Some current Catholic celebrities that haven’t been mentioned:
Steve Carrell (On playing Noah: “I’m Catholic, born and bred. It’s interesting because that really didn’t come into play when doing the movie. I didn’t decide to do it because I’m Catholic, I just thought it had a nice message.”)
Talk show host Piers Morgan (whose Catholicism often comes out when interviewing atheists, like Ricky Gervais: “I do believe, because I grew up a Catholic and I remain so. But, you know, I think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, whatever they may be. The problem for atheists, it must be so doom and gloom. When you get to, like, 70, 80, to think, well, hang on, that’s it. That’s the end of everything.” Or Penn Jillette: “I believe in this superior being, a God. And therefore, the questions which always baffle atheist, the hard reality of life, I believe there is something greater out there, there’s a greater entity, which is a spiritual being that allows comprehension on a scale we could never understand.”)
Ben Stiller, interestingly, considers himself both Jewish (his Jewish dad is Jerry Stiller, who played George Costanza’s dad on “Seinfeld”) and Catholic (his Irish Catholic mom is Anne Meara, also a comedian, who later converted to Judaism.) He says he was raised as both, but his children are baptized and being raised as Catholics, as he is married to a Catholic woman, the actress Christina Taylor.
Robert Downey is another celebrity who seems a little unsure about what faith he follows, as like Stiller he was raised in a mixed-marriage family (Catholic and Jewish) and often identifies with Buddhism, yet said, “I’m not above [religion]. But like Jung said about people using religion to avoid a religious experience, I have managed handily to avoid a religious experience. I don’t know where I fall. Spiritual Green Party? There were times when I was into the whole Hare Krishna thing, which is pretty far out. Now I would call myself a Jew-Bu, a Jewish-Buddhist. But there were many times [in prison] when Catholicism saved my butt.”
Yet another child of a Catholic/Jewish marriage is Lea Michelle, who still identifies with her Jewish roots but who seems to have settled on Catholicism as her faith, and her Jewish father attends Mass with her: “I was raised Catholic, but my father gladly attends church with us.”
Vanessa Hudgens is Catholic.She is often photographed by paparazzi when leaving or going to Mass, and identifies as a Catholic to the media: “I’m a jewellery addict. I love it and could load it on all day. I’m Catholic, so that’s why I have two crosses on.”
Soccer star Didier Drogba seems to be Catholic, as he often makes the sign of the cross after scoring a goal, comes from the traditionally Catholic country of the Ivory Coast, and has worn Christian-themed clothing.
Celine Dion is Catholic, and credits the Church with saving her life, as a priest talked her mother out of aborting her: “[A priest] told [my mother] that she had no right to go against nature. So I have to admit that in a way, I owe my life to that priest.”
Taylor Swift is Catholic.
Kobe Bryant is too, but I’m not trumpeting that fact.
LeBron James is Catholic and attended St. Vincent-St. Mary Catholic High School.
The British actor Robert Pattinson is Catholic. Asked if, as a Method Actor, he had abstained from sex to prepare for his role in “Twilight”, he said that he had but as a Catholic, would be abstaining anyway.
Aaron Neville is hardcore Catholic, ends each album with a hymn, and credits Mary and the Saints with his redemption from drug addiction. He does a beautiful version of “Ave Maria,” if you haven’t heard it.
Johnny Ramone was Catholic.
As previously mentioned, Stephen Colbert is Catholic and teaches Sunday School. He doesn’t care for atheists (“Atheism, a religion dedicated to its own sense of smug superiority.”) and has his own humorous take on ecumenism: (“Though I am a committed Christian , I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jew or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.” “Protestants don’t make me angry as much as disappointed. Unlike the world’s crazy made-up religions, they’re so close to getting it right. They’re a single Pope away from reaching their full potential.”)
Selena Gomez is Catholic: “My family does have Quincenaras, and we go to the communion church. We do everything that’s Catholic, but we don’t really have anything traditional except go to the park and have barbeques on Sundays after church.” She has spoken of wearing a promise ring: “I said, ‘Dad, I want a promise ring.’ He went to the church and got it blessed. He actually used me as an example for other kids. I’m going to keep my promise to myself, to my family and to God.”
The country singer Colin Raye, who has a great CD of Catholic music sold through this very website…
Lots of other practicing Catholics, past and present, in show business as well - Alec Guinness (a convert), Patrick McGoohan, the Baldwins, Anne Bancroft, the Barrymores, Ernest Borgnine, Jimmy Cagney, Sam Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby, Joan Crawford, Mitzi Gaynor, John Ford, Fellini, Clark Gable, Gene Kelly, Helen Hayes, Bob Hope, Casey Kasem, Nicole KIdman, Vivian Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Bill Murray, Bob Newhart (VERY Catholic), Al Pacino, Gregory Peck, Ricardo Montalban, Martin Sheen, Spencer Tracy, and …John Wayne!
That’s not including the many current celebrities who were raised Catholic but now consider themselves into Kabbalah, atheism, Scientology, being “spiritual but not religious,” “a student of all religions,” etc., etc. In Canon Law, they’ll always be Catholic, though. Let’s hope they return someday, and soon.
Is that enough for you, Costner?:rolleyes: