A scene from "Pope Gear". Jorge test-drives yet another weird car.
This is not the first time that Jorge has been involved in controversy. Many will remember his time in Argentina, when he managed to offend the government by attacking their same-sex marriage bill as a "‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God." Still, most Pope Gear fans supported him over that incident, feeling that his remarks were theologically correct even if not politically correct.
Another stunt. A bus full of bishops races through the streets at 100 m.p.h.
However, nearer to home, Jorge has been associated with a string of gaffes that have been less easy to defend. His use of the term "self-absorbed, Promethean neo-Pelagians" offended many people who did not expect to hear such language on a family show. Then again, some old ladies were upset by his description of the European Union as "A Europe which is now a 'grandmother', no longer fertile and vibrant."
A bad role model? Jorge has been criticised for hardly ever wearing a seatbelt.
The show has also been accused of sexist attitudes by some critics. "Professor" Tuna Buttie
(© Faith in our families), Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for
Health, Money and Life Religion, Society and Human Flourishing,
is a long-term critic of "Pope Gear", apparently because its main presenters are male.
However, she has never really understood what is expected on the show, and it has been
suggested many times that she would be happier with another programme such as
Eastenders, where abortion, same-sex
relationships and divorce are considered more acceptable.
"Here I am, a professor, and they ask me to teach flower-arranging," complains Tina.
So what of the future? Will Pope Gear continue with another presenter? The late Raymond Burke-Star, the BBC's motoring correspondent and presenter of Tomorrow's World, has been making a comeback recently, with a highly successful UK tour. Will he take over the sedes calida? And if he does, will Jorge start a new show, or join his predecessor in retirement?
Raymond Burke-Star, the thinking man's motorist.