I don’t know whether this is mainly for your Last Acceptable Prejudice file or your Throwing a Nutty file … from CNA. My emphases and comments:
Catholics denounce slated ‘documentary’ on Pope by homosexual activist
London, England, Jun 8, 2010 / 01:07 am (CNA).- A homosexual activist [deviant, and therefore in liberal eyes well-qualified...] and Vatican protestor in the U.K. is slated to make what he calls a “factual” documentary on the Holy Father, [It will be truly unbiased, I bet.] which is set to air just before the upcoming papal trip. One critic of the proposed film called it further evidence of England being “a profoundly anti-Catholic country.” [What a very sad statement that is, consider that the soul of England is really, ought really to be, Catholic. Aidan Nichols' book The Realm needs wide distribution in England.]
Peter Tatchell, a noted gay activist and leader of the group Protest the Pope, [yawn] is being sponsored by the U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 to make an hour long film on the Holy Father that will air before the papal visit this September.
“My aim is to make a robustly factual [What does that mean? What is "robustly factual"?] program that explores the Pope’s personal, religious and political journey since the 1930s, as well as the motives and effects of his controversial policies,” [Controversial from which point of view?] said Tatchell in a statement on his website.
“I intend to ensure that we hear the voices of the Pope’s defenders, as well as his critics,” [When someone has to reassure that the Pope will get fair treatment, you know he isn't going to get fair treatment.] he went on. “I would be like to interview the Pope himself. It would be ideal for Pope Benedict to be able to explain himself in his own words. But I doubt that I will be granted an audience.”
U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 released a statement in support of Tatchell, and the company Juniper TV that is producing the film.
“Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, a long-term critic of the Papacy, [... a true heavyweight, he....] will challenge Pope Benedict XVI’s beliefs and positions on a range of issues – including condoms, homosexuality and fertility treatment – and examine the impact his policies have had on both the developing and Western world,” Channel 4 wrote in a general statement. “The program will give voice to a range of views on the Pope – featuring interviews with both critics and supporters.”
Ralph Lee, head of Specialist Factual programming [Now that is worthy of George Orwell.] at Channel Four, said on June 4 that the papal visit in September “provides an ideal opportunity to examine the impact of Benedict XVI after five years in office.”
“In keeping with Channel 4’s remit to provide a platform for diverse and alternative perspectives,” [read "liberal perspectives"] he added, “equality campaigner Peter Tatchell will assess the effect of the current Pope’s teachings throughout the world and the conflict between some of his values and those held by modern Britain.”
Several critics of the slated documentary have denounced the film as “hostile” and “polemical.”
On June 7, London’s Daily Telegraph reported former conservative Member of Parliament Anne Widdecombe as saying, “I think this will confirm the view that there probably already is in the Vatican that this is a profoundly anti-Catholic country.” [It is less important to state the obvious about what the view is in the Vatican than to point out the anti-Catholic bias to the English establishment themselves.]
“I wouldn’t call this the right thing for any serious broadcaster to do, but they’re doing it for the publicity, they’re doing it to stir up controversy,” charged Widdecombe, a Catholic convert.
“Mr. Tatchell certainly won’t be sympathetic to his subject, so what’s the point of doing it? It won’t be skeptical, it will be hostile.”
The Telegraph also quoted Catholic writer Christina Odone, who said that Tatchell himself “would be the first to admit that he is no authority on the subject.”
“And perhaps it would be good, rather than have some polemical, knee-jerk reaction to the Pope if Channel 4 would be interested in actually shedding light on a figure who is so important, and so often misinterpreted and misunderstood – and of whom more needs to be known,” Odone added.
Catholic composer James MacMillian, whose music is rumored to be performed at some of the Masses during the Pope’s visit, denounced Channel 4 and other media outlets in the country.
“There is nothing surprising in the continued frantic jumping up and down [great!] by the Guardian/Channel 4/BBC axis in opposition to the Pope,” he observed.
“Their venom is now so repetitive that it has lost any potency it once had. Frankly, people are getting bored with them.”