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Bishop accuses BBC's gay film of hostility toward Catholics

by Tola Mbakwe

John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley sent a letter to the director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, outlining his concerns of the corporation's treatment of Catholics in a recent short film titled Homophobia in 2018, Time for Love.

In the letter, he accused the film, which was published on the BBC's digital platform 'The Social', of blaming hatred toward gay people on Catholics, citing Catholic teachings and liturgy.

The film also includes a clip which says the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Communion "tastes like cardboard and smells like hate".

Bishop John wrote: "In the current climate of growing hostility to Catholics I would appeal that the BBC guard against adding fuel to the fire. In that regard I would ask that the corporation now reach out to Catholics to understand their concerns, that they are being portrayed in a prejudicial way.

"When it comes to important public debates about the wellbeing of the human person and the truth and meaning of human sexuality Catholics feel their views are becoming increasingly marginalised, almost criminalised".

In his correspondence, dated 23rd April 2018, Bishop John quotes recent Scottish Government figures which show 57 per cent of religiously aggravated crime is committed against Catholics, who make up only 16 per cent of the population.

He said he hopes a meeting with the director of BBC Scotland could try to restore some "breadth and fairness".

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