Priest in Scotland wants to visit in jail the man who robbed him

Catholic News Agency | 7/21/2018 | Staff
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Motherwell, Scotland, Jul 21, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Patrick Hennessy, who was robbed and attacked in May at his rectory in Scotland, says he has forgiven his robber and wants to visit him in prison to give him pastoral care.

Michael McTaggart, 41, was sentenced to four years imprisonment July 17 at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the May 13 robbery of Fr. Hennessy, 73.

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Fr. Hennessy told the Scottish Catholic Observer after the sentencing that “it's a heavy sentence for the fella and I feel quite sorry for him as I think he must have so many problems. I wasn’t expecting him to get anything like four years jail time, it’s obviously a huge mistake for the guy.”

“I would now actually go and visit him in prison if it could be arranged because he obviously needs some help.”

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Around 9:40 pm on May 13, McTaggart knocked on Fr. Hennessy's rectory door. Fr. Hennessy is pastor of St. Columbkille's in Rutherglen, in the Diocese of Motherwell, and is known regularly to help those who come to his door with donations of food.

McTaggart grabbed the priest and demanded money.

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“Father Hennessy gave him two pink collection envelopes he believed to contain £10 each and five pounds...
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