An incident that occurred this week in the North Fawkner parish has left many parishioners shocked. Fr Tomy Kalathoor Mathew was stabbed in the neck, just as he was about to commence the 11am Italian-language Mass at St Matthew’s parish. A 72-year old Fawkner man was arrested last night, and it is believed that he had previously voiced displeasure with the priest’s Indian heritage. Prior to stabbing Fr Mathew, the man accused him of being Hindu or Muslim, and therefore unqualified to say Mass. ‘This is appalling behaviour and people should never be treated like this,’ said Shane Healy, Media and Communications director at the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. ‘This fellow is doing wonderful work for his parishioners and this is really a blight on the great work that many, many Catholic priests are doing.’
Shock: priest stabbed in neck before Mass
Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 03/20/17
Enjoying your time on Aleteia?
Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.
Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!
Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.
Support Aleteia with a gift today!