A Catholic priest in Melbourne has reportedly been criticised for a speech in which he said Jill Meagher would have been at home instead of out on the night she was raped and killed if she was more “faith filled”.
Meagher was murdered by Adrian Bayley after a night out Melbourne in September 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison.
The priest delivered his homily at an end-of-term service for a Catholic primary school in Melbourne on Friday and radio station 3AW reported he held up a newspaper article with a picture of Bayley on it to make his point. The report says he told a crowd of about 100 that if Meagher had been more “faith filled” she would have been home and “not walking down Sydney Road at 3am”.
That. That’s something not to say about rape. So many reasons – one of them being the casual dismissal of women’s right to walk around in the world, and the implication that there’s something immoral about women doing so, and the implication that if they were more god-obsessed they would stay home, obsessing over god, and that that would be a good thing.
Al Dente says
Once again a Catholic priest shows the innate misogyny of his cult.
Pierce R. Butler says
The linked story says that –
– but does not name the pious press-protected priest or even his specific church.
Why didn’t he scold Adrian Bayley for going out that night instead of staying home playing with beads?
Marcus Ranum says
Adrian Bayley should have stayed at home praying. Problem solved. Maybe the fucking priest should have stayed with him. 2 birds with one stone.
So by this priest’s logic, I won’t be blamed for slapping him because he was asking for it by being an ass
And a coworker of mine recently wondered why I got rather angry when she told me she was still officially a member of the RCC because with paying the church tax (Germany) she fulfilled her obligations to charity…
You do not support the needy when you pay the RCC, you support that and worse!
Silentbob reportedly says that if Catholic priests weren’t so “faith filled” that they eschew healthy consensual sex lives, they would not have a notorious penchant for resorting to raping little boys.
this goes to show that even when it is the “legitimate” stranger in the bushes it is still the woman’s fault. Heads I win, tails your lose.
Millions of Australian Catholics will agree with every word he said. And those who disagree will be too cowardly to speak against him.
S Mukherjee says
This priest should team up with that mullah who said that ‘uncovered’ women were responsible for their rapes because it was like leaving an uncovered piece of meat for a cat. What a meeting of minds that would be!