A letter to a priest’s victim on the occasion of his been convicted and sentenced for his abuse of her 40 years ago.
After 40 years of intense personal suffering your abuser has now being publicly shamed, convicted and sentenced for his vicious abuse of you as an an innocent little girl.
I know that now you have been vindicated in your accusations against him but just a day after his sentencing all the pain and trauma is flooding back into your life, you heart, your head.
This suffering is more intense because your abuser, MURRAY, played the dementia card during his trial, urged on by his lawyers, and instead of being sent to prison for years he is now being allowed to return home to his Down and Conor diocesan home to live on his diocesan pension and be cared for under the “supervision” of the SS ! – social services.
When accused he had fled to his nice apartment in Gran Canaria, where he golfed, wined and dined daily – while you sat at home in Belfast in the midst of your sorrows, pains and misery.
The judge accepted the dementia diognosis – but as someone who has known Murray for bearly 50 years I am left asking, as are others, whether this is one of Murray’s stunts – the stunts he is as famous for. His life was all about stunts, golfing, wining and dining at others expense, and using and abusing women.
Sinead, when you go to court you seldom get justice and always get law.
You and your fellow victims have not received justice. You have received law – cold, heartless law – law that can always be bought by both lies and money.
Charles Dickens’ Mr Bumble quite rightly said – “the law is an ass – an idiot”.
Today you are attempting to recover from your recent kick from that vicious ass, that cynical idiot.
But you will recover – just like you recovered from so many hard knocks in your life.
You are not finished with Murray. He needs to be dismissed from the priesthood and eventually buried in an ignominious grave as Mr Murray.
You also need to deal with those people in the Roman Catholic Church – bishops and priests who knew all about Murray’s abuse of women and covered it up and even laughed it off with: “Oh dear. That’s JJ for you”.
Sinead, you are stronger than you think.
You survived vicious abuse by a paedophile priest.
You have battled with your demons for 40 years now – and SURVIVED!
You have maintained a strong faith in God.
You will get from God what the liars and lawyers deprived you of – JUSTICE.
It has been absolute honour and privilege to walk by your side for these last 6 or 7 years and I will continue to walk by your side and hold your hand.
Be calm, be strong, hold your head high.
You have overcome the power of Hell without and within.
You are God’s blossom and the scent of your courage and pain, distilled in your tears, is a delight to Jesus who has plans for your future beyond your wildest dreams.