[quote="Disinherited, post:10, topic:234271"]
I'm so glad Nightcrawler is a devout Catholic:D. Even though I doubt writers would write about it, I REALLY wish that Nightcrawler is what you call a Marian Catholic like Saint Louis de Montfort and Saint Alphonsus. It'd be the most awesome thing ever.
Also, Daredevil is Catholic, an so is helloboy. In fact, he's the only traditionalist Catholic superhero I know. I heared that the Church accepted him for what he is publicly (in the comics not in real life you idiot!) and I'm glad that there are non-catholics and not so devout ones who do show our church in a positive light.
Most writers simply don't possess a working knowledge of Catholicism and in their hands Kurt becomes a sort of generic Christian. Although the better writers even when they did that showed his faith with respect. Claremont who introduced the whole idea knew enough to have him praying in Latin on panel at several points, although he didn't always develop his faith as distinctively as he migth. But in fairness the whole idea of an openly religious hero itself was fairly radical and new in mainstream superhero comics in the late 70's and early 80's. Witness this conversation between Wolverine and Nightcrawler whom Claremont established as best friends despite their very different outlooks at times:-
Logan: "What's doin', bub?"
Kurt: "What does it look like?"
Logan: "Incongruous. I guess I never figured you for the religious type."
Kurt: "Why, don't I look the part? I admit I'm rarely seen in a church - but I draw comfort from my beliefs and from prayer. Such comfort is dearly needed now - by us all. You should try it, Logan. Who knows, you might like it."
Logan: "I did, in the army. A mistake. I believe in nothin' - never have, never will. What matters is what I can see, hear, smell, taste, thouch - tangible things, physical things. Reality. The rest is imagination."
Nightcrawler: "And you have no use for that?"
Nightcrawler: "I am sorry, my friend. I never realized how utterly, inescapably alone you must be - with nothing to hold onto but yourself. More alone than I - despite my outre appearance - could ever be."
Wolverine: "I ain't alone, bub - I got you. C'mon, lessee if they got any brew on this bucket."
The sequence actually starts with Kurt praying in Latin and Logan overhearing them. Claremont made marvellous use at times of these two characters as foils for each other. With Kurt highlighting that Logan's cynicism wasn't quite as real as the latter believed it to be and that he too might be regarded as a man of faith in his own way. In return Logan's nature some times served to teach Kurt a lesson in confidence or self-discipline. But this was a different era where Kurt could argue with Logan on panel about the latter's use of lethal force and try and show him how morally it was not always acceptable.
Other Catholic heroes. I can think of lots of nominal ones but the only one who is openly devout I can call to mind is Firebird who is a Mexican Catholic hero in Marvel comics. She's rarely seen though and only Steve Englehart who created her and one or two other writers made good use of her faith.