It may be a Sunday but the Catholic Church have found time to demand that Today FM presenter Ray D’Arcy say sorry to them. What did Ray do to draw the wrath of the Church?
Ray D’Arcy’s morning show on Today FM is one of the most popular in the country, but the lads in charge of the Catholic Church in Ireland won’t be tuning in any longer and they want Ray to say sorry too.
As usual on Friday morning, Ray was reviewing the morning papers and the big story was the restarting of the abortion debate in recent days. At the centre of the issue was the speech given in the Dail by Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin the previous day, the one which referenced ‘fornication’ as the chief cause of unwanted pregnancies.
Mulherin went on to try and explain the differences between the religious arguments and the secular arguments for and against introducing legislation to legislate for the’ X’ case.
Anyway, in course of his paper review on Friday, Ray said, in reference to the issue: "the Catholic Church, in many ways, has f*cked up this country". As you can imagine, the lads who run the Church here were not too pleased, and they have demanded an apology and a retraction according to today’s Sunday Independent.
The paper quotes a letter from the Cathloic Communications officer Martin Long to Today FM's bosses.
"Mr D'Arcy's statement is grossly offensive and factually inaccurate,” says the letter. “All those who hold the Catholic faith dear are deeply insulted by this appalling language.
"By any objective or subjective measure, lay and religious members of the Catholic Church have and continue to contribute to the common good of our society, particularly in the areas of poverty, social justice, health and education.
"In addition, it is shocking to hear such language on a national radio station at 9.15 on a school-day morning. I ask that an apology and a retraction be broadcast by the presenter at an equivalent time the next time the programme is broadcast, on Monday, 23 April."
So will Ray say sorry tomorrow? Should he? Later on Friday’s show, Ray apologized for using the F word and the paper quotes his producer Will Hanafin who said that the team will be discussing what to do before tomorrow’s show.
Reckon I will be tuning in anyway.