The Catholic Communications Office has threatened to report presenter Ray D’Arcy to the Broadcasting Authority for what it calls a grossly offensive statement. It also demanded a public apology from him and his employers, Today FM.
What was this statement?
It was this: The Catholic Church, in many ways, has fucked up this country.
In other words, the Catholic Communications Office is outraged that a man has spoken the truth in public, The Catholic Church has fucked up this country. It seems their main objection is to the word fucked, which is a bit rich for an organisation that sheltered and protected child rapists for generations, that stuck its nose into every piece of social legislation proposed in our supposedly independent parliament, that dictated what health care might or might not be offered, that clung with the grip of a drowning man to control of our schools, that refused dying mothers the relief of anaesthesia, that sacked teachers for living in unapproved relationships.
All this they were comfortable with, but not the fact of a broadcaster saying they fucked up the country.
D’Arcy has quite properly told them where to shove their demands. It’s been a while now since a red-faced bishop waving a crozier was enough to silence dissent but obviously the penny hasn’t yet dropped with these characters. Far from demanding apologies for mild insults, should they not be down on their knees pleading for forgiveness from their victims?
It seems these Princes of the Church are incapable of learning humility despite everything they preach. I hope D’Arcy’s reply to them consisted of two short words.