Archbishop Martin criticises "deeply offensive" comedy sketch
THE head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has criticised a comedy sketch included in an RTÉ holiday programme as "deeply offensive".
Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin said he was shocked by the content of a clip from satirical website Waterford Whispers News.
It was screened during the NYE Countdown Show on RTÉ One on December 31.
Presented by Kathryn Thomas and Deirdre O'Kane, the programme was a celebration of homegrown talent from Dublin's famed Gaiety Theatre.
Featuring former news anchor Aengus Mac Grianna, the fake TV newscast clip, which depicted God being taken into police custody, was branded insulting by Archbishop Martin.
"I am shocked that producer/editor of NYE Countdown Show didn't realise how deeply offensive was a mocking 'news report' accusing God of rape & reporting his imprisonment. This outrageous clip should be removed immediately & denounced by all people of goodwill," he said on Twitter.
"To broadcast such a deeply offensive and blasphemous clip about God & Our Blessed Mother Mary during the Christmas season on NYE Countdown Show on & on Eve of the Solemn Feast of Mary, Mother of God is insulting to all Catholics and Christians."