Comedian’s ‘haunted bread’ comment sparks investigation
Father Kevin McNamara, above, has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) over what he claimed was the ‘ridiculing of the Eucharist’ on the Late Late Show.
McNamara went scuttling off to the TV watchdog after comedian David Chambers referred to the Eucharist as “haunted bread” on show.
According to this report, the priest wrote in this weekend’s parish newsletter about his “hurt beyond words” at hearing the host described as “haunted bread.”
McNamara, originally from Co Clare, alleged that matters were made worse when presenter Ryan Tubridy “endorsed” the phrase during the January 6 broadcast.
McNamara told parishioners at Mass in Moyvane, near Listowel, Co Kerry, said he felt it was time to call a halt to:
The disrespect for religious belief and for those of us who respect religious beliefs.
He claimed in the parish newsletter that religious were considered “fair game” in Ireland for all sorts of remarks – but the description of the Eucharist on the Late Late Show was:
An all-time low. We live in an age where there is great emphasis on the need for clean air, clean water and a healthy environment, but how much attention do we give to fostering a clean soul, heart and mind?
On the Late Late Show of January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, there was a discussion in which the Holy Eucharist Holy Communion was referred to as ‘haunted bread’.
During a discussion about whether religious, practice long in decline, might be on the rise, comedian David Chambers, who performs as ‘Blindboy Boatclub’ in the comedy duo ‘The RubberBandits’, said that young people attending Midnight Mass at Christmas were ‘not going there for haunted bread, but because it was a family event.
Everyone at Midnight Mass is half-cut anyway.
The priest said:
Presenter Ryan Tubridy said he thought the phrase ‘haunted bread’ was a great expression. Mr Chambers said, ‘that’s what it is’, arguing that the Church ‘does not want us to use critical thinking’ and is ‘asking us to eat the ghost of a 2,000-year-old carpenter’.
On hearing that fellow guest Michael Harding had been a priest, he murmured sorry about the haunted bread stuff.
An RTE spokeswoman said:
We won’t be commenting. The BAI compliant process is under way.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn