Sunday 19 February 2017

Would you walk out of Mass if a priest prayed for a sex attacker?

Published 27/11/2013 | 22:36

Colette Browne
Colette Browne
John Murray leaves Cork Court after being found guilty

If you want to know what rape culture looks like there is no more evocative image than a church full of the faithful bowing their heads and being asked to pray for the acquittal of a man charged with serious sexual offences.

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As Cork's former lord mayor, John Murray, stood trial for the sexual assault of a teenager last week, a priest celebrating a funeral Mass in another part of the city used the occasion to pray for his exoneration.

The inference was clear. An innocent elderly man, a stalwart of the community, was facing scurrilous charges from a lying, scheming woman. She should not be believed.

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