Irish TV comedy sketch depicting God as a ‘rapist’ sparks fury in the Catholic Church


THE IRISH POST — A TV comedy sketch broadcast in Ireland that depicted God as a “rapist” has sparked a furious reaction from leaders in the Catholic Church.

The satirical skit, which was produced by the team behind the popular spoof website Waterford Whispers, was broadcast on RTE as part of the channel’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Show.

In the clip, a man in a white robe is led to court while a voiceover from ex-broadcaster Aengus Mac Grianna explains: “In another shocking revelation this year, God became the latest figure to be implicated in ongoing sexual harassment scandals.

“The five-billion-year-old stood accused of forcing himself on a young middle-eastern migrant and allegedly impregnating her against her will.

“He was sentenced to two years in prison with the last 24 months suspended.”

Though it was intended as joke, the sketch sparked a furious reaction from the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin who hit out at RTE for broadcasting the gag.

Archbishop Martin said: “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 and reporting his imprisonment.

“This outrageous clip should be removed immediately and denounced by all people of goodwill.

“To broadcast such a deeply offensive and blasphemous clip about God and Our Blessed Mother Mary during the Christmas season is insulting to all Catholics and Christians.”

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