'Popetown' cartoon may be too controversial for broadcast BBC admits

.- Sources connected with the BBC say that Popetown may be too controversial to be broadcast after thousands of viewers complained and expressed their anger about the cartoon’s portrayal of a corrupt Roman Catholic Church, reported The Guardian.

The complaints have been streaming in since the program’s development, estimated at a cost of £2.5 million, was announced 15 months ago.

The BBC has come under fire for its "rudeness and prejudice" toward the Roman Catholic Church quite a bit recently. In a letter to The Herald last week, the Archbishop of Glasgow said the broadcaster was guilty of encouraging a "tabloid culture" and expressed particular concern about Popetown.

The 10-part cartoon is a satire of life at the Vatican and, among other things, has a manic Pope bouncing around on a pogo stick, reported The Guardian.

Popetown was supposed to be broadcast last fall. The BBC now says it will go out later this year, but this is not guaranteed.

A BBC spokeswoman said the program is still in production but she added that "several thousand" complaints have been received and more than 6,000 Catholics signed a petition against the show last year.

Human rights campaigner James Mawdsley revived the protest after he vowed to boycott the broadcaster’s license fee and to risk going to jail over the show Feb. 9.

The Today program featured the Mawdsley case and Catholic commentator Clifford Longley accused the BBC of trying to incite ill-feeling towards the 6 million Catholics in the country. Longley also called on different religions to unite in opposition to the show.

"It would be good for Jewish and Muslim leaders to stand up for Catholics for one and speak out against this... to warn the BBC to permit the broadcast of an inflammatory and defamatory series ridiculing the Pope would be a mistake," Longley said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »


Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: