"There's nothing sexier than a lapsed Catholic."
(Woody Allen / born in 1935 / Alice / 1990)
"Catholicism is the tomb of intelligence, of thought, of brain; Protestantism, the tomb of conscience, of feeling, of heart."
(Louis-Auguste Blanqui, French socialist politician / 1805-1881)
"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses."
(Lenny Bruce, American satirist / 1925-1966)
"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, "Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?""
(Quentin Crisp / 1908-1999)
"I am convinced that some political and social activities and practices of the Catholic organizations are detrimental and even dangerous for the community as a whole, here and everywhere. I mention here only the fight against birth control at a time when overpopulation in various countries has become a serious threat to the health of people and a grave obstacle to any attempt to organize peace on this planet."
(Albert Einstein / 1879-1955 / Letter / 1954)
"I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so."
(Adolf Hitler / 1889-1945)
"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry."
(Henry Louis Mencken / 1880-1956 / Notebooks)
"It is odd that neither the Church nor modern public opinion condemns petting, provided it stops short at a certain point. At what point sin begins is a matter as to which casuists differ. One eminently orthodox Catholic divine laid it down that a confessor may fondle a nun's breasts, provided he does it without evil intent. But I doubt whether modern authorities would agree with him on this point."
(Bertrand Russell / 1872-1970)
"I'm one of those cliff-hanging Catholics. I don't believe in God, but I do believe that Mary was his mother."
(Martin Sheen, Actor / born in 1940)