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be more Catholic than the Pope (himself)

1. To be more stringently adherent to the laws, tenets, and doctrines of the Catholic faith than is taught or required by the papacy or the Church as a whole. (Usually used hyperbolically as a negative or mocking criticism of someone as being overly pious.) I can't believe we're not allowed to eat meat on Fridays while we're staying with Grandma. She's more Catholic than the Pope himself! Ah, would you stop with your protestations of our mortal sins and telling us to repent every minute of the day! I swear, you're more Catholic than the Pope.
2. By extension, to be more extreme in one's beliefs, behavior, attitudes, etc., than that of the prevailing authority or standard of normalcy. After a year, Jake had started using every dialectic cliché and slang word he had heard in his adopted country, and soon, he was more Catholic than the Pope, so to speak.
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Catholic gap

slang For a Catholic wedding, the period of time between the end of the wedding ceremony at the church and the start of the reception at another location. This typically happens with an early afternoon wedding and an evening reception. Ugh, what are we going to do during the Catholic gap? We should at least go and get drinks somewhere.
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Catholic roulette

1. slang A method of birth control in which heterosexual partners do not engage in sexual intercourse while the woman is ovulating; more commonly known as "the rhythm method." An allusion to contraceptives being banned within the Catholic ideology and the fact that the effectiveness of such a method is as much a gamble as playing roulette. In this day and age, and with four children already, I find it mind-boggling that you and Sarah would be playing Catholic roulette to keep from having another baby. My periods have always been unpredictable, so I've never trusted Catholic roulette as a potential method.
2. slang A method of birth control in which a man withdraws his penis from his partner's vagina before ejaculating; more commonly known as "the withdrawal method" (technically called "coitus interruptus"). We got so caught up in the moment that I didn't bother asking if he had a condom, so I just told him to pull out before he came. Well, suffice to say that we lost that game of Catholic roulette.
3. slang Heterosexual intercourse in which no birth-control methods are used at all. Why on earth would you not use a condom, dude? If you go playing Catholic roulette with every girl you hook up with, you're going to end up with a baby in your arms before you've even graduated college!
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Catholic twins

Siblings who are less than a year apart in age. A satirical phrase playing on the stereotype that Catholics have many children very close together in age. My younger sister and I ended up in the same year in school, so everyone always called us the Catholic twins.
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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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more Catholic than the Pope (himself)

1. More stringently adherent to the laws, tenets, and doctrines of the Catholic faith than is taught or required by the papacy or the Church as a whole. (Usually used hyperbolically as a negative or mocking criticism of someone as being overly pious.) I can't believe we're not allowed to eat meat on Fridays while we're staying with Grandma. She's more Catholic than the Pope himself! Ah, would you stop with your protestations of our mortal sins and telling us to repent every minute of the day! I swear, you're more Catholic than the Pope.
2. By extension, more extreme in one's beliefs, behavior, attitudes, etc., than that of the prevailing authority or standard of normalcy. After a year, Jake had started using every dialectic cliché and slang word he had heard in his adopted country, and soon he was more Catholic than the Pope, so to speak.
See also: catholic, more, pope
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

is the Pope a Catholic?

People say Is the Pope a Catholic? to mean that the answer to a question is obviously yes. `You know how to find it?' Leaphorn asked. `Is the Pope a Catholic?' the taxi driver said. Note: This expression is used humorously.
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Is the Pope (a) Catholic?

used to indicate that something is blatantly obvious. informal
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catholic bagel

n. a nontraditional bagel made or flavored with cinnamon, blueberries, strawberries, etc. (Jocular.) At breakfast, they had catholic bagels and sweet rolls.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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