There has been recent calls for the State Broadcaster RT to stop showing the Angelus.
RT has said it has no plans to scrap the Angelus.
It has also stated that it aims to strike a balance in considering the diversity of views on the matter while fulfilling its obligations to reflect the rich and diverse religious culture in Ireland.
According to The Journal.ie, RT recently commissioned polling on the matter, and there were a majority of people still in favour of the Angelus.
The one-minute Catholic reflection aired on RT Radio One at noon and 6pm, and on RT One TV at 6pm has been in place since the broadcasters inception.
However, it has not featured religious imagery on TV for over 10 years.
Support for its removal
There has been a petition circulating for the State broadcaster to scrap the Angelus.
People have also shown their support online for the removal of the Angelus off the airwaves.
The calls come after the publication of the Mother and Baby Homes report earlier in the week.
It's a bit jarring having to listen to the Angelus before news reports on mother and baby homes.
Eoin Dineen (@Eoin_Dineen) January 12, 2021
If RT replaced the Angelus with a minute dedicated to someone who died in the M&BH, one day dedicated per each individual, that would be 25 years for the babies alone
Suzie (@leninjapirate) January 12, 2021
Things I still havent gotten over moving to Ireland from a secular country:
- Theres a call to prayer on the public broadcaster.
- Children say prayers at state schools and are taught a religious sacrament during school hours.
- Mass is broadcast again on public funded telly.
Brianna Parkins (@parkinsbrea) January 13, 2021
In a statement to The Journal, an RT spokesperson said:
"RT continues to consider the views expressed by our audience, and by various groups, and aims to strike a balance in considering the diversity of views while fulfilling RTs obligations under the Broadcasting Act (2009) to reflect the rich and diverse religious culture of Ireland.
RT has reviewed and revised the format on The Angelus on television over the years, to ensure the slot reflects the culture, including the religious culture, of contemporary Ireland.
In 2009, the slot evolved to feature short films depicting a variety of people in moments of reflection, intended to be accessible to people of all faiths and none.
"The Peoples Angelus project, from 2015, continued this evolution, utilising short films made by members of the public," they finished.