Monday 21 May 2018

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

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

Colette Browne

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.

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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