Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination -- everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
Author: John Adams (1735-1826)
Profession: Second President of the USA
Our religion is itself profoundly sad -- a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language -- so long as he knows anguish and is a painter.
Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Profession: French Poet
Good strong thick stupefying incense-smoke!
Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Profession: British Poet
The thing with Catholicism, the same as all religions, is that it teaches what should be, which seems rather incorrect. This is ''what should be.'' Now, if you're taught to live up to a ''what should be'' that never existed -- only an occult superstition, no proof of this ''should be'' -- then you can sit on a jury and indict easily, you can cast the first stone, you can burn Adolf Eichmann, like that!
Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
Profession: American Comedian
Anti-Catholicism is the anti-Semitism of the intellectual.
Author: Patrick Buchanan (1938)
Profession: American Statesman
All human life is here, but the Holy Ghost seems to be somewhere else.
Author: Anthony Burgess (1917-1993)
Profession: British Writer, Critic
It is by far the most elegant worship, hardly excepting the Greek mythology. What with incense, pictures, statues, altars, shrines, relics, and the real presence, confession, absolution, -- there is something sensible to grasp at. Besides, it leaves no possibility of doubt; for those who swallow their Deity, really and truly, in transubstantiation, can hardly find any thing else otherwise than easy of digestion.
Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Profession: British Poet
Look through the whole history of countries professing the Romish religion, and you will uniformly find the leaven of this besetting and accursed principle of action -- that the end will sanction any means.
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher
Today's Catholic church seems to reward authoritarian personalities who are clearly ill, violent, sexually obsessed and unable to remember the past.
Author: Matthew Fox
A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.
Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
Profession: British Clergyman, Author
Catholics are necessarily at war with this age. That we are not more conscious of the fact, that we so often endeavor to make an impossible peace with it -- that is the tragedy. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
Author: Eric Gill (1882-1940)
Profession: British Sculptor, Engraver, Writer, Typographer
For support, I fall back on my heart. Has a man any fault a woman cannot weave with and try to change into something better, if the god her man prays to is a mother holding a baby?
Author: Haniel Long (1888-1956)
Profession: American Author, Poet, Journalist
She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.
Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)
Profession: American Essayist and Historian
Catholicism is not a soothing religion. It's a painful religion. We're all gluttons for punishment.
Author: Madonna (1958)
Profession: American Musician, Singer, Actress,
You can't run the Church on Hail Marys.
Author: Archbishop Paul Marcinkus