Catholics rage at cinema for screening film about lesbian nun


A furious group of Catholic activists have condemned a Northern Irish cinema in Belfast for showing a film about lesbian nuns on Good Friday.

In a case of life impersonating Father Ted, the group have started a petition to stop the film Benedetta from being screened at the Queen’s Film Theatre.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film is based on real 17th century Italian nun Benedetta Carlini, who has entered into a relationship with another nun.

Furious campaigners from the Irish Society for Christian Civilization have branded director Paul Verhoeven a “fraud” and made known their opposition to the screening which they say contains scenes where a “statuette of Mary the Most Holy is used as a sex toy”.

The group is deeply religious and has campaigned against abortion and gay marriage in the past.

The film is set to be released on Good Friday

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, ISCC spokesman Damien Murphy said the film’s release date was an insult to the Catholic faith.

He said: “This film is a fraud and nothing more than a blatant attack on the Catholic faith.

“Launching this film on Good Friday is a calculated insult to Christians everywhere. And shame on the Queen’s Film Theater in Belfast for allowing this screening at any time, but especially on this very important religious occasion.

The film is due to be released in the rest of the UK and Ireland on the same day (April 15).

The film’s release was the subject of a petition launched by the group and addressed to the film’s producer and distributor, Mubi.

The protest is reminiscent of the classic sitcom Father Ted

He said, “I strongly oppose and condemn your distribution and promotion of Paul Verhoeven’s film Benedetta.

“It offends God and countless Catholics around the world.”

The group’s campaign draws strong parallels to the classic sitcom Father Ted in which the hapless priests are forced to protest a blasphemous film and inadvertently make it the most popular showing of all time.

The Daily Star has approached the Queen’s Theater Belfast for comment.

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