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John Waters calls Pope Francis a 'hypocrite' and says the Catholic Church is 'the enemy'

The 'Pink Flamingos' and 'Hairspray' creator is an avid admirer of the Satanic Temple

2019-09-06

Words: Steve Brown

John Waters calls Pope Francis a ‘hypocrite’ and says the Catholic Church is ‘the enemy’.

The Pink Flamingos and Hairspray creator is an avid supporter of LGBTQ rights and isn’t afraid of pushing boundaries in his work.

When it comes to the Catholic Church – the religion he was raised – the filmmaker doesn’t hold back and in a recent interview with The Telegraph, he said the church is ‘the enemy’ and said he has great admiration for the Satanic Temple.

He said: “They have been bashing my beliefs for centuries.

“I’m happy to bash back. I hate this new Pope. He’s a hypocrite. When it comes to gay marriage, how can he say, ‘Who am I to judge?’ You’re the f------ pope!

“You are supposed to be infallible. I bash them because they bash us. They are the enemy. Unashamedly.”

In Attitude’s September Style issue – out now to order globally or download to any device – the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, told us how they are always involved in Pride parades around the US and vows to protect and fight for the gay community and their rights.

And Waters couldn’t agree more!

He continued: “I love them. I had their leader over for dinner recently, he’s a good friend.

“What they are doing is real activist work on the separation of Church and State, something I violently believe in.

“They went to an anti-abortion rally recently all dressed as babies. They use humour to attack.

“That is something you British do better than us. Like that Trump balloon! Why can’t we have something like that?”