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Week of September 15, 2008
Fr. Catfish evangelizes on the Internet
Leduc pastor's website offers insights on Batman, Star Wars
By RAMON GONZALEZ
Fr. Michael Mireau
"To be honest, my hope is to get it (the homilies) in classrooms - religion classes - so that students there can get an opportunity to see them and religion teachers will have an extra resource - to put the homily on the big screen and to have some discussion questions for them."
Mireau hasn't yet talked to schools about the project because he is having "some technical difficulties" with the video player he is currently using.
Once the priest gets a new video player and irons out those problems, he expects to be able to send schools his weekly homily.
The website contains several term papers and reflections that Mireau believes could be useful to high school students and even theology students. Some of the titles are History of the Entire Universe, Physics and Faith, Practical Issues in Youth Ministry, Existentialism, St. Augustine: The Main Components of His Thought and God is Love: Theological Synthesis.
"I tried to put my best ones on there," Mireau said of the papers, most of which he wrote while studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary. "I'm very proud of these ones, yeah. That's why I put them on there."
In his Frequently Asked Questions section, Mireau answers the perennial question, Do dogs go to heaven? Which is his way to get into the deeper question: Do people go to heaven?
He also offers elaborate analyses on Superman and Batman, which he describes as Christian symbols.
"Superman is symbolic of the ultimate hero which is Jesus Christ," he said. "He has amazing abilities and has many things in common with Jesus Christ. Batman, on the other hand, is sort of a character that comes out of human weakness building himself up into kind of a Christian. So there are a lot of similarities between the two of them."
Mireau recently included in his website an analysis on Star Wars, which he describes as "cool" because it is a universal story and in some way it is his story.
"It's about learning to forgive our parents for not being perfect," he writes in the conclusion. "It's about knowing that the universe around us cares about us apparently insignificant vapour farmers on the far reaches of creation.
"It's about the hero journey inside of all of us, springing us into a life of excitement and romance, turmoil and frustration, integration and peace."
So far reaction to the website has been "light" because, as Mireau put it, "not too many people know about it yet."
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