Top 525 Catholic Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Catholic Quotes from famous people such as Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Francis Arinze, James Lecesne, Dana Carvey, Jim Carroll, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I know that many writers have had to write under censor

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship and yet produced good novels; for instance, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Remarkable is the greater openness of the Catholic Church towards people of other religious traditions and persuasions. The development has not been without problems, since some people have resisted it and others have pushed openness beyond the desirable point.
Francis Arinze
Growing up in a New Jersey suburb, my Catholic faith was an important part of my young life, shaping the way I approached the world.
James Lecesne
I grew up middle class – my dad was a high school teacher; there were five kids in our family. We all shared a nine-hundred-square-foot home with one bathroom. That was exciting. And my wife is Irish Catholic and also very, very barely middle class.
Dana Carvey
I was this Catholic kid, and I never really lost that. I loved the rituals of Catholicism. The mass is a magic ritual; it’s a transubstantiation, and the stations of the cross – I mean, a crown of thorns? Getting whipped? It’s punk rock.
Jim Carroll
The Roman Catholic Church and its rituals were so much part of life that, although my parents would often question a small matter of dogma and none of us seemed more religious than anyone else, no one ever questioned the rituals or the basic tenets of belief.
Colm Toibin
I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters – and the church does not speak for me.
John F. Kennedy
Dad was a keen Roman Catholic, but I left the church when I was 17, not because I’d stopped believing – it was more doctrinal stuff, like that there was no biblical mention of purgatory. I went back when I was 28, just before I gave up drink.
Frank Skinner
My first memories of religion were being taken to Episcopal church. My father was Catholic, but my mother, I believe, was Episcopal. So I sort of veered off into the watered-down version of Catholicism.
Marilyn Manson
The reality of the Eucharistic sacrifice has always been at the heart of Catholic faith; called into question in the 16th century, it was solemnly reaffirmed at the Council of Trent against the backdrop of our justification in Christ.
Pope Benedict XVI
You should have seen me in my Catholic school girl skirt with my knees knocking together.
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Apparently God takes reception of Holy Communion seriously. Apparently some things are more sacred than politics. Apparently it’s all or nothing when it comes to being Catholic.
Carl Olson
I am not a person of faith. I’m a Catholic. I was brought up Catholic, but I’m not a church-going sort of girl. I’m very spiritual. I pray every night. I believe in Heaven and Hell, but I’m not a person that goes to church, like, every Sunday.
Cristina Saralegui
I’ve always been really artistic. I went to an all-girls private Catholic school, and one of their biggest things was musical theater.
Daniela Bobadilla
Religion was a part of our home life when I was growing up. I attended Catholic school. It was a good education – for the spiritual end, as well as for its discipline.
Bil Keane
My ambition is to give Oakland’s cathedral a universal character independent of the Catholic Church.
Santiago Calatrava
I grew up in a very Catholic family. Up until puberty, I would go to a Catholic church every week.
Park Chan-wook
My parents wanted to keep me away from girls, so they sent me to a Catholic boy’s school, the Loyola Academy in Chicago.
Neal Katyal
It goes without saying that a good Catholic novel should be good craftsmanship, good writing skills. The creative person must always be engaged in the long labor of perfecting the tools of his art. Yet the work itself need not be explicitly evangelical in its themes and plots.
Michael O’Brien
Rome should sometimes intervene and say this or that is not in conformity with the Catholic faith. Theologians should understand that. Some theologians go too far, for example, reducing the Catholic faith to a universal philosophy.
Godfried Danneels
Every school that I have ever attended, except for kindergarten, I went to a Catholic institution.
Blase J. Cupich
I’m a good Catholic girl in the way that Madonna is. In the sense that I’m not that good at all.
Heather Graham
My interest in film is sort of catholic – apart from science fiction and horror movies, I’ll watch almost everything.
James Dyson
People think sometimes there is a ‘Catholic vote’ because of one particular issue. This demeans who we are as a Catholic community. We should take the whole thing… We take everything.
Blase J. Cupich
The Catholic religion doesn’t have conspicuous symbols.
Marine Le Pen
As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of.
Joanna Krupa
They divided the city into three electoral wards, and in one ward there was 70 percent of the people, the Catholic population, and they elected eight representatives to the city council.
John Hume
The Catholic tradition maintains that the objective norms governing right action are accessible to reason, prescinding from the content of revelation.
Pope Benedict XVI
My mother desperately wanted to give her kids a wholesome environment, and we were born into a traditional Catholic family.
Marco Rubio
I was raised Catholic, so guilt shackles you from acting like a complete fool all the time.
Keegan-Michael Key
I was Catholic. You talk about a minority within a minority within a minority: a black Catholic in Savannah, GA.
Clarence Thomas
I spent three years at RMIT doing a bachelor of arts an

I spent three years at RMIT doing a bachelor of arts and media studies. It was a hugely formative experience. As someone who had a private Catholic school upbringing, the world suddenly became a much bigger and better place for me.
Sonya Hartnett
Rooming with six strangers and having my life taped for MTV’s groundbreaking reality series, ‘The Real World’, in the nation’s most liberal city was a formative experience for a young, Hispanic, conservative, Catholic girl from the Southwest.
Rachel Campos-Duffy
This is the problem with the leaking. This is actually a terrible thing. Let’s say I’m firing Michael Short today. The fact that you guys know about it before he does really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.
Anthony Scaramucci
How can it be that the homosexual movement, at one or two percent of the population, gets treated with such solicitude while the Catholic population, which is over a quarter of the country, is given the back of the hand?
William Barr
I am not a theologian or a historian, and I feel no call to become a defender of the faith, so in my case, the search for what remains valuable focuses on language itself: Catholic prayer, ritual, the naming of things.
Alice McDermott
I was born in Paris in 1950. I had a strict upper-class Catholic education but I never really fitted in the system and revolted against it quite early.
Francois Gautier
My mom always said that if the Protestants catch a Catholic in their church, they feed them to the Jews.
Kate O’Brien
I was raised Catholic, but my father’s people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.
Aaron Neville
I read a lot of G.K. Chesterton. It was a fairly conventional intellectual path to the Catholic church, I would say.
Ross Douthat
Just in relation to women, it’s not that huge an imaginative leap to see the connection between the Taliban and the Catholic Church.
Peter Mullan
I was raised – and still consider myself to be – Catholic, though I’m non-practicing and haven’t fulfilled my Easter duty since sometime during the Nixon years. I’m assailed by all kinds of stimulating doubts, but I do believe in God.
Thomas Mallon
When I went to high school, an all-boys’ school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn’t make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down.
Mike Krzyzewski
When you think about the Catholic Church, it is a bit flamboyant, in’t it?
Scarlett Moffatt
During the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica in the 16th century, the Catholic Church’s Friar Diego de Landa supervised the burning of hundreds of Maya codices – fig-bark books rich in mythological and astronomical information. Only four Maya codices are known to have survived.
David Roberts
I’m obviously slightly ill, because there is a burning desire to be perfect in me. It’s probably the Catholic, or the ex-Catholic in me.
Dervla Kirwan
Who provides the love and a path to reconciliation? It’s not Planned Parenthood; it’s the Catholic Church, the other Christian churches, and the ministries they have created.
Chris Smith
Catholic schools in our Nation’s education have been paramount in teaching the values that we as parents seek to instill in our children.
Joe Baca
Both need each other: The agnostic cannot be content to not know, but must be in search of the great truth of faith; the Catholic cannot be content to have faith, but must be in search of God all the time, and in the dialogue with others, a Catholic can learn more about God in a deeper fashion.
Pope Benedict XVI
I was brought up Catholic, and even as a little girl I was affected by the idea of giving back – doing something for the needy, something of significance.
Joan Ganz Cooney
Beyond the purposes of self-defense or imminent danger, my Catholic faith teaches me and millions of other Americans that we do not get to decide who lives or who dies; only the good Lord does.
Matt Rosendale
I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches, and I do this voluntarily.
Pete Seeger
I’m easily frightened, and I’ve also come to realize that old Catholic guilt or remorse is easily stimulated.
Billy Collins