Former MP Ann Widdecombe has criticised the idea that God could be female, after a bishop said calling God 'He' puts people off church. Widdecombe, who is a Catholic, was asked by Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain whether calling God 'He' was offensive to some. She answered: "I don't think it's remotely offensive. "In fact, I have never heard such nonsense throughout the entire New Testament. "Christ is a 'He' and Christ refers to God as the father. But her main complaint was about the claim that calling God male would put people off Christianity, as the Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Rev Rachel Treweek suggested in the Sunday Times at the weekend.