The Catholic church in Ireland is seeking a ban on the release of a new
film featuring a lesbian nun, because it ‘offends God’
The movie named Benedetta, was directed by ‘Basic Instinct’ director Paul
Verhoeven and film company Mubi, and is set to be released on April 15 –
aka Good Friday.
The film tells the story of a real-life 17th-century woman who becomes
entangled in an affair with another nun in her convent, before their
romance is discovered by the church.
The movie also appears to be marked by stigmata – the miraculous
appearance of Jesus Christ’s wounds on a person’s body.
Loosely based on a true story, director Paul set his film on the 1986 non-
fiction book Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy.
The Irish Society for Christian Civilisation (ISFCC) says it wants to ‘STOP
MUBI’s & Verhoeven’s Benedetta Movie (sic)’, describing it as a ‘smart
smut attack on the Holy Catholic Church.’
The petition describes the film as ‘highly touted, blasphemous and
impure’, declaring it ‘a shocking attack on Good Friday… which horribly
insults Our Lady and her Son.’
Addressing distribution company Mubi directly, the petition reads: ‘I
strongly oppose and condemn your distribution and promotion of Paul
Verhoeven’s film Benedetta.
‘It offends God, and countless Catholics all over the world.’
The ISFCC urged fellow Catholics to sign the petition, which so far has
over 13,000 signatures.
According to the ISFCC, Benedetta features ‘several Jesus-on-nun intense
“make outs”, a statuette of Mary Most Holy used as a sex-toy (and)
voyeuristic lesbian nuns’ “pornography”.’
The ISFCC called on filmmakers to ‘promote virtue, not vice.’
The movie has already been banned in Singapore but in the West has
been met with favorable ratings according to reports