From the Catholic Herald – BBC Scotland video says Holy Communion ‘smells like hate’
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley criticised the video for encouraging anti-Catholic prejudice
The Bishop of Paisley has criticised BBC Scotland after a video said Holy Communion “tastes like cardboard and smells like hate”.
The video was posted on the Facebook page of BBC The Social, a project aimed at young adults and managed by BBC Scotland, under the title “This is how homophobia feels in 2018”.
At one point it depicts a priest holding a Mini Cheddar in a parody of the Host, and giving it to a woman who makes the sign of the cross. The narrator says Jesus “saved a lot of time when he died for our crimes, that he would’ve wasted teaching small minds that love is no sin”.
He then looks at a street preacher, saying: “See him, he thinks it’s faith.” The video then cuts back to the women who received Communion and continues: “But under all that din, it tastes like cardboard and smells like hate”.
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley told the Catholic Herald that the video was “offensive to Catholics in both the words and images used”.
He said that while there is always room for debate, the video is “not fair comment”. “It is ridiculing and demeaning the faith of ordinary Catholics,” he said, “especially at a time when Catholics are experiencing more and more abuse and prejudice in Scotland.”
“The BBC has to be careful,” he added. “It has to ask itself if it has ceased to be a broadcaster in the public interest, and is just promoting particular interests.
“You cannot imagine it treating any other religion like this.”
The Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh also criticised the video’s suggestion that orthodox Christianity, including Catholicism, encourages public hatred of gay people.
“The Catechism of the Catholic Church, states that: ‘They [homosexual persons] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided’,” the archdiocese said.
Last month, a report for the Scottish government found that Catholics are the victims of 57 per cent of all religiously aggravated hate crimes reported in the country. Elaine Smith, a Labour member of the Scottish Parliament, noted that this is also an increasing trend.
She called on the SNP government to “go out to the Catholic population and listen to their concerns”. She quoted Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, who said: “Our problem is not so much sectarianism but anti-Catholicism.” Source
Catholic Truth Editorial Comment:
The video under discussion is filthy claptrap. It is, by definition, an assault on normality – which homosexual activity, is not. Normal, I mean. Two people of the same sex engaging in pseudo-sexual activity is now commonplace, but it will never EVER be normal. Click here to read more.
Yet, instead of objecting to the assumption that sodomy (now renamed “homosexuality” or “being gay” because, well, who would vote to legalise sodomy?) is normal and acceptable, we get Bishop Keenan in “gentle disapproval” mode – not of homosexual activity, Heaven forfend, but (of course, rightly disapproving) of the insulting, blasphemous images and words about a central tenet of Catholicism, the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It’s right, of course, to object to that disgraceful attack on Our Lord, and our holy religion, but he should not have missed the opportunity to challenge the homosexual stranglehold on free speech. They can say what they like, as insultingly as they like, but the rest of us, not so much…
The LGBT etc Brigade have been hugely successful in shutting down any questioning of their pseudo-sexual activity. But, before I’m charged with a “hate-crime” let me be absolutely crystal clear: I do not hate anyone, not bank robbers, not burglars, not mass murderers, not homosexuals, nobody. I merely disagree profoundly with what they do and I will never EVER allow myself to be blackmailed into silent complicity by the threat of being labelled “homophobic” . If disapproving of unnatural pseudo-sexual activity is “homophobic” (lit. fear of men!) then, call me “homophobic” – and proud of it.
Bishop Keenan of Paisley, and the Archbishop (Philip Tartaglia) of Glasgow, both quoted in the Catholic Herald report, should have said the above, instead of leaving it to a small group of Catholic lay people to speak out against the moral evils of our day. My message to them: stop mincing your words, if you will excuse the pun.
Yes, this video is an evil attack on our Faith, manifestly anti-Catholic, yes it is encouraging the anti-Catholic prejudice which is a matter of public record in Scotland today, but, just as important is the fact that this video promotes the lie that we are all bound to accept, without question, the New Morality in Scotland, no matter that our Catholic consciences dictate otherwise. That needs to be called out for the tyranny that it is, using words of one syllable. Quoting the Catechism on the need to respect people with same-sex attraction doesn’t quite cut it. They don’t want “respect”; they want acceptance. They want the Church to condone their behaviour. Won’t happen. Bishops need to spell that out at every opportunity. Otherwise, we can expect more of the same, and this video, believe me, is not something of which we want to see more…
Now, click here if you choose to watch the actual video which is disgraceful in the extreme. It ends with a disgusting (let me repeat, disgusting) homosexual kiss. Urghhh! Pray a Hail Mary for the grace to be unaffected by the film, for your purity to be protected.
For the record, whether they like it or not, BBC Scotland is about to receive the link to this thread. So, share your thoughts – politely, and in the Catholic spirit of our House Rules – about whether or not such a video, featuring any other religion, would have seen the light of publication at the BBC. Rhetorical question, of course, but answer it anyway, in the comments below…