RTÉ has found a satirical sketch about God that aired on New Year's Eve did not meet a number of its own standards and regulations.

Its Editorial Standards Board says the piece, which depicted God as a rapist, caused undue offence and failed to respect people's religious beliefs.

The sketch is to be removed from the RTE Player, while the broadcaster will also carry a public statement and apology.

Director General of RTE Dee Forbes has fully apologised for their failure to comply with the relevant guidelines and obligations.

Parish Priest of Knock Fr. Richard Gibbons has this evening welcomed the apology after he strongly condemned  the sketch in his homily on Sunday morning's mass which was broadcast on Midwest Radio.



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