Declan Lynch: Voice from beyond instructs cardinal to make way for holy trinity of RTE
One minute and 15 seconds was all it took to sum up the position of the church today, writes Declan Lynch
AS THE clock moved towards 4.45pm last Sunday afternoon, on RTE television, the cardinal was about to give his Apostolic Blessing at the opening of the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS. And methought I heard a voice.
Methought I heard a strange voice, not that of the cardinal or his various helpers on the great altar, but a voice from some other dimension, an ethereal voice that at once filled me with wonder and yet struck a great fearfulness into my heart. For at first, methought it was a voice from within, a voice which was emanating from my own being, a voice that was mine, and yet was not mine.
It was a sort of whispering, urgent in its nature and commanding in its tone. What thoughts assailed me! What torments! What phantasms! Aye, it was only when with trembling hands I took it upon myself to view these television images once more, that the truth began to dawn. Now, as the Sky Plus facility did its diabolical work, methought it was not mine own voice that I had heard, but the voice of a woman. Aye, it was the voice, not just of a woman, but of an RTE woman, speaking in some secret communication to her colleagues who were "producing" this "show", instructing them that the Apostolic Blessing was now about to be terminated.