An empty apology?

I had the pleasure of receiving a reply to the e-mail I sent to the NCRV about their program Man Bijt Hond, which proudly featured the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament. It’s a standard reply, probably sent to all who complained, and as such it’s necessarily general.


Thank you for your mail.

It has never been our intention to hurt people with this, sorry for this.

We hope you will continue to enjoy our program.




Man Bijt Hond

Beautiful Blues, having received the same reply, shares his thoughts about the apology and concludes that there are three explanations: 1) the NCRV thinks it’s all just a big joke and decides to send a ridiculous email to the complainers. 2) They mean what they say and have no clue about the Catholic faith. 3) They don’t care, but decide to reply out of politeness. Personally, I tend to to think that option 2 and 3 are most likely. The reply barely ticks all the boxes to be considered polite, and that makes me think of something that was whipped up to satisfy the complainers and nothing more.

And it’s sad to see they did not offer a public apology, because I would hope that the desecration hurt a lot more people than sent in complaints.

Still, let’s accept the apology for what it is and hope this won’t happen again.