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The film Stigmata is a graphic and frightening tale of spiritual awakening that provokes the viewer to question their own faith in religion It is not merely a film about a young stigmatic woman More importantly director Rupert Wainwright has produced a film portraying his view of the Catholic Church His view is the same as that of an ancient scroll found in 1945 and that of a priest from the 11th Century named Thomas Aquinas When a young atheist woman named Frankie Page Patricia Arquette becomes afflicted with the wounds of Christ or stigmata from an unseen attacker the Vatican decides to send an official Father Andrew Gabriel Byrne to investigate Upon meeting Frankie and witnessing the stigmata first hand he becomes more concerned with saving her life than debunking her claims But he also finds himself contemplating his religion upon learning the truth about the actions of the Catholic Church The truth that he discovers is that when the dead sea scrolls were found in 1945 in another cave not far from them in Nag Hamadi another text was found This scroll written entirely in Aramaic the language of Jesus is thought by many to be the only living text of Jesus Christ himself Youd think that the church would have hailed this discovery as a blessing but instead the church has described the scroll as heresy since its contents would destroy the fabric of the church A church that owns more real estate world wide and is worth more money than other single corporation in the world The church doesnt want this scroll to be published as a book of the bible is because the gospel is an account of Jesus on the night of his last supper It states how he wants his church to be conducted after his death The gospel starts out by saying The kingdom of god is inside you and all around you Not in
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