To care for the quarrels of the past, to identify oneself passionately with a cause that became, politically speaking, a losing cause with the birth of the modern world, is to experience a kind of straining against reality, a rebellious nonconformity that, again, is rare in America, where children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics.
Author: Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)
Profession: American Author, Critic
Although every organized patriarchal religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic Church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity -- an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.
Author: Robin Morgan (1941)
Profession: American Feminist Author, Poet
One cannot really be a Catholic and grown up.
Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)
Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
Author: Pope Gregory VII
If you're going to do a thing, you should do it thoroughly. If you're going to be a Christian, you may as well be a Catholic.
Author: Muriel Spark (1918)
Profession: British Novelist
Coming to Rome, much labor and little profit! The King whom you seek here, unless you bring Him with you will not find Him.
Author: Source Unknown
She had once been a Catholic, but discovering that priests were infinitely more attentive when she was in process of losing or regaining faith in Mother Church, she maintained an enchantingly wavering attitude.
Author: Source Unknown
The Catholic Church has never really come to terms with women. What I object to is being treated either as Madonna's or Mary Magdalene's.
Author: Shirley Williams (1930)
Profession: British Liberal-Democrat Politician
It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.
Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
Profession: Austrian Philosopher