Is the Pope Catholic?
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Is the Pope (a) Catholic?
A humorous response to a question that the speaker feels would obviously be answered in the affirmative. A: "Are you going to the party tonight?" B: "Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course I'll be there!" A: "Do you think Dave took the money?" B: "Are you kidding? Is the Pope Catholic?"
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Is the Pope (a) Catholic?used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious. informal
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is the Pope Catholic?
A positive response (yes) to what one considers a stupid question. Dating from the mid-twentieth century, this answer should be avoided in polite society.
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