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  1. How fantastic. Go, Peter, go!

  2. I really don’t think Anne Widdecombe need worry about Peter Tatchell stirring up controversy. I think the Pope has more than managed this on his own thanks to his reprehensible views and the part he plays everyday in sending millions to their deaths through HIV infections thanks to his espousing non-use of condoms.

    1. Katie Murphy - ex cath family 15 Mar 2012, 4:07am

      The pope obvioously made the conclusion that in the end, there would be more minds to corrupt and control, despite the carnage and suffering.

      He talks about protecting life, just like the monster who gave us WWII protected life, by opposing birth control and condoms.

      More soldiers for the wehmacht

  3. I can’t wait to see this. Long overdue! I’m aching to see the catholic cultist bigots squirm as they’re confronted with their own truth which always hurts. Peter can expect the usual backlash from the cult of course which will prove they can’t deal with the truth. Go Peter, go!

  4. “Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, a convert to the religion, told the Daily Telegraph the programme would be “hostile” and “stir up controversy”.”

    But that’s what makes Peter Tatchell ideal to present this. The Pope is after all a deeply controversial figure owing to his hostility towards women, gay people, divorced people, children, non-catholics, democracy and through his promotion of genocide in Africa through his support of heterosexual barebacking.

    Any documnentary about him needs to be done by someone who will not shy away from the evil, murderous policies of the Pope.

  5. Excellent – a balancing programme to the torrent of sanctimonious un-critical bilge that is even now cascading towards us – the said bilge even now being paid for by the BBC licence payer and the British taxpayer. Come on Peter, give the old fraud what for.

  6. vulpus_rex 4 Jun 2010, 1:28pm

    I’m not a catholic but…

    Until the advent of the Victorian age of charity and good works, the church (both catholic and protestant)was the largest provider of things like free health care, education and charity in the UK for something like 600+ years.

    That good work continues world wide today, it’s not all bad.

  7. John(Derbyshire) 4 Jun 2010, 1:32pm

    I think eventually-the Catholic church will change its stance on homos.
    It just a metter of time. Lets hop we don`t have to wait hundreds of years!

  8. Jean-Paul 4 Jun 2010, 1:45pm

    “Mr Tatchell added he had been inspired by Catholic humanitarians such as the editor of the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day, and US anti-war activists, Fathers Daniel and Philip Berrigan.”

    You are standing on the shoulders of GIANTS, Peter !

    Go, Peter, GO !

  9. pete the meat 4 Jun 2010, 2:18pm

    And will Peter Tatchell and Channel 4 do a hatchet job on Islamic religion or will it always be Catholicism thats fair game?I assume that taking on the Pope is easier than risking the ire of some mad Mullah ? I’m an atheist but I do think that all religious beliefs should have their bigotry exposed not just the easy targets.

  10. “That good work continues world wide today, it’s not all bad.”

    Any good work done by the catholic church is 100% nullified by their genocidal encouragement of heterosexual barebacking in countries where 1 in 4 adults are already HIV positive.

    Plus let’s not forget how for centuries the church was a great place to be if you wanted to rape children.

    Their words are meaningless when it comes to the evil reality of the cult

  11. Hurrah – I am so looking forward to this. PT won’t need to do a hatchet job; all done by the Pope for him.

  12. @ pete the meat – Didn’t Channel 4 do an undercover documentary in Britain’s mosques last year or the year before exposing the hardline ‘mad mullahs’ ?

    1. Katie Murphy - ex cath family 15 Mar 2012, 4:11am

      the catholic church and some christians – typically evangelicals ………..

      are the wests version of Islam

  13. Of course, a presenter should have been somebody who supports the Pope. That would certainly be a fair and unbiased look at his life, opinions and policies. NOT.

  14. A Channel 4 documentary programme on the Pope would appeal to more viewers if it was produced by Gok Wan. It is the year 2010 AD after all. Gok could get together with Posh and some papal aides to come up with a design for a new triple tiara, which you just know Benedict is absolutely gagging for. The Queen could even crown him personally with it.

  15. vulpus_rex 4 Jun 2010, 3:53pm

    “Their words are meaningless when it comes to the evil reality of the cult”

    Don’t be ridiculous, the Catholic Church is hardly the earthly embodiment of evil.

    Anyway, if HIV transmission were the fault of Catholic belief then why isn’t southern europe, or latin america suffering the same epidemic? It is much more complicated than the influence of one man.

    BTW – why have you changed your name from Simon to Martin?

  16. the Catholic Church is hardly the earthly embodiment of evil.

    perhaps some children in the world today that are now young and older adults, might disagree with this.

  17. Jess Conrad 4 Jun 2010, 4:39pm

    I Hope The Roman Catholic Paedophile Assosiation is discussed?

  18. Jess Conrad 4 Jun 2010, 4:51pm

    I HOPE They discuss the Roman Catholic Paedophile Assosiation?

  19. Me thinks the Pope and Anne Widdecombe will get a very much fairer treatment from Peter Tatchell ….. than Peter Tatchell could ever hope to get from The Pope or Anne Widdecombe.

  20. “He added that he hoped to interview the Pontiff but admitted this was unlikely to happen.”

    Unlikely? Given the fact that he’ll probably try to arrest him (which would be awesome) I’d say it’s not even worth asking.

  21. Dave North 4 Jun 2010, 7:10pm

    You should really watch Stephen Fry’s debate on the Catholic Church with Widdecombe.

    Oh how she squirms. watch?v=BH0safHyhPo

    Wonderful to behold…..

  22. I’m glad he’s doing this. The Pope is an ignorant dinosaur. He’s a dangerous fanatic & feels free to spread hate & lies about homosexuality worldwide. His blind followers listen to his every word. He thinks he can affect policy in all the countries he visits & is coming here soon to try to lean on our government & change our human rights policy. I hope we all give him a special welcome. Make him & his kind never want to step foot in the UK again. Good on you Peter. This documentary couldn’t be in better hands. Do us all proud.

  23. Well, certainly looking forward to this one.

  24. D Lambert 4 Jun 2010, 9:49pm

    I’d like to suggest “The Pope Song” by Tim Minchin as the program’s theme music.

    You can find it here:

    Certainly hits all the right notes.

  25. Sounds like Switch Off TV if you ask me!

  26. “Anyway, if HIV transmission were the fault of Catholic belief then why isn’t southern europe, or latin america suffering the same epidemic? It is much more complicated than the influence of one man.”

    The Pope and the Catholic Church oppose the use of condoms to prevent HIV in Africa, and indeed make sure that aid given by the Catholic Church is conditional on refusal to use condoms. The Pope spreads the lie that condoms are instrumental in causing HIV, and this coupled with their presence in Africa to give aid and suchlike is, I would argue, damaging in terms of the epidemic.

    It isn’t so much about Catholic belief as Catholic aid work.

  27. Wonderful! We probably won’t get to see the show here in Aus. Although our ABC is wonderful in many ways, it doesn’t like to stir the possum.

  28. I’m sure Peter will make a great and balanced documentary.

    If it’s not actually fawning over the Catholic church then Anne Widdicombe (aka Doris Karloff) would declare it hostile.
    I think “wheel-out-a-quote-Anne” should wait and see before being so dismissive and quick to judge, she might learn something worthwhile.

  29. May I make a humble request for inclusion in the program:

    It may help to provide a bit of comic relief…

  30. Channel 4 did a good documentary on closet priests some years ago with contributions from various Catholic priests and theologians. The latter were better as it seemed all the young priests ever did was have it off with one another at the various RC colleges in Rome. No change there then.

  31. ‘Cristina Odone, a Catholic commentator for the paper, said it was likely to be a “polemical, knee-jerk reaction” and that Mr Tatchell would admit he is “no authority on the subject”.’

    Well, so what? I’m pretty certain PT will be no more biased than the suitably Catholic authority she would prefer to present a programme on the Pope (which would surely make it nothing more than a PR exercise).

    Good for Peter Tatchell, I for one will certainly look forward to his programme.

  32. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2010, 1:25pm

    Two reasons not to watch this program:-

    1. The Pope – an outdated person with no need

    2. Peter Tatchell – an outdated person with no need.

    mmm, they seem to have a lot in common.

  33. Mihangel apYrs 6 Jun 2010, 1:25pm

    I can almost hear the grovelling commentary from the BBC: “His Holiness is greeted by the Prime Minister…” grovel, grovel.
    hy we should be expected to use their self-claimed soubriquets “reverend”, “holiness”,”excellency” I have no idea. I will accept “pope” for the bishop of Rome on sufference, but anything else is vanity and a lie

  34. I hope Tatchell totally chokes on his words as he would do on a nice thick cock.

  35. Sure will be interesting – relgious beliefs vs homosexuality – a tough one, it’s not only the catholic that are against homosexuality – it’s a shame that our political leader have to pander to their relgious beliefs – wasn’t it in the general election that Brown said that we couldn’t have gay marriage becuase we had to balance relgious beliefs and this – I’m not sure governments can ignore equality becuase of someone else religious beliefs – he need to interview some of these political leaders as well and ask why equality is on a second footing to relgion in a country which isn’t particulary relgious

  36. In Australia, we had an heavily censored media coverage of the pope’s last visit – nothing ‘naughty’ (viz GLTB, paedophile victims, human rights’, etc protests) was allowed to be shown. Dunno that we’ll see PT’s show but hooray for PT and for us and for all human rights ‘right thinking’ people.

  37. BrazilBoysBlog 7 Jun 2010, 2:13pm

    Well done Peter! I hope I get to see it also.

    Shame it won´t happen, but wouldn´t THAT make TV history.. Peter Tatchell interviewing the pope, then arresting him at the end of it? Wicked!

    I sure would pay good money to see that one!

  38. Of course, it will be interesting to see what Peter Tatchell puts together, but I believe public enquiries such as the Ferns, Ryan, and Murphy reports published in the last few years in republic of Ireland has – finally – exposed the RC church as irredeemably corrupt. The RC church will only change when people stop giving it money; the more money it gets, the more abuse and cover-ups there will be.

    Also, I don’t think it is fair to repeatedly put up Anne Widdicombe as the apologist for the RC church. She’s made enough money in appearance fees I am sure. Try poor mad Kate Kent for a change.

  39. BrazilBoysBlog 10 Jun 2010, 1:36am


    “Oh, this is going to be a nicely balanced, unbiased perspective isn’t it? NOT.”

    Really? You thinks so?


    It will make a nice change then!

  40. The comments by Widdecombe and Odone made me chuckle. The exact same sentiments could be said about the Pope’s tireless swipes at gay people whenever he needs a scapegoat to symbolise all that is wrong in the world.

  41. This Pope already does a great job of showing himself up. Some of the stuff he comes out with is ridiculous. He’s an embarrassment to the people he represents. He wouldn’t know a common good if it came and bit him on the nose.

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