Bishop blasted by Scottish secularists over BBC complaint

Bishop blasted by Scottish secularists over BBC complaint April 28, 2018

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, above, was accused yesterday by the Scottish Secular Society of ‘fabricating a ridiculous conspiracy that the BBC is seeking to oppress the Catholic Church’.
The Society was reacting to reports that Keenan had 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. The video citing Catholic teachings and liturgy, and includes a clip which says the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Communion:

Tastes like cardboard and smells like hate.

In a press release the Society said that Keenan’ complaint “ironically” reinforces the core message of the video.

With his demand for religious privilege and a certain freedom from accountability, the Bishop attempts to invalidate Sean Lionadh’s personal testimony. The Social’s platform is intended to allow ‘young content creators a platform to express their views about matters that directly impacted on them’. One wonders how it is that Bishop Keenan supposes Lionadh’s poem is evidence of such repression as he does in his letter.
Keenan wrote that he took ‘offence’ at the supposed ‘polemical’ tone of the poem. He took issue with one line about communion smelling ‘like hate’ but yet could not see how Sean might have been pushed away from his church of upbringing?
He needn’t look far as the Bishop Keenan has a track record of perpetuating an environment within the Catholic Church that is unfriendly to LGBTQ members of society.

The Society pointed out that, in the political realm prior to the 2015 election, he asked voters to ‘Think Church’, implying among other things that certain politicians or parties should be punished for the 2013 legislation which is contrary to Catholic teaching on marriage.  It is, however, in his tenure as Glasgow University Chaplain and his recent establishment of a Courage Chapter in Paisley where his influence will have been most significant.

In 2012, he took the decision against the advice of the Student Representative Council to make a campus-wide speech against same-sex marriage on the grounds that it might be ‘unwelcoming.’  Rather than take the whole student body into consideration, Keenan took a firm and partisan stance in the face of students, both homosexual and heterosexual, religious and non-religious alike.  

In the face of this it is difficult to deny that the Bishop Keenan utilised his privileged position as a spiritual leader within a public university to propagate a personal position at the expense of the students.
He has since taken it upon himself to invite Courage, an American Catholic group, to set up a chapter in Paisley.  This extreme group offers a ‘gay conversion’ service to those that need ‘support’ in the form of repression and chastity to ‘ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone.’  Evidently, he believes that LGBTQ people should not feel love for one another but instead harbour feelings of guilt and shame: these views go beyond ‘unwelcoming’.
The Bishop of Paisley John Keenan may believe that he sounds friendly, or that he acts in the interests of a church supposedly under attack, but if he wishes to involve and invite young people into his faith, he might best listen to people like Sean rather than tell them to shut up, zip up and close off.  In reflection, if the Catholic Church is to continue to have a public role in society, should it not strive to be inclusive, thoughtful and compassionate?  But perhaps most importantly to actually listen?

According to this report, the Bishop’s letter to the BBC  said:

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 April 23, 2018, Keenan 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 MacKinnon could try to restore some “breadth and fairness”.

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  • Broga

    “Catholics feel their views are becoming increasingly marginalised, almost criminalised”
    He must be referring to the perversion of celibacy forced on misguided young RC priests and the paedophilia for which the RC church is notorious.

  • Johan

    The bully is crying now that his erstwhile victims have hit back.

  • Angela_K

    This barmy Bishop has over-looked the usual fawning obsequiousness of the BBC when it comes to religion.

  • AgentCormac

    You couldn’t make it up – the RCC bleating about being persecuted after the centuries of persecution it has inflicted on millions around the world. Engage brain before opening mouth, Bishop. People in glass houses and all that.

  • Terry

    Yes, the catholics, the biggest, the oldest, the most ostentatious, the most overt, the most deviant and the richest crime syndicate in the world. It has interfered and manipulated and retarded and exploited and beggared and robbed and mysogenised and corrupted and controlled and generally fucked up the human race for centuries. It has even driven genocides. It treats children as sex toys for its mostly sexually deviant clerics.
    Now, after all this time, the catholics are feeling a groundswell of hate. And it’s high time.
    They are not toast yet but they are under the grill, and it’s lit and on high setting. It’s starting to brown up nicely.
    They have overreached themselves in so many ways.
    The latest horror being the papal interference in the Alfie case. The most earnest papal sphincter clenching hand placing on the head of Alfie’s dad did not produce a papal miracle. But the pious will say “Ah yes but Alfie is sitting alongside god now … god called him to heaven. And the news channels and apologist propaganda machines will blame the UK Government, the UK Justice System, and the NHS for killing Alfie. And just wait for the lucrative exclusive newspaper articles or even a ghost written book of the conflated and embellished story. A tragic case made worse by pious busybodies and money grabbing cheap media vultures. Not much consideration for the child as the pious and the media elbow their way to the pig swill through of attention and profit.

  • barriejohn

    I’m not sure that pic is of the Bishop of Paisley. This is more like it:–bishop-td-jakes-potters-house.jpg
    (Sorry about that!)

  • Broga

    Great “look” from Keenan: pained, more in sorrow than in anger, carefully sculpted hair, implying a profundity that goes far beyond what can be put into words, deeply hurt that his godly wishes are being questioned, forgiving and wondering where the Inquisition is when Frankie really needs them. Ah, for the good old days.

  • Barry Duke

    Terry, seeing as you have brought up the three-ring circus that is the Alfie Evans saga, let me bring your attention to the following message posted on Facebook by a medic, Matt Meyer:
    So far I’ve been quiet over the tragic case of Alfie Evans, but as a doctor, a father of four and a former intensive care doctor I feel I have a duty to speak.
    Firstly, no child is the property of their parents. As parents our own anguish, emotion and needs are entirely and utterly secondary to the best interests of our children. We do not own them. We can’t make demands on what happens to them like a piece of furniture. Furthermore, as parents we are naturally conflicted in deciding what is best for them in times of dire crisis. Because of the unconditional love we have for our children we will naturally cling to hope even where there is none. Despite being a doctor I find it impossible to objectively medically assess my own children, because I’m their Daddy, not their doctor.
    Secondly, doctors and nurses act in the best interests of their patients – not the parents, not the press, not some feral “army,” not politicians, not the Pope, the PATIENT. The first line of the modern Hippocratic Oath is “Make the care of your patient your first concern.” The staff at Alder Hey were working under incredibly difficult conditions even before a mob started accusing them of murder. Now their job is impossible.
    Thirdly, Alfie Evans has an irreversible, catastrophic degenerative neurological disorder with no hope of recovery. The brain does not regenerate. Respiratory function and other basic physiological reflexes are literally, neurologically nothing whatsoever to do with sentience, consciousness or self awareness. Death, surrounded by those who love Alfie, peacefully, quietly, in dignity is in his best interests, this has been affirmed not just by his doctors but by the highest Court in the land. Having pictures of him in intensive care plastered all over the press, or being used as a political and religious football, or having people scream outside his hospital room is NOT in his best interests.
    Finally, the behaviour of “Alfie’s Army” is, to be frank, disgusting. Threatening doctors and nurses by name such that they fear for their lives is disgusting. Threatening to storm a children’s hospital is disgusting. Threatening to pull fire alarms when other children are on the operating table having life saving surgery is worse than disgusting. Piggy-backing onto the grief of the parents of a baby you have never even met is flagrant grief tourism and an ultimate act of selfishness. Furthermore, veiling such aggressive and malignant behaviour behind a pretense of faith could not be further from what it means to be a Christian.
    If you believe there is a conspiracy among the medical profession, or a cover up, or you believe parents own their children, or that the parents’ feelings are more important than the dignity of their child, or if you are a member of Alfie’s army then please do me a favour and remove yourself from my friends list.

  • barriejohn

    Alfie has died. I’m not sure that his parents fully grasped the situation, or perhaps they were in denial. They were certainly used, which is unforgivable. His poor father was at least talking sense at the end. The Daily Mail has been championing the protesters, but their “resident psychologist” turns on them today:
    (You have to scroll down past the “wicked social media” bit – another Dacre campaign!)
    There can be no winners in the heart-breaking case of infant Alfie Evans.
    I agree with the court’s decision that he be allowed to die, but also completely understand how, with their son hanging on to life by a gossamer thread, his parents have raged against the dying of the light.
    Utterly powerless to do anything about their son’s condition, their fury at the unfairness of it all has been directed towards the doctors.
    But while that, too, is understandable psychologically, the response from some members of the public — Alfie’s Army — who have been holding protests outside the hospital, is not.
    Can they really think this achieves anything, or that it’s fair on the staff and other patients at the hospital?
    There have even been death threats towards the judge. This kind of behaviour is absolutely abhorrent.
    No one wants to see a child die, but equally the medical professionals know the limits of medicine and when it starts to do more harm than good.
    The protesters’ actions made me wonder how they could have so badly misunderstood those limits…

  • Barry Duke

    An American “pro-lifer” has been exposed as the force behind the Evans’ fiasco. She called for riots on the street.

  • barriejohn

    Alfie’s parents – and many of the protesters – have been shamelessly used by these “pro-life” fanatics, who have no conscience whatsoever, and are committed to promoting their own narrow agenda. That’s what religion does.

  • Bubblecar

    These vicious bully boys are weeping because they’re increasingly not allowed to put the boot into the traditional victims of their bigotry, nor put their “celibate” dicks into little kids.
    They should think themselves fortunate that they live in an increasingly secular society. There’d be enough public anger out there to have them lynched, were we not all more tolerant than they are.

  • AgentCormac

    Bloody hell, that Christine Broesamle is a total nutjob. I really hope the CLC’s role in all this gets exposed and that they and Broesamle get a good public kicking for the way they have behaved. It is truly shameful.

  • The current Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the Church’s teaching on homosexuality as follows:
    Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered’. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
    The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

  • John the Drunkard

    ‘In the face of this it is difficult to deny that the Bishop Keenan utilised his privileged position as a spiritual leader within a public university to propagate a personal position at the expense of the students.’
    Nonsense! Keegan cannot admit to HAVING a ‘personal position.’ He is repeating the Revealed Truth of his religion. Or at least this week’s edition.
    That his personal bigotry, probably a product of the same religion, is neatly matched to the doctrine should be no surprise.

  • AgentCormac

    @John the Drunkard
    Spot on.

  • Angela_K

    I made the mistake of having a look at the Daily Mail,there are loads of articles about Alfie Evans of the most revolting and vomit-inducing type, including the Mary-worshippers of Rome and Poland who jumped on the Alfie bandwagon.

  • AgentCormac

    If music albums are required to display a ‘Parental Advisory’ warning that the lyrics are deemed to contain ‘explicit’ language, then surely rags like The Daily Hate Mail should be forced to carry a similar kind of warning for their extremist outpourings. Sadly, however, the bigoted flow of intolerance and hatred from this particular ‘news’ outlet isn’t new. Back in the 1930s the so-called journalists who filled its column inches were protesting that migrants coming into Britain from another European country was ‘an outrage’. Those people were German Jews fleeing the Nazi holocaust. Plus ça change and all that.

  • barriejohn

    Can I just say that the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool has been on the news tonight speaking in support of Alder Hay Hospital, whom he said could not have done more for Alfie Evans, and that the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has, to its credit, taken a similar line throughout? The Pope, meanwhile, waffled on about God taking Alfie into his loving care, or something of the sort, in which case one has to ask what was the point of prolonging his existence, as he obviously had no quality of life to speak of.

  • 1859

    The crowds and their behaviour outside the hospital in Liverpool reminded me of the mawkish blood -lust of those medieval crowds yelling and baying for someone’s bowels to be torn out. That I belong to the same species as these primitive troglodytes is hard to stomach.

  • Italian Scallion

    If you refuse to look you will not see! Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
    What a bunch of crap this is. You have to have the IQ of a snail if you believe in this nonsense.

  • Interestingly, Christian Concern are now attempting to considerably downplay their involvement in the Alfie Evans case. Did they at any point before the boy passed make it clear that they had only been on board for a few weeks ?

  • andym

    ..and not a mention of Pavel Stroilov, the main cause of the judges’ concern.Was he acting for the CLC,or was he just stalking them in Liverpool?