According to the BBC, Father Jeremiah McGrath, 63, gave more than £20,000 to convicted child rapist William Adams, who spent the cash on a 12-year-old girl from Liverpool. Fr McGrath has now been convicted of facilitating a child sex offence, and I hope he faces a lengthy term of imprisonment, though somehow I doubt it. McGrath will be sentenced alongside 38-year-old Adams - originally from the Belfast area but latterly of Bootle, Merseyside - who has admitted raping the girl repeatedly over a six-month period in 2005.
McGrath wore his dog collar throughout the trial, and insisted he had no idea that Adams was abusing the girl whilst claiming that the cash transfers were linked to his gambling habit. Previously in the trial, McGrath had implied that he had had an inappropriate sexual relationship with Adams, but there is no truth in any suggestion that he paid the money to stop Adams from exposing his dirty little secrets, even though he acknowledged that he had "done things that the Catholic Church would not approve of"! What McGrath failed to point out is that his Church is adept in covering-up sexual abuse by its clergy, and has only changed its attitude due to the growing opprobrium of the greater society in which it belongs.
As for McGrath, should he be sent to prison, he'll be able to get his rectum reamed regularly without fear of being blackmailed.