Catholic Church leaders erupted into fury final night time after RTE confirmed a TV skit calling God a “rapist”.
The New 12 months’s Eve Countdown Present screened the clip from satirical website Waterford Whispers, the place a person in a white gown is led to courtroom.
Ex-broadcaster Aengus Mac Grianna tells viewers: “In one other stunning revelation this 12 months, God grew to become the most recent determine to be implicated in ongoing sexual harrassment scandals.
“The five-billion-year-old stood accused of forcing himself on a younger middle-eastern migrant and allegedly impregnating her towards her will.
“He was sentenced to 2 years in jail with the final 24 months suspended.”
It was met with fury on-line with the pinnacle of the Catholic Church in Eire Archbishop Eamon Martin slamming RTE for exhibiting the clip.
He fumed: “I’m shocked that producer/editor of NYE Countdown Present didn’t realise how deeply offensive was a mocking information report accusing God of rape and reporting his imprisonment.
“This outrageous clip ought to be eliminated instantly and denounced by all individuals of goodwill.
“To broadcast such a deeply offensive and blasphemous clip about God and Our Blessed Mom Mary in the course of the Christmas season is insulting to all Catholics and Christians.”
Twitter customers have been fast to facet with the Archbishop, condemning RTE for his or her “offensive garbage”.
One individual mentioned: “Really appalling. Absolutely the state of our public broadcaster.”
One other added: “And our licence charges are paying for this offensive garbage. Time to modify channels.”
Whereas one mentioned: “All Catholics ought to cease paying their TV license charge.”
Others speculated about what would the response can be if different religions have been ridiculed.
A poster mentioned: “Stunning and disgusting, I’m wondering what would occur if it was Muhammad.”
Somebody replied: “No downside for RTE to assault and offend religious Roman Catholics and their religion, but when it was concerning the Prophet Muhammad, the scenario can be very totally different.”
RTE have declined to remark.