Mel Gibson's father call the Pope gay on radio show


His Hollywood star son has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately - now Mel Gibson's father has left people reeling with an outrageous radio outburst.

The Braveheart actor's father, Hutton Gibson - a devout Catholic like his son - has reportedly blasted the Vatican and labelled Pope Benedict XVI as 'gay' on a US radio show.

According to gossip website, Gibson senior rang Stateside radio talk show the Political Cesspool Radio Program, which is broadcast on the Liberty News network, during which he's asked if the Catholic Church was addressing issues such as homosexuality.

The 91 year-old responded: 'It's not willing to do so because half of the people there in the Vatican are queer.'

When asked if he thinks Pope Benedict is gay, Hutton replies: 'I certainly do... why else would he put up with this?... He's a slippery character.'