‘Catech-omics’ to tackle exorcism, moral issues

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MAKATI City, Sept. 7, 2015 – Comic book fanatics, Catholics geeks most especially, have a reason to celebrate. A series that combines CCC and clean fun, “The Exorcist” and Aquinas, is set to hit stores soon.

“Patron Comics has it all: 100 percent entertainment fused with 100 percent Church teaching,” shares its creator, Anthony James Perez of ReginaCaeli Publishing.

According to him, Patron Comics, which will be launched on Sept. 19, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bosco Hall, Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) in Makati City, tries to use the youth’s fascination with the supernatural to catechize them on exorcism in a way that is not hard sell nor preachy.

Call to holiness

“In the first book alone, we delve into important topics such as the call to holiness through our daily duties, strengthening the soul against evil and temptation through the sacraments of the Eucharist and confession, and the need to have a strong spiritual life,” he says.

While he admits the theme revolves around expelling demons, Perez points out Patron Comics goes beyond the Catholic ritual in order to dwell on controversial but important topics like divorce, abortion, and same-sex attraction.

“It is very important to talk about the moral issues we are experiencing right now, and to properly guide our readers to what is right. I created the comics exactly to depict these current moral issues that affect our society and families nowadays.” he explains.

Good vs. Evil

“At the end of the day the exorcism is but a metaphor for the characters’ daily struggle against their sinful desires and personal issues,” he adds.

Perez laments many people today doubt the devil exists despite real-life exorcists vouching that demand for the ritual has swelled dramatically.

“Some people get scared, because they think I am writing about the devil. But people seem to forget that exorcisms are all about God’s power, first and foremost. It’s all about God’s victory over the devil, good over evil, light over darkness,” he adds, thanking the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM)’s Office of Exorcism for helping him with the project.

According to Perez, Patron Comics, which has been endorsed by several bishops, features characters who are “ordinary humans trying to live extraordinary lives.”

Saintly alternative

“In a society where giving in to sin is vogue, the characters choose a noble and heroic alternative: sainthood,” he says.

“I want to be a faithful Catholic, but my same-sex attraction tells me to give in to what I feel. What do I do now?’This is the crux of each story, and of each character,” he says.

Perez believes in the potential of catechizing the readers via Patron Comics.

Catechism meets entertainment

While not entirely new, he points out the concept of “catechism through entertainment” has not been explored and mined fully until now.

“These are exciting times, especially when you realize that there is a new way to bring the people closer to God and the Church. I call on the clergy and my fellow laity to support this holy endeavor,” Perez says.

The comic book is expected to be in the bookstores by October.

Those who want to pre-order may contact Perez at 0922-8276662 or ajuperez@gmail.com. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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