Vatican publication claims Shakespeare was Catholic

The new film Anonymous, which debates the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, has opened a new controversary: the playwright's religion. L'Osservatore Romano reports that references in several plays prove that the Bard was Roman Catholic.

Claims that Shakespeare was Catholic began with the discovery of the playwright's father's house in the 18th century, and documents suggesting that it was the family's religion. Experts also site passages from plays such as Hamlet as proof that Shakespeare followed the old ways.