Archbishop calls on RTÉ to eliminate ‘blasphemous’ clip

RTÉ has actually apologised after a number of people complained over a Waterford Whispers sketch sector in the New Year’s Eve countdown program, which was broadcast on RTÉ One television.

In a statement, the broadcaster acknowledged that some viewers were offended by the sketch and said that around 1,100 problems have actually been received up until now.

It stated: “RTÉ identifies that matters which can trigger offense naturally vary from individual to person, within funny and satire in specific.

” Having reviewed the feedback and grievances got as much as this point, RTÉ wishes to apologise to those who were upset by the sector.

” The protests received by RTÉ are being participated in our grievances system and will be reacted to in accordance with the pertinent statutory procedure.”

In the ‘Waterford Whispers’ report, presented by previous RTÉ News speaker Aengus MacGrianna, God is referred to as being “the most recent figure to be implicated in ongoing unwanted sexual advances scandals”.

The clip ended with a line that motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23- year sentence in the United States for rape and sexual attack, had “asked for a retrial in Ireland”.

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland called on RTÉ to remove what he referred to as the “deeply offensive and blasphemous clip”.

In a tweet, Archbishop Eamon Martin said he was “surprised” that the programme’s manufacturer or editor “didn’t realise how deeply offending was a mocking ‘news report’ accusing God of rape & reporting his imprisonment”.

He continued: “To broadcast such a deeply offensive and blasphemous clip about God & our Blessed Mom Mary throughout the Christmas season on ‘NYE Countdown Program’ on @RTE, @RTEOne & on Eve of the Solemn Banquet of Mary, Mom of God is insulting to all Catholics and Christians”.

Dr Martin likewise added the Twitter handle of RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes.

1. I am shocked that producer/editor of ‘NYE Countdown Show’ @RTE @RTEOne didn’t realise how deeply offensive was a buffooning ‘news report’ implicating God of rape & reporting his imprisonment. This outrageous clip ought to be eliminated right away & knocked by all individuals of goodwill.

— Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) January 1, 2021

2. To broadcast such a deeply offending and blasphemous clip about God & Our Blessed Mom Mary during the Christmas season on ‘NYE Countdown Show’ on @RTE, @RTEOne & on Eve of the Solemn Feast of Mary, Mom of God is insulting to all Catholics and Christians. @deeforbes_dee

— Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) January 1, 2021

It is understood the clip will not be gotten rid of from the RTÉ Gamer as asked for, but a caution will be connected to the video footage to encourage audiences that the material may cause offense.

Archbishop-elect of Dublin Dermot Farrell said he was “deeply disrupted” by the segment and a “discourse which stops working to respect the victims of all ages and genders of this most degrading of criminal activities has not any place in our world.”

The Association of Catholic Priests said it “wants to reveal dismay at the choice of RTÉ to televise a very offensive portrayal of the God whom Christians praise”.

In a declaration, the ACP said “The portrayal of God as a rapist is deeply offensive. Because of such intriguing insensitivity, the ACP would like RTÉ to commit to a review of their authorities and approaches to reporting on the Christian faith, and to make the results and pertinent suggestions open up to public review.”

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall said she welcomed RTÉ’s apology and said that while she favours complimentary speech she did not believe it was ever acceptable to joke about rape.

A representative for Aontú called on RTÉ to eliminate the clip from the RTÉ Gamer, stating “apologising for product while still making it readily available online, seems like an empty gesture from senior management in RTÉ”.

Becky Kealy said it is difficult to believe that RTÉ would produce a sketch targeted at any other religion.

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