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November 8, 2010

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Sometimes, it is surprising to discover that a particular person is a Catholic. Maybe this person is a celebrity or public figure that recently exhibited the faith in a very public way, or a familiar historical person about whom his or her faith is not usually taught in textbooks. Maybe this person proclaims to be Catholic, a clergyman perhaps, but it is obvious from his writings and teachings that he holds controversial or even heretical beliefs. This page is dedicated to interesting Catholics.

Aziz, Tariq Chaldean Catholic. Former Foreign Minister of Iraq
More: Wikipedia

Carroll, Charles Only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. His signature reads “Charles Carroll of Carrollton” to distinguish him from others, as his name was apparently quite common.
More: Wikipedia

Carroll, John Jesuit. First Catholic Bishop in the United States (Archdiocese of Baltimore). Founder of Georgetown University. Cousin of Charles Carroll.
More: Wikipedia

Chittister, Joan, O.S.B. Benedictine Sister, National Catholic Reporter columnist, founder of Benetvision. She is also a contributing editor to the progressive Christian magazine, Sojourners. Chittister espouses liberal and feminist views, some of which oppose Church teachings. Based on a brief survey of broadcast videos (available on YouTube), her teachings seem to include some elements of moral relativism and even the New Age. For example, in her speech on Spirituality and Culture in 2009 for the Martin E. Marty Lecture on Religion and American Life (The Walter H. Capps Center, University of California at Santa Barbara) she criticizes creed-based religion, stresses that our piety must conform to the culture, explains what the Church can learn from social science, and even takes the opportunity to make a few political jabs. She may have connections with professor and author Philip Jenkins, possibly through Penn State, where he teaches and she earned her doctorate degree.
More: Wikipedia, Washington Post [quoted alongside Philip Jenkins]

Day, Dorothy Servant of God. Social activist, anarchist, journalist.
More: Wikipedia

Favre, Brett NFL Quarterback (Falcons/Packers/Jets/Vikings).
More: Wikipedia

Gibson, Mel Actor. Angry person. Not actually a Catholic, but claims to be one. He may be a member of the SSPX schism, but I’ve read/heard a few sources dispute that claim.
More: Fox News [highlighting Gibson’s family chapel], Fisheaters [on SSPX affiliation]

Greeley, Andrew
More: Wikipedia, Sour Wine in New Wineskins [book review; Mike Sullivan], The Atlantic Monthly, Excerpt from Priests: A Calling in Crisis, Editorial by K Keating, This Rock, In Defense of Andrew Greeley by Fr. Robert Barron

Knox, Ronald Priest. Convert from Anglicanism.

Rohr, Richard Dissident Franciscan priest.
More: Wikipedia, The Fr. Richard Rohr Phenomenon, Los Pequenos de Cristo, Priest: ‘The boy always gets naked…’, What Are Fr. Richard Rohr and CAC Up To Now?, Fr. Richard Rohr’s Letter of Endorsement

Rupp, Joyce Dissident Servite nun.
More: Orthodoxy of Sr. Joyce Rupp, Morphing Catholicism into Eco-feminism, CA Forum, Plano [1], Plano [2], On Retreat With Sister Rupp

Staubach, Roger Former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback. Popularized the term “Hail Mary pass” when he threw a long pass to win the NFC Divisional Playoff Game in 1975. He reportedly stated after the game that he threw the ball and said a quick Hail Mary prayer.
More: Wikipedia

Thomas, Danny Comedian. Maronite. Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Amos Alphonsus Muzyad Yakhoob.
More: Wikipedia


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