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20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Catholic

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys are joined by Jacqueline Burkepile, editor of Church POP, to discuss superstar Catholic celebrities and the role of faith in Hollywood and media.


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13 comments on 20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Are Catholic

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    Church Pop is how I found you guys via a link to its website from the EWTN website and I go out there occasionally as they have quizzes, not updated in the past several months howsoever, and various Catholic stories. They have your latest podcasts always. Another good guest. This is an interesting topic. At least you made it more interesting than I thought it would be. Your last podcast had a pingback by U Catholic a new website I can check out but it looks a bit barren.

    Jacqueline Birkpile was your guest? She should have spelled her name out for the audience.

    One thing I keep forgetting to tell you under the heading ‘constructive criticism’ is that you often use terms that you just throw out there unexplained. We need to be informed what Santos, Agnes Dei, etc. mean just using today’s example. Part of the Eucharistic liturgy but what do they mean? There have been other episodes where unfamiliar words appeared that are not part of every day language.

    Stephen Colbert is a favorite of mine, yes I am a liberal and proud of it, and I have heard parts of his life story and his great personal losses. Jimmy Fallon is another funny guy. I love Martin Sheen especially since West Wing. I would never had known he took his name after Bishop Fulton J. Sheen! I love his real name too and figured it was Estovez because of Emilio. I knew Bruce Springsteen was Catholic. Bruce is correct, of course as you age and face mortality you think more of God and your religious roots and the end of your journey. Antonio Banderos as Zorro was the best rendition! Great production.

    Some celebrities who are hidden Catholics I find strange. Shout it out like Patricia Heaton. The media and half the population be damned. No-one is perfect. Not one person on the planet is perfect despite their personal belief or derangement that they are.

    RD, I so agree about FB and never went on it or Twitter. Too much negativity not to mention FB sells your personal data and makes billions off you. All they need to work with is your name and birth date to identify you and birth date is a required field for membership. If they were sincere about just making social connections for others they never would demand that info.

    I now feel bad for Bishops spending so much time answering complaint letters about their priests or church happenings. I often wonder what they do other than support church politics. RS, you are absolutely right about the need for more mercy and how dare people set up a standard they don’t live by but demand that others do. Absolute unmitigated gall or hubris I think.

    I like the beautiful quote from Pierce Brosnan. God has to be a large part of each of our days. There is no greater feeling of being empty and alone than existing without God.

    Thank you again for my early morning Tuesday entertainment and God bless us everyone as TT would say!

  2. will says:

    why don’t you talk about the catholic celebrities co-habitating? how can use the words devout catholic and not mention the fact
    that they are living with each other. cant take you serioiusly.

  3. Karen says:

    I agree with Will. It makes me cringe and feel very bad for those who feel like it’s okay to say what a great Catholic Gwen Stefani is because she’s waiting for an annulment. And yet she publicly talks about her and Blake living together and even mentioned on the Voice how her and Blake have “pillow talk“ about contestants from the show. What difference does it make if she ever gets an annulment or not, because her and Blake are already living together as if they were married.

    1. Jennifer Brannon says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Karen and Will!

  4. Irma baxaldua says:

    I was disappointed that she said Catholics and Christians. Protestant religions think we are not Christian, and I think that by saying that, she reaffirmed their belief. We are Christian Catholic!

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  6. Michael says:

    You mentioned the hate, casting of stones, and admonishing the sinner. However it’s a slippery slope when you or Church Pop use big name celebrities and say that they are Catholic with no caveats at all. Many young people and adults idolize celebrities. You are correct, these celebrities are people like you and I however they are a stage and many hold them in high praise. Those who are not well-formed as many youth and adults or even adult converts are, see your articles/podcasts/videos stating so and so is Catholic, can give the wrong impression. Many could see this as legitimizing their liberal/evil beliefs regarding abortion etc. “Hey, they are for abortion, homosexual unions, XYC rights, reiki/Wicca and they are Catholic. So I can too.” You fail to mention the impact celebrities have on youth and the culture that many would just fall in line with these liberal beliefs and yet think it’s ok because they are Catholic. During this show, you yourselves are idolizing these celebrities saying how much you like them and even more so now that you know they are Catholic or were practicing Catholics. Yet they have flaws, like we all do, but they are on the public stage and most times don’t try to hide their flaws but parade them about and are proud of it. The emphasis on prayer for these celebrities and their reversion is most important. Not every person in the comment box is casting stones. Just pointing out concerns of popular Catholic news/entertainment organizations which could unknowingly lead youth in the wrong direction.

  7. Michael Demers says:

    If the Pope is Catholic and Marshall Taylor is Catholic, we’re all Catholics.

  8. Kate says:

    I am a new listener and very much enjoy this show. The topic of celebrity Catholics was interesting and fun. I agree that comments are often in bad taste or mean and disagreeing with a person should and can be done respectfully. Gwen Stefani, Stephen Colbert and Bruce Springsteen were among the celebrities mentioned in this episode – each publicly professing their faith. The discussion also included those who comment disapprovingly of celebrity Catholics who openly approve of abortion or live with a partner outside marriage. It is certainly good that Stefani, Colbert and Springsteen love their faith but they are still wrong to agree with abortion, living together, etc. To point these things out does not make one mean. We are all sinners and there is always hope but why confuse the public? It was a fun but light topic and should have stayed that way.

  9. not one of your better shows.there are better topics.who cares if they are catholic or not?

  10. FHL says:

    The unifying element of any person who started with the Roman Catholic Church and its Sacraments matters to me. The prayers of their parents are powerful, whether authors, actors, musicians, etc. I feel a closer bond to them through a shared early experience, not by current behavior or career choice. I started a list for myself years ago, to note those who began with Baptism, and maybe First Communion/Confession/Confirmation by attending RC elementary and/or high schools, and some of them were predictable because of Italian/Spanish/Irish/Polish cultural origins, but many were surprises. This summary widened my eyes, and our collective prayers should embrace the living and the dead; Cary Elwes (very Catholic family history in England), Chris O’Donnell, Carson Daly, Alan Thomas Doyle (Great Big Sea), John Krazinski (altar boy until age 18, along with 2 older brothers), Kevin Smith, Kevin James & wife from the Philippines & four children / brother Valentine, Sean/Chris Penn, Tom Shadyac (director of Patch Adams, Liar Liar, etc.), Damon/Affleck, Frank Grillo, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola / Talia Shire / Nicholas Cage, Michael Keaton, Antonio Banderas / Salma Hayek / Penelope Cruz / Javier Bardem / Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson, Dominic Monaghan (England, RC High School), Kevin Durand (Thunder Bay, St. Ignatius High School, French Canadian), Jim Gaffigan (comedian), Caitlin McHugh (wife of John Stamos, she went to Sacred Heart H.S. in California), Mario Lopez & wife, Denise Richards (photo of First Communion), Maria Shriver & 4 kids / Caroline Kennedy / JFK / Bobby Kennedy / Eunice & Sargent Shriver / etc., Martin Short (youngest of 5 kids in Hamilton, Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King weekly Mass), Bill Murray (as noted in show) plus his two brothers Brian Doyle Murray and Joel Murray (Mad Men), Mary Frann (Bonanza, 1969 before Newhart), Harry Connick Jr. (Jesuit high school), Lindsay Lohan, Steve Carell, Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Selena Gomez, George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sophia Loren, Katie Holmes, Mia Farrow, John Wayne (as mentioned, real name was Marian), Florence Henderson, Chris Evans, Jason Biggs, Lana del Rey, Bradley Cooper, Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuellos, Madonna, Donnie Walburg and Jennie McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Lady Gaga (as mentioned), Taylor Lautner, Catherine Deneuve, Annette Funicello, Kim Novak, Angie Dickinson, Zoe Saldana, Teresa Palmer, Kelly Monaco, Kate Mara & sister Rooney Mara, Gabrielle Union, Mariska Hargitay, Mandy Moore, Freida Pinto, Anne Murray, Kate Bush, Matthew McConnaughy and wife Camila Alves, Josh Hartnett, Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal ?, Olivia Hussey, Jason Durillo, Dave Grohl, Andy Gibb, Ricky Martin, Vanessa Williams, Enya, Nelly Furtado, Olivier Martinez, Morena Baccarin, Usain Bolt, Kate Walsh, Linda Evangelista, Elsa Pataky, Claudia Schiffer, David Caruso, Valerie Bertinelli, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Robin Tunney, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Dempsey, Parker Posey, Patrick Swayze, Pam Dawber, Neve Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nicky and Paris Hilton, Nancy McKeon, Mickey Rourke, Melissa Joan Hart, Mia Sara, Matt Dillon, Mary Tyler Moore, Marg Helgenberger, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born in Dublin, thought of becoming a priest in his youth), Keegan-Michael Key (RC high school in Detroit, adopted, 2nd wife is Italian), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Puerto Rican), Dermot Mulroney, Catherine Keener (went to a Catholic high school in Miami), Princess Caroline & Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore (more so than her two brothers), Loretta Young, Marguerite Chapman (buried in Culver City, Cal. Holy Cross RC Cemetery), Richard Egan (daily Mass, married in 30s, 1 wife almost 30yrs, 4 girls 1 boy), Leo G. Carroll (named for Pope Leo XIII, 1 wife, 1 child), Gina Lollobrigida, Dean Martin, Claudette Colbert, Susan Hayward, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dorothy Malone, Bing Crosby, Vivian Leigh, Maureen O’Hara. Also writers: C.S. Lewis, Nicholas Sparks, Ernest Hemingway, etc. Faithful or not, they are linked to us all through the Sacrament of Baptism. Stop judging and start praying for the entire Roman Catholic community! PS – this list is just for the sake of vague interest, as my social media is zero and I have no tv/streaming service. Books and old movies are more my thing. =)

  11. FHL says:

    Oops, forgot Frank Sinatra and Brooke Shields (received annulment of 1st marriage to Andre Agassi before marrying 2nd husband Chris Henchy). Again, this is intended to be for general information only, not to be a list of famous practising Catholics or those we should hold up or criticize for their personal behavior. Baptism claims them.

  12. FHL says:

    Three more (humour me, they find me, I don’t go looking…): Rosemary Clooney, Dorothy Day, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine fame, but his duet with Springsteen for The Ghost of Tom Joad is next level!

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