Fr. Sean McDonagh,
Navan, Co. Meath,
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland,
5 Warrington Pl,
Grand Canal Dock,
February 27th 2017.
I am a member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP). This organisation represents over 1,000 Catholic priests. At a meeting of our association in Athlone on February 22nd 2017, I was asked to write to you and lodge a complaint about the description of the Eucharist as “haunted bread” by Blindboy Boatclub of Rubberbandits on the Late Late Show on January 6th 2017. This insulting language was not challenged by the RTE presenter, Ryan Tubridy
The Eucharist is a central celebration of the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and the Church of Ireland. It has been at the heart of Christian worship for 2,000 years. To have such disrespectful language used about the Eucharist on RTE was disgraceful. RTE is a public broadcasting corporation which is supported by licence fees paid by members of these Churches.
If someone speaking on RTE, ridiculed Islam’s Shahadah, Salat or Hajj, do you think that the RTE presenter would not have intervened in order to make it perfectly clear that insulting religious beliefs or practices was totally unacceptable on RTE?
So, why cannot Christians be treated with the same courtesy? We at the ACP, and many other Christians, believe that an apology from RTE is warranted.
Fr. Seán McDonagh, (Association of Catholic Priests).
cc Director General, RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Ryan Tubridy, Late Late Show, RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. ·
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