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Take the Angelus off our screens

THE presentation of the Angelus on RTE television -- a piece of religious propaganda only screened in the Republic and nowhere else in the world outside the Vatican -- must be removed for a number of reasons, not least of which is because it is sectarian.

This innovation was the brainchild of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. It had its first airing on Radio Eireann on August 15, 1950 and was replicated on Irish television for the first time in 1962.

Since the seventh century, Rome has regarded Ireland as a papal fiefdom. Recognising this insult to his political and spiritual authority -- and with the support of the then Dublin Parliament -- Henry VIII did us a favour and conferred the status of Kingdom upon Ireland in 1541.

Removing the Angelus from RTE would signal our desire -- in a highly symbolic way -- that the amoral body of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland must, in true contrition, find its original soul and its proper role in society.

Pierce Martin
Celbridge, Co Kildare

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