Totally random topic, I KNOW, but I recently became fascinated by the number of Catholics in the public sphere, practicing or not. Household names for average folk, I’m not talking about Christopher West or Mother Angelica here. I can only imagine what the world would be like if all the famous Catholics were devout, in the simple sense of attending weekly Mass. I’m not even asking for an agreement with Church teachings, just going to Mass. Could you imagine? Plugging along, here are 5 that are some of my favorites.
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Love this guy. A Notre Dame grad and a frequenter of Irish football games, he really can do no wrong in my book. Well, I’m sure that’s not true. BUT he’s definitely one of America’s favorites.
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This man often goes to daily Mass and he’s pretty to look at (sorry, it’s just an objective fact that the man is handsome, right? Calvin Klein doesn’t hire just anyone to do underwear ads). He started out rough and gradually made his way back to the Church he was born into. His story is wonderful.
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Funny man. Most people know he’s Catholic just by listening or watching his specials. Some don’t know and are delightfully surprised. He refers to his wife as a shiite Catholic, they have 5 children, all born at home, and he’s hilarious. There is so much winning there I don’t even know where to start. Actually, his bit on McDonald’s is my favorite and has nothing to do with being Catholic.
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I’m not into politics at all, but the fact that 6 out of the 9 supreme court justices are Catholic is mind blowing. Also, this guy? His son’s a priest and he attends the Latin Mass and oh, he has 9 grown children. Need I really say more? Nope. I don’t think I do. Oh wait, yes, also, when someone asked him once if his Extraweirdinary Form of Catholicism held him back in some crowds, he basically said he tells those people to get lost (but he used a gesture that is harmless to me and apparently offensive to others).
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You didn’t think I’d make a list like this and not include the one and only Stephen Colbert now would you? Not only does this guy hail from my home town and the parish I was married in, he is Catholic extraordinaire and not afraid to show it. You can’t beat when he brings up Catholicism on his show (although I haven’t watched anything recently) and I love that he really doesn’t try to hide his beliefs. “I love my church — warts and all.” Yup. Me too.
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Some other notable people who didn’t quite make the list: Alec Baldwin, Jim Caviezel, Martin Sheen, Bob Newhart, Mary Ann Glendon, Mark Teixeira, Michael Moore (google it), the rest of those supreme court justices (Alito, Kennedy, Roberts, Sotomayor and Thomas), and many many more.
Now, while I know these people aren’t all the most devout Catholics. I steered way from including the hundreds of household names who were just raised Catholics and really don’t do much now. And I know that they may not all stand true to some of the hot-button issues (Mark Wahlberg is pro-gay marriage, Martin Sheen is pro-life but doesn’t think abortion should be illegal, Michael Moore is, well, Michael Moore) but I know there is great power in attending Mass and the fact that these people attend weekly Mass on a somewhat regular basis is HUGE. Is it not? Plus, those top 5 are all pretty solid all things considered.
Now off to Hallie’s to see other more relevant five favorites!
(all photos and facts courtesy of the ever trustworthy wikipedia)