Fr Dinny defends offering prayers for slain Gaddafi at Mass
A PARISH priest has defended offering prayers for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, writes Cronan Scanlon.
On Sunday, he was prayed for at Mass in St Eunan's Church, Raphoe, Co Donegal, by well-known priest Fr Dinny McGettigan.
Fr McGettigan (72) said he had no problem praying for the dictator who had earned the nickname 'Mad Dog'.
"I just mentioned his name along with the names of the other people from our parish who recently died.
"I would pray for anyone, so I have no problem whatsoever praying for Muammar Gaddafi," Fr McGettigan said.
Asked if he thought it was all right to pray for the soul of a man who murdered, maimed and oppressed Libyan citizens for four decades, Fr Dinny said: "That's all the more reason to pray for him."
One parishioner said: "It bothered no one. Fr Dinny is a very Christian man."