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Mexican Super Priest Fights Sin With Batman And Holy Water Gun

He's the priest Mexico deserves.posted on February 18, 2013 at 6:17pm EST



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Each Sunday, Father Humberto Alvarez dons a special chasuble, or outer robe, decorated with images of superheroes, grabs a plastic gun full of holy water and celebrates a special mass for the children of Ojo de Agua parish in Saltillo, Mexico.

The Catholic priest's robe bears images of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, superheroes who were chosen, Alvarez explains, because of their "struggle and effort to overcome fear and find peace and forgiveness." He began using a water gun to bless the congregation after a series of fatal shootings in Salitillo spooked the members of his parish last year. Alvarez's unconventional style of worship has attracted young and old Catholics to Ojo de Agua for the weekly children's mass. Afterwards, the priest puts away the water gun and comic book chasuble and officiates all of the other services without deviating from tradition.

The 40-year-old priest, who wears jeans and sneakers under his vestments, has been criticized for his playful approach to the Eucharist and has earned the disapproval of traditional parishioners and the Bishop of Saltillo alike. Alvarez continues his services because he believes that children can be led to Jesus through Batman, Superman and Spider-Man. Like the superheroes, Alvarez explains, "Jesus was different and always sought justice. We should follow their example."

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Perfect. He has all of his imaginary friends on display, especially that guy on the cross. 

Yes, "perfect" but where is Iron Man?

And that is exactly what is so scary about the Catholics in Latin America. They'll go to any length to be appealing.

Er....Isn't that Superman, not Batman? He also has a Spiderman frock. 

That priest is no dummy, he is a big hit with the kids.

The Catholic priest's robe bears images of Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, superheroes who were chosen, Alvarez explains, because of their "struggle and effort to overcome fear and find peace and forgiveness."

He has different holy images for his frocks.  He is the Holy Moly of a Superhero Trinity.

I think he is the Holy MOLE, considering he is Mexican. Hmmmm, I love mole sauce. 

This is unreal; I now  think I've seen it all... It reminds me a bit when I was very young and to attract young people they began singing Xtian sons in a disco or Beatle fashion !!!!!!

LOLz!

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