Surprised so-n-so was Catholic

Have you come across any celebrities, politicians, musicians, who where Catholic, and it surprised you?

I don’t mean merely as a bad example (such as the alcoholic, drug abusing, sexual promiscuous musician).

And I don’t mean people who were raised Catholic but left the faith purposely.

For example, I just read in the Our Sunday Visitor that Stephen Colbert is Catholic. Not sure why that surprises me. It just does.

Another example, (although not Roman Catholic): Tom Hanks is Greek Orthodox.

I saw the movie “Bella” before I knew the main actor’s history, and it didn’t surprise me that he was Catholic.

I always respected Tony Snow, both when he was on Fox News and in the White House. Found out he was Catholic after reading his obituary.

Stephen Colbert is not only Catholic (and a Sunday school teacher), but he sticks up for the Faith on his show, often surprisingly well. He's quite sharp. :)

I guess the celeb who surprised me the most is Michael Moore. He is a former seminarian and still attends Mass regularly.

Michael Moore? Wow. That beats Colbert.

I’ve never watched Colbert’s show. Just the clips I see on youtube, etc.

I voted early, by mail. Having the ballot at home, I was able to check each candidate online as to their Faith: There is a website. Almost every race in NW Ohio, has a Catholic running for office. Further, every political party in Ohio has a Catholic on their slate of candidates. These are the parties represented: Constitution, Democrat, Green, Libertarian and Republican ... Also one with no party listed! (There is a Socialist candidate, besides). I don't mind mentioning that there are other political parties that are pro-life. Very hard for a Democrat to be pro-life, at least it has been though there are some, surely.

Okay! I have someone specifically! Marty Stuart, a band leader on RFDTV. During his show, a picture of our Lord, a Catholic depiction, came up for a short minute. My Dad loves his show, as he does the Saturday night lineup. I have not verified this, but, it is a good guess, I believe, unless someone can advise me differently!

I had just mentioned to my sister that one may find surprises like this, and then I found your post.

PS. Fellow parishioners, who run a restaurant in town, the husband is from Tenessee. He attends Mass every Sunday with her, but has not converted. He says that he has been through some things in life that would shock people, but the one item was an aunt who played favorites with her nephews. He and his wife travel from another parish to come to ours.

I just found out a couple weeks ago that Liam Neeson is Catholic... that surprised me a bit.

Why would anyone be suprised that Liam Neeson is a Catholic?

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I guess the celeb who surprised me the most is Michael Moore. He is a former seminarian and still attends Mass regularly.

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How do you know that Michael Moore attends Mass on a regularly basis?

Liam Neeson spent six years as an altar boy, which had a powerful effect on him. He kind of strayed from the faith during his early adulthood, but while doing research (both readings and talking with priests) for his role in the 1986 film The Mission, he came back to it.
beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Movies/2003/10/Acting-Is-A-Form-Of-Prayer.aspx

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How do you know that Michael Moore attends Mass on a regularly basis?

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Well, that is what he said. I read it in news article two or three years ago.

To be honest I'm bemused why anyone would think Liam wasn't Catholic. I understand all Americans wouldn't be able to do the following but if you told me he was from the north of Ireland and his first name was Liam I'd bet good money he was Catholic as those from the 'other side' up there rarely if ever use Irish first names.

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To be honest I'm bemused why anyone would think Liam wasn't Catholic. I understand all Americans wouldn't be able to do the following but if you told me he was from the north of Ireland and his first name was Liam I'd bet good money he was Catholic as those from the 'other side' up there rarely if ever use Irish first names.

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You assume that everyone knows he's from north Ireland... And even then there's a difference between "living in a Catholic area" and "being a practicing Catholic" you know?

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You assume that everyone knows he's from north Ireland... And even then there's a difference between "living in a Catholic area" and "being a practicing Catholic" you know?

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Indeed - but I did say in my example if someone was told he was from the north of Ireland. And of course just living in an area which is mostly Catholic doesn't mean you are going to be devout. But the point of the thread was that people were suprised someone was Catholic, it didn't state that they had to be particularly devout at all.

I understand most Americans are not familar with Ireland in any great detail or the demographic make up of various areas within the country. As a general rule of thumb in the north names like Liam, Sorcha, Gearoid etc. and other names which are Gaeilic will tend to be a fairly big hint that the family is either nationalist or Catholic or probably it's a safe bet they are both. It's not infallible as there are exceptions to it but it is generally the case. i presume most people would realise Liam Neeson was Irish though in any case.

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Indeed - but I did say in my example if someone was told he was from the north of Ireland. And of course just living in an area which is mostly Catholic doesn't mean you are going to be devout. But the point of the thread was that people were suprised someone was Catholic, it didn't state that they had to be particularly devout at all.

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Well when I think of a Catholic, I think of someone who practices the faith, not someone who is nominally a Catholic because they were baptized as a baby. A Catholic is as a Catholic does, I guess you could say.

[quote="vashsunglasses, post:12, topic:217457"]
Well when I think of a Catholic, I think of someone who practices the faith, not someone who is nominally a Catholic because they were baptized as a baby. A Catholic is as a Catholic does, I guess you could say.

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Liam does practise his faith. But we are Catholics regardless of whether we practise our faith or not and there is no such thing as been nominally Catholic in that sense. That aside, I was more interested in why you were suprised he was Catholic.

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Liam does practise his faith. But we are Catholics regardless of whether we practise our faith or not and there is no such thing as been nominally Catholic in that sense. That aside, I was more interested in why you were suprised he was Catholic.

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Why wouldn't I be surprised? Not only is he a practicing Christian working in a vastly secularized industry, he's a Catholic in a part of the world (the English speaking part) that is heavily Protestant.

It's actually a bit of a game for me, spotting the famous Catholics. It's like going bird watching for rare and exotic birds and can be very exciting when, after long days of watching, I finally see a flash of feathers!

Also, I'm surprised because he played an adulterous Catholic Priest in Breakfast on Pluto. And considering the subject matter of Breakfast on Pluto (it's the story of a young transvestite in a world that doesn't understand his innocent minded ways...), it's just not the kind of film that screams "I'm a practicing Catholic!"

Breakfast on Pluto was made by Neil Jordan with whom Liam has a long working relationship, he's been in a fair few of his movies on and off over the years. I personally find Neil Jordan an interesting filmmaker although I'd totally disagree with his views on religion. Neil has a fair ammount of respect among Irish actors. Stephen Rea is another well known Irish actor that is always popping up in his movies. I personally think Rea is actually a far better actor than Neeson but he's not so well known.

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Breakfast on Pluto was made by Neil Jordan with whom Liam has a long working relationship, he's been in a fair few of his movies on and off over the years. I personally find Neil Jordan an interesting filmmaker although I'd totally disagree with his views on religion. Neil has a fair ammount of respect among Irish actors. Stephen Rea is another well known Irish actor that is always popping up in his movies. I personally think Rea is actually a far better actor than Neeson but he's not so well known.

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Interesting. I didn't mean to imply that I disliked Breakfast on Pluto, I'm actually very fond of it and I enjoy Neil Jordan films. I didn't even judge Liam negatively for his role in the film, it just never really struck me as a particularly Catholic role choice. There are some people who practically scream "Catholic" without having to say a word. Liam has never really come across as that to me. He didn't set off my Catholic-DAR at all.

Liam's weakest movie for me was actually one for which he is fairly well known and that's Neil Jordan's verson of Michael Collins life. Although Liam does a great job in the main role I felt the move was simplistic in it's handling of the events of the time. Although at the time I lapped it up it hasn't aged well.

Alfred Hitchcock the film director is one person I find some people are surprised to learn was a Catholic.

I was surprised to find that Kobe Bryant is Catholic and attends Mass.

He lives a life of ugly, vehement sin. You know, playing for the Lakers and all :D

Just because hes “Catholic” Doesn’t mean he always has the Catholic Teaching in the front of his mind.

This surprised me when I know he is Pro Choice.

Speaking of pro athletes, I recall being surprised to find out that Brett Favre and his wife were Catholic (though I've also heard that Deanna Favre may have left the Church or at least is downplaying her Catholicism on her recent book tour). I'm not sure how much of this was because Favre hails from the South and has a "good ol' boy" vibe, and how much of it just because Favre just strikes me as very immature for his age and I think of Catholicism as more of a "mature" faith. I thought he was immature even before he got into trouble for "sexting", and all. I know many pro athletes profess religious beliefs yet get mired in sin, so please don't think I'm singling Favre out here.

I know Philip Rivers is Catholic (has been on Life on the Rock on EWTN). And in baseball, I know Mike Sweeney is Catholic (saw him on Life on the Rock too). Tom Glavine is Catholic as well. Those didn't surprise me.

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