Is the BBC’s depiction of Catholics and the Vatican similar to the treatment racists give ethnic minorities?
We all know that the BBC has not given the Catholic Church a fair hearing for many years now. Many Catholics believe several of the BBC’s main presenters are only interested in reporting on the Church if they can mention child abuse in the same sentence. Thus they create an association in the minds of the viewers or listeners; that words like Catholic, Vatican, hierarchy = dissidents or abuse and cover up. This has worked, as we know because it is getting thrown up in the everyday lives of many ordinary Catholics.
As Pastor Iuventus in the Catholic Herald put it “Lest their [the BBC] audience fail to make this connection they even assert the self-fulfilling prediction that these events will cause people to ask themselves whether there remains a culture of abuse and cover-up at the highest level in the Vatican. It’s the digital age’s equivalent of the most reactionary No Popery, based on innuendo and fear. For comment on such matters the BBC wheels out a succession of people who openly dissent from Catholic teaching particularly on sexuality, to give the “Catholic” reaction to the events unfolding. It’s most depressing” (Catholic Herald 1-3-2013).
It is also very frustrating that many famous media Catholics who tend to attack the Church and her teachings often appear in Catholic publications. It is these people, those who take the Pill (excuse my pun), who get wheeled out by the BBC when Catholicism is in the news, as during the recent Conclave. Each has a shopping list of changes they want to the Church’s teachings that usually agree not with the Christian standpoint but with the modern secular media. Is this another symptom of the institutional anti-Catholic bigotry that lies at the heart of the BBC? For by using many dissident pundits they are attempting to pressure the Church into accepting their own particular perversion of the human condition.