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HOLY SMOKE! BATMAN IS A CATHOLIC; Massive guilt complex reveals hero's religion.

BATMAN'S cry might now be "To the confessional, Robin!" after he was unmasked as a Catholic yesterday.

One of the legendary superhero's writers made the startling revelation in an on-line interview with fans of the Caped Crusader.

Chuck Dixon, who writes Batman cartoon strips for DC Comics, said the brooding superhero's massive guilt complex meant he had to be a Catholic.

In a debate on Christianity in comics, Dixon said he had discussed Batman's religion with cartoonist Graham Nolan.

Dixon said: "Graham and I had an ongoing argument about whether Bruce Wayne was raised a Catholic or a Protestant.

"I recently conceded to Graham that he must be a Catholic. No Protestant ever suffered guilt the way Bruce does."

They based their theory on Batman's enormous guilt, and equated that to the so-called Catholic guilt complex, arising out of a feeling of repentance for sin and helplessness in solving the world's problems.

Yesterday, Scottish Catholic Church spokesman Monsignor Tom Connelly said: "Batman is well-known for overcoming evil with good and that is what being a Catholic is all about.

"I just hope the angels continue to guide him in everything he does.

"Batman as a Catholic is not something the Catholic Church in Scotland has a problem with in any way."

No one at the Church of Scotland was available to comment on the claim.

Batman and his alter-ego, multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne, first appeared in DC Comics in 1939 and became an instant hit.

Along with his trusty sidekick Robin, Batman fought enemies such as the Penguin, Catwoman, the Joker and the Riddler.

The Batman story was turned into a smash hit TV series in the 1960s.

And in the 90s, Hollywood star Michael Keaton donned the famous bat-cape to star in the first modern Batman blockbuster.

Since then, the part has been played by Val Kilmer and George Clooney.

Yesterday's revelations shroud DC Comics in controversy for the second time in recent months.

In February, two Scottish cartoonists sparked fury from church leaders by creating the world's first homosexual heroes.

Author Mark Miller and artist Frank Quitely shattered the traditional muscle- bound crime fighters' by creating Apollo and Midnighter who appear in the comic book, The Authority.
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