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Archbishop calls on RTÉ to remove ‘blasphemous’ clip

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland has called on RTÉ to remove what he described as “deeply offensive and blasphemous clip”, which was broadcast as part of a New Year’s Eve countdown programme.

In a tweet, Archbishop Eamon Martin said he was “shocked” that the programme’s producer or editor “didn’t realise how deeply offensive 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 Mother Mary during the Christmas season on ‘NYE Countdown Show’ on @RTE, @RTEOne & on Eve of the Solemn Feast of Mary, Mother of God is insulting to all Catholics and Christians”.

In a ‘Waterford Whispers’ news report, presented by former RTÉ News presenter Aengus MacGrianna, God is described as being “the latest figure to be implicated in ongoing sexual harassment scandals”.

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