infallible” thing is tremendous. Let’s face facts: If you took somebody with no religious leanings whatsoever and locked that person in a psych ward with nobody around and no stimuli, the Catholic church is exactly what he’d come up with. “Listen to this. There’s this old guy in a dress, see? He wears all these great costumes and wherever he says about anything from birth control to what to watch on television, that’s it, ’cause pope knows best. He can’t lift his head up, but, fuck, he’s a genius.
I would love to have the faith to believe that the world was created in seven days… but I have thoughts… and that can really fuck up the faith thing, just ask any Catholic priest.
I’m one of those cliff-hanging Catholics. I don’t believe in God, but I do believe that Mary was his mother.
Well, I think that Catholicism’s basic foundation of faith is personal conscience. I think it’s between you and God, not you and the Church.
It doesn’t really matter how much of the rules or the dogma we accepted and lived by if we’re not really living by the fundamental creed of the Catholic Church, which is service to others and finding God in ourselves and then seeing God in everyone – including our enemies.
I went to a Catholic secondary modern school in York, and we just didn’t do drama. So I got a job as an engineer, working in precision instruments. I had no thoughts of going to drama school at all, until I got involved in amateur dramatics, which was something to do after work.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.
John F. Kennedy
My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
My father wasn’t really involved and my mom is the light in my life.
My mom’s a Catholic, and my dad’s a Jew, and they didn’t want anything to do with anything.
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.
John H. Johnson
The expression of these kindly feelings were not restricted to a section of the country, nor to a division of the people. They came from individual citizens of all nationalities; from all denominations – the Protestant, the Catholic, and the Jew; and from the various societies of the land – scientific, educational, religious or otherwise. Politics did not enter into the matter at all.
Nothing is easier than to falsify the past. Lifeless instruction will do it. If you rob it of vitality, stiffen it with pedantry, sophisticate it with argument, chill it with unsympathetic comment, you render it as dead as any academic exercise. The safest way in all ordinary seasons is to let it speak for itself: resort to its records, listen to its poets and to its masters in the humbler art of prose. Your real and proper object, after all, is not to expound, but to realize it, consort with it, and make your spirit kin with it, so that you may never shake the sense of obligation off. In short, I believe that the catholic study of the world’s literature as a record of spirit is the right preparation for leadership in the world’s affairs, if you undertake it like a man and not like a pedant.
I grew up a Catholic and went regularly to church. When I made the decision to make acting my vocation, I used to joke that the theatre is my church now. But, especially doing live theatre, where you have to do eight performances in six days, you really have to kind of live like a monk. Then you go to this big, dark place and experience emotions, and it’s very spiritual.
John C. Reilly
While we destroyed the Centre Party, we have not only brought thousands of priests back into the Church, but to millions of respectable people we have restored their faith in their religion and in their priests. The union of the Evangelical Church in a single Church for the whole Reich, the Concordat with the Catholic Church, these are but milestones on the road, which leads to the establishment of a useful relation and a useful co operation between the Reich and the two Confessions.
New Year Message, 1 January 1934
We are a people of different faiths, but we are one. Which faith conquers the other is not the question; rather, the question is whether Christianity stands or falls… We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity … in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.
Speech in Passau, 27 October 1928, Bundesarchiv Berlin-Zehlendorf, [cited from Richard Steigmann-Gall's The Holy Reich]
The National Socialist State professes its allegiance to positive Christianity. It will be its honest endeavor to protect both the great Christian Confessions in their rights, to secure them from interference with their doctrines (Lehren), and in their duties to constitute a harmony with the views and the exigencies of the State of to-day.
Speech, 26 June 1934, to Catholic bishops to assure them that he would take action against the new pagan propaganda