Aussie priest in gun for criticising rape and murder victim

The Catholic Church in Melbourne has apologised for comments by a priest about a woman who was raped and killed.

The priest made the comments in an end-of-term service for a Catholic primary school.

He reportedly said that if Irish woman Jill Meagher had been more “faith-filled” she would have been at home instead of out in the early hours of the morning when she was raped and killed.

The vicar-general of the archdiocese of Melbourne, went on radio to apologise.

“I’ve spoken with the priest; he acknowledges that the homily wasn’t appropriate and apologises for the offence and upset it has caused,” Msgr Greg Bennett said.

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