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."
personally if i was there at the time i woulda walked outta the place.
whatever his own views on the matter i think they should have been private. adding him to prayers during mass really would limit whatever "free will" people in the congragation might have.
who knows who could have been affected by such a monster were in the congragation at the time.
be it someone killed by arms bought from libya, relations either on board or on the ground at Lockerbie Scotland or anyone with friends or family in libya.