Brit journalist substantiates her ignorance:
Sky New presenter Kay Burley was forced to make an on-air apology after mistaking a Roman Catholic symbol on American vice president Joe Biden’s forehead for a ‘large bruise’.
Miss Burley, 49, made the comments yesterday during a conversation with the news channel’s US correspondent, Greg Milam.
When made aware of her ignorance during a commercial break, Miss Burley then compounded her insulting words by saying: ‘I’ve said three Hail Marys, everything is going to be fine.’
Mr Biden is a Catholic who was marking Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
The holy day in the calendar derives its name from the practice of smearing ash on the forehead as a sign of repentance.
But Miss Burley, who suggested by her comments that she was a lapsed Catholic, appeared to have forgotten this well known fact.
While her colleague Mr Milam concentrated on talking about a fiscal stimulus package being unveiled by Mr Biden in Washington, Miss Burley was more interested in the ‘nasty’ brown mark.
Suggesting that the ‘large bruise’ might be caused by an accident at the Winter Olympics in Canada, she encouraged Mr Milam to find out.
Later Miss Burley admitted: ‘I know I’m a very bad Catholic. I know I should know that today is Ash Wednesday and that’s why he’d got ash across his forehead. I’ve said three Hail Marys, everything is going to be fine.’