Midnight Mass, Resurrection, and the Cults of Personality Around Abusive Pastors

Leeza’s miracle cure

The vampiric bodies in Midnight Mass are Catholic Resurrected bodies: ideal, younger, non-disabled, and sometimes unrecognizable to friends, as Father Paul excitedly explains to Riley. My only published poem addresses the Resurrection of the Body doctrine, with vampire or uncanny overtones. The cave in which Midnight Mass’ Father Paul is resurrected “in the Holy Land” is an evil version of Christ’s tomb, from which he rose after three days.

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