Has anyone seen that movie STIGMATA starring Patricia Arquette? What did you think of it? The plot involved a young female atheist who experiences the stigmata of Jesus. According to the movie, that has never happened in recorded Church history.
The plot grew from a ‘gospel of Thomas’ that was discovered near the Dead Sea scrolls and declared heresy.
I thought it was an interesting movie with a fantasy plot. There didn’t seem to be any point to the atheist exhibiting the stigmata. No conversions followed; no one’s faith was strengthened. It finally seemed that she was being possessed by a Catholic who had been translating the heretic Thomas gospel but the only excerpts that were given were already part of the other four gospels. We hear it in sermons all the time: that we are the living stones of the Church. There seemed no strong reason why the dead translator would have wanted to possess an atheist.
I think of it as a fantasy plot though it does have reference points of reality. Especially it seemed so at the end where the girl was walking around a garden wrapped in a sheet that was draped to resemble the garden’s white stone religious statuary.