Tuesday May 26, 2020

RTÉ walks a tightrope for the Pope

The national broadcaster’s coverage of the papal visit was a far cry from what it served up in 1979, but it still had to tread carefully at times

2nd September, 2018

Back in 1979, I tried my best to avoid the first papal visit. As a young man in my early 20s, I recoiled from this particular blockbuster. What was it with the supplication of the establishment and their genuflection to Pope John Paul II? I spent the day in Captain America’s on Grafton Street in Dublin, gripped by a funk about Irish society and the hold the Catholic Church enjoyed over it.

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