Thursday, July 31, 2008

Saint Batman?

An interesting read for those who have seen the new Batman movie from Father Raymond J. de Souza, a Roman Catholic priest at Queen's University in Australia. Many of my friends came to mind as I read this one.

"Gotham needs a hero with a face," we are told. Yes, the world needs a witness to the truth, the goodness and the beauty of reality; a witness to the order of creation; a witness to the enduring reason through which all things were made; a witness with a human face.

We don't call those people superheroes. We call them saints.


Kevin said...

Just saw the Dark Knight last evening, and I think that article is very astute. Batman, for all of his self-sacrifice, is an imperfect witness to objective goodness because he himself is merely a persona created by Bruce Wayne. Bruce is aware that he created Batman out of a need to believe in justice in goodness--not out of a direct experience of it. He himself has no certainty that the universe is not, as the Joker envisions it, an absurdity. What Gotham needs is a direct witness to reason, light, goodness, meaning and order--in short, a saint.

Kevin Thomas said...

interesting Cort. Thanks for posting this link.