A Challenge to RTE: Margaret Lee
While it is satisfying that RTE has apologized unreservedly to Fr. Kevin Reynolds, I cannot help believing that we have replaced the arrogance of the institutional church with that of the media. Yes, RTE as a corporate entity has admitted wrong doing, but no individual has accepted public responsibility for the perpetration of the injustice. I note that the two women in Africa were named in the apology but the producer, or indeed the presenter who broadcast this programme (with an appropiately sad visage and sonorous tones) have not been named. I wonder if anyone in RTE will be asked to “stand down” from programming while their ‘dangerous behaviour’ is being investigated. A Church person in a similar situation certainly would. Natural justice has a belief that what is sauce for the goose is normally served to the gander also.
The vindication of Kevin Reyolds should also pose questions for people who blithly say that “there is no smoke without fire”.
Margaret Lee is a contributor to ‘The Furrow’ and ‘Reality’ magazine, and wrote a much-acclaimed chapter in ‘Responding to the Ryan Report’