Motherwell, Scotland, Jul 21, 2018 / 15:01 pm
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.
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."