Video Confirms BBC Scotland Bigotry – But Bishop Keenan Misses The Point…

Video Confirms BBC Scotland Bigotry – But Bishop Keenan Misses The Point…

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”.    

Holy Communion
“tastes like cardboard and smells like hate” – blasphemy, BBC Scotland video…

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…

Comments (59)

  • Esme

    I came across this video on YouTube just now and it reminded me of this discussion. These people who claim to be Catholics and yet don’t recognise blasphemy when they see it, worry me. I don’t think they can really believe in the Real Presence.


    April 19, 2018 at 9:41 pm
  • editor

    The Scottish Catholic Media Office has just published the following press release. My short response to it follows:

    Catholic Church complains to BBC Scotland

    26 April 2018

    Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, has today published a letter sent 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’.

    The film, broadcast on the corporation’s digital platform, ‘The Social’, portrays hatred towards gay people and suggests Catholics are the root of the problem, with detailed references to the teachings and liturgy of the Church. With several deeply insulting and offensive representations, the video includes a clip which says the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Communion ‘tastes like cardboard and smells like hate’.

    In his correspondence, dated 23 April, Bishop Keenan quotes recent Scottish Government figures which show fifty-seven per cent of religiously aggravated crime is committed against Catholics, who make up only sixteen per cent of the population.

    Bishop Keenan writes:

    “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”.

    He requested a meeting with the Director to express concerns and to try to restore some breadth and fairness of critique, adding:

    “Catholics ask nothing more from the media than equity of treatment alongside their peers”.

    The Director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, Peter Kearney, has also sent a complaint to the Head of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs at BBC Scotland, regarding concerns the film has breached official Guidelines.

    Requesting clarification as to whether the video was approved or assessed by the Head of Editorial Standards and Compliance prior to publication, he writes:

    “The Guidelines make it clear that “Programme makers dealing with religious themes should be aware of what may cause offence.” While also stating “Deep offence will also be caused by profane references or disrespect whether verbal or visual, directed at deities, scriptures, holy days and rituals”.

    He adds:

    “The gratuitously disrespectful representation of the Mass constitute exactly the type of disrespect which the Guidelines seek to avoid.”


    To which I responded in a short emailed reply:

    Would be more convincing if he wasn’t himself involved in desecration of the Eucharist by allowing Communion in the hand. Editor.

    And, of course, the following nugget reveals the “we’re all Jock Thampson’s bairns = one religion is as good as another” mentality:

    “Catholics ask nothing more from the media than equity of treatment alongside their peers”.

    Still, as ever, keen not to rock the ecumenical boat. Which is why there is no grace in any of these enterprises, including the above complaint. It will change nothing.

    April 26, 2018 at 8:44 am
    • RCAVictor


      The Church Militant has been replaced by the Church Groveling.

      April 26, 2018 at 2:09 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Got it in one. It’s sad to see bishops reduced to being mini-diplomats, anxious to appease the enemy, always on the back foot. Tragic.

        April 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Bishops have finally succeeded in penetrating the “iron curtain” of the mainstream media on this topics.

    Also surprisingly, its the anti-Catholic Herald which covers the matter.

    Crucially, they portray the Bishops’ complaint as relating only to “disrespect” as opposed to the wicked and deceitful misrepresentation contained in the video. I am banned from commenting on the Herald site (!) and so cannot correct this.

    Still, that the media – and especially the Herald – has eventually covered this indicates positive (if modest) progress.

    April 27, 2018 at 10:16 am
    • Lily

      Gabriel Syme,

      It wouldn’t let me read past the first paragraph saying I’ve viewed three pages in the past month or whatever but I never visit the Herald site, so I’m not going to register now just to read that.

      The article began saying the Bishop demanded a meeting with the BBC but that is not true, see his letter up above. He “appealed” to them and then he “requested” a meeting. Very weak, IMHO.

      April 27, 2018 at 9:12 pm
  • Andrew Paterson

    Oh, get over it! Drip, drip, drip. The only “religion” that is respected and supported and has allowances made for it and is favourably treated and promoted on the BBC seems to be islam.
    The crimes of muslims relate to their culture, so get used to it. So very little mention on the BBC, or anywhere.
    Please pay attention. Upsetting Catholics is OK because they don’t issue fatwas demanding the death of offenders. Besides, all the smart people are atheists.
    The Bishops are useless and will not take a stand, or even speak too loudly. How many Catholic Bishops have been jailed or fined for protesting against civil “marriage”, against abortion, against the intrusion into primary schools of lessons directed at the acceptance of transgender, and homosexuals, as perfectly normal?
    Can our Bishops put their hands up and say,”No we did not send congratulations to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives and her partner on their forthcoming happy event”?

    And if you think that I am in a bad mood with frustration and being powerless to do anything, you are quite right.

    April 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm
    • editor


      “Can our Bishops put their hands up and say,”No we did not send congratulations to the leader of the Scottish Conservatives and her partner on their forthcoming happy event”?”

      Are you kidding? Did they actually DO that? I cannot find any source, so if you are being facetious, please say so or provide a link. That would call for some definite action – such as a dedicated thread!

      And don’t let yourself get depressed. Remember the old say, “don’t get mad, get even!”

      April 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm
      • Andrew Paterson

        It was a hypothetical question, so I made it up, you could say.
        It is axiomatic that support of a LBVGTI agenda will be entirely anti-Christian in tone and in action.
        However, I do not recall any Bishop suggesting to the faithful in Scotland that they should not vote for any political party headed up by a homosexual.
        Last year that would have been Labour, Tory and Greens out of the running.
        While the excuse,”we cannot be part of “politics” is standard it is also naive and specious.
        It is not a position you will ever hear from an imam.

        May 3, 2018 at 7:38 am
  • Pete Jermey

    I think if the BBC need evidence that their video was accurate about religiously motivated homophobia then they need only cite this blog.

    Editor: Now, like every other Catholic Truth critic in creation, you snipe but don’t explain. What on EARTH do you mean by your ridiculous statement? The BBC can blasphemously describe Holy Communion as “tasting like cardboard and smelling of hate” and, somehow, we are to blame for that? Do us a favour and either attempt a rational explanation or blog elsewhere. I nearly said “blog off” but that would be rude.

    April 29, 2018 at 8:28 am
    • Andrew Paterson

      It is not “homophobia” as we do not hate homosexual perverts. We disagree with their view of the Universe. We disagree for religious reasons, it is true.
      From a completely secular, even atheistic viewpoint, also, there is no place for homosexuality in any healthy society.
      The simple biological reason is that homosexuals cannot reproduce and society would die out.
      Any nonsense about surrogacy and adoption simply underlines the physical contortions required to overcome biology. The mental contortions are a kind of madness.

      May 3, 2018 at 7:45 am
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