Priest sparks outrage at Melbourne primary school over comments relating to Jill Meagher's rape and murder

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A Catholic priest has sparked outrage at a Melbourne primary school over controversial comments he made about Jill ...

A Catholic priest has sparked outrage at a Melbourne primary school over controversial comments he made about Jill Meagher's death.

FIRST ON 3AW: A Catholic priest has sparked outrage at a primary school in Melbourne's west over controversial comments he made about Jill Meagher's death at an end-of-term service.

The priest reportedly held up a newspaper with Adrian Bayley's face on it, before mentioning rape and murder to students, staff and about 100 other parishioners at St Christopher's Primary School at Airport West on Friday.

The 3AW Drive program, presented by Tom Elliott, was told the priest then said that if Ms Meagher had been "more faith-filled" she "would have been home in bed" and "not walking down Sydney Rd at 3am" when she was raped and murdered by Bayley in September 2012.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne later denied the priest commented on Ms Meagher's faith.

However, Monsignor Greg Bennett confirmed the archdioces involved was dealing with an incident and said the church did not support those views.

"I've spoken with the priest, he acknowledges that the homily wasn't appropriate and apologises for the offence and upset it has caused," the Monsignor said.

The priest in question, Father Joseph Olickal, apologised over the weekend for his comments and said they were out of line.

Tom Elliott doubted the sincerity of Fr Olickal's apology, but said he was glad the church emphatically distanced itself from his views.

"What he said about Jill Meagher was appalling," Elliott said on Monday.

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