Jesuit Priest and the Gunpowder Plot

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

A BBC documentary suggesting a Jesuit priest was involved in the Gunpowder Plot, is to be revised after his descendants complained.

The Bafta nominated, ‘Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents’, said Father John Gerard met Guy Fawkes in London and gave “God’s blessing” to the plot to blow up Parliament in 1605.

The Jesuit’s descendant Michael Maslinski, complained to the BBC saying the programme inferred his ancestor was involved, without supporting evidence.

Mr Maslinski said John Gerard had been revered in his family for 400 years – and to see him represented as a terrorist was shocking.

The BBC said it had investigated the complaint and had found the documentary was inaccurate.

The corporation apologised to relatives, saying it was a breach in editorial standards and two episodes would be amended.

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