A Scottish bishop has criticised the BBC for making a film that describes the Eucharist as smelling ‘like hate’.
The video, produced by BBC Scotland, a publicly funded ‘public service broadcaster’, seeks to show how people who experience same-sex attraction continue to be made to feel outcast and ostracised in 2018.
The Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, suggested on his Facebook page that the film, called ‘This is How Homophobia Feels in 2018’, in effect fomented hatred of the Catholic Church.
‘The priest holds up a Mini-Cheddar (cracker) in parody of the Host for a Catholic parishioner to receive,’ the bishop explained in a 13th April post. ‘The presenter goes on to suggest Jesus ‘wasted his time teaching small minds that love is no sin’.’
‘All this in a week when a Sunday Times poll found 20 per cent of Catholics reported personally experiencing abuse or prejudice toward their faith and recent government figures on religiously aggravated crime showed 57 per cent of it is now directed at Catholics, an increase of 14 percent…and we all wonder why!!!’ he said.
The BBC film was aimed at young people and was posted on 9th April on the Facebook page of BBC The Social, a project of BBC Scotland.
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