RTÉ ringing the changes on Angelus
Published 26/06/2015 | 02:30
For whom the bell tolls? That was the innocuous question RTÉ put to people of all faiths and none.
The national broadcaster is seeking to update the Angelus, which has been ringing down the airwaves since 1950.
But it seems the 18 peals that once signalled a call to prayer, and now in a more secular age are said to denote a pause for reflection, are not necessarily seen as a blessing by all.
Atheist Ireland, which stands for the separation of church and State, said the Angelus amounts to the "facilitation of Catholic pre-evangelisation".
The station has been looking for firm proposals to give the slot a new look.
Bells sound alarms, they indicate that time is up, or that a fight is about to begin; they can jingle at a time of joy and they toll at a time of sorrow.
But they don't seem to have a prayer when it comes to a degree of harmony.