A Brighton priest has called for a debate in the UK’s Catholic church on whether its members should consider a boycott of the licence fee for its “enemy”, the BBC.
Father Ray Blake, of St Mary Magdalen Church in Upper North Street, Brighton, says it’s “pretty clear” the BBC is going to be hostile during the upcoming papal visit, pointing to an investigation by Peter Tatchell and and drama called The Pope on Trial.
Writing on his blog, he said: “Isn’t it about time someone in the church in this country just said ‘Enough, let’s not pay the license fees.’
“Why should Catholics pay for public service broadcasting that does very little other than disparage the Catholic Church? Why subsidise our enemies?
“It is about time the Church joined the increasing number of politicians who are debating whether or not we need the BBC.”