Priest submits complaint over Rubberbandits' 'haunted bread' comment on The Late Late Show

Fr Kevin McNamara said it hurt him "beyond words" to hear the reference made on the RTÉ programme

Priest submits complaint over Rubberbandits' 'haunted bread' comment on The Late Late Show

Pope Francis holds a monstrance containing a Holy Host at the end of the Corpus Domini procession from St. John at the Lateran Basilica to St. Mary Major Basilica to mark the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, in Rome, Thursday, May 26, 2016. | Image: Alessandra Tarantino AP/Press Association Images

A priest in Co Kerry has lodged a complaint with the Broadcasting Authority Ireland (BAI) after a comedian referred to the Eucharist as "haunted bread" on The Late Late Show.

Fr Kevin McNamara, parish priest in Moyvane near Listowel, lodged the complaint following the show on January 6th, in which one half of the duo Blindboy Boatclub was a guest with author Michael Harding.

Blindboy - real name David Chambers - said on air that young people attending Midnight Mass at Christmas were "not going there for haunted bread", but because it was a family event.

"Everyone at Midnight Mass is half-cut anyway”, added Chambers. Host Ryan Tubridy said he thought the phrase "'haunted bread' was a great expression".

In the parish newsletter this week, Fr McNamara said: "We live in an age where there is great emphasis on the need for clean air, clean water and a healthy environment, but how much attention do we give to fostering a clean soul, heart and mind?

"Isn’t it time we paid attention to creating a clean environment for soul, heart and mind? I have made a complaint to the Broadcasting Authority. It hurt me beyond words to see Eucharist ridiculed on RTE’s so called flagship chat show."

Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, viewers and listeners can complain about broadcasting content, which they believe is not in keeping with the BAI’s broadcasting codes and rules. In line with the BAI’s complaints handling process, the viewer or listener should direct their complaint to the broadcaster in the first instance.