The Irish Society for Christian Civilisation has kicked against the release of ‘Benedetta’, a movie featuring a lesbian nun.
The contentious movie is an erotic drama based on a 17th-century nun entangled in a same-sex affair.
The film, which is set to be released on Good Friday, April 15, was directed by Paul Verhoeven, a controversial Dutch filmmaker.
According to the Irish Catholic organisation, the movie must be stopped from showing across cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
A petition by the organisation, which has now been signed by over thirteen thousand people, described the film as “the highly touted, blasphemous, and impure”.
The organisation said the movie is a “smart smuck attack on the Holy Catholic Church, which horribly insults Our Lady and her Son”.
Damien Murphy, a spokesman for the group, said: “To launch this film on Good Friday is a calculated insult to Christians everywhere.
“And shame on the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast for permitting this showing at any time, but especially on this highly significant religious occasion.”
‘Benedetta’ has been outlawed in Singapore, where it was refused classification and it was also met with protest at the New York Film Festival in 2021.
The movie was adapted from the 1986 non-fiction book, ‘Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy’, written by Judith C. Brown.