Italy: Muslim migrant stabs pro-migrant priest to death, police reject bishops’ claim that killer was mentally ill
The Catholic Church of Pope Francis is so wedded to the idea that mass migration is a good thing and a Christian duty to accept and enable that even when police reject the claim that a Muslim migrant murderer was mentally ill, the Church insists on it. Even worse, “Roberto Bernasconi, president of the Como section of pro-migrant Catholic charity Caritas, blamed the ‘tragedy’ on the anti-migrant ‘climate of hatred and intolerance that is fomented in the city.’” That’s right: he is claiming that a Muslim migrant murdered a pro-migrant priest because of anti-migrant sentiment, which is not exactly the most effective way to stamp out such sentiment.
The Italian Catholic bishops and Roberto Bernasconi call to mind a passage from a book that those bishops probably haven’t read in a long while: “And for this reason God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
“Muslim Migrant Kills Pro-Migrant Priest,” by Jules Gomes, Church Militant, September 16, 2020:
COMO, Italy (ChurchMilitant.com) – Police have categorically rejected the Italian bishops’ claim that the Muslim illegal immigrant who murdered an Italian priest had mental problems.
“The priest died like a dog, that was right,” Tunisian citizen Mahmoudi Ridha said Tuesday morning after he repeatedly stabbed 51-year-old Fr. Roberto Malgesini in Piazza San Rocco in the center of Como in northern Italy.
No “certified psychological problems” were detected from the tests carried out Tuesday and the assailant had no history of mental illness, police clarified, after the diocese of Como, the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Caritas, and Italy’s mainstream media unanimously diagnosed the killer as “mentally ill.”
Como’s Squadra Volante (Flying Squad) police and defense lawyer, Davide Giudici, also confirmed that the 53-year-old illegal, a recipient of Fr. Malgesini’s generosity, had displayed no regret for his action.
Pope Francis paid tribute to the priest in his Wednesday audience, giving “praise to God for the witness, that is, for the martyrdom of this witness of charity toward the poorest.”
Italian author Francesco Giubilei told Church Militant that Ridha “is doubly responsible for what he’s done: Not only did he kill an innocent human being, but one that was helping him and, what’s more, a priest.”
“We hope the murderer’s ‘derangement’ will be proven,” Giubilei remarked. “And it is too easy to say that the Right instrumentalizes these tragedies.”
“But now it isn’t the time for polemics: It’s time to mourn this man who spent his life helping gli ultimi (the last),” the founder of the Future Nation think tank commented.
Roberto Bernasconi, president of the Como section of pro-migrant Catholic charity Caritas, blamed the “tragedy” on the anti-migrant “climate of hatred and intolerance that is fomented in the city.”
Hours after the murder, outspoken pro-life Catholic doctor Silvana De Mari addressed shocked Italians, slamming Pope Francis’ “exhortation to build bridges, not walls” as “absolute idiocy” and not endorsed by any sacred text.
“If a European kills a non-European he’s a murderous pig, a Nazi and above all, always responsible for his actions. If the opposite happens, he’s just a bit touched in the head,” Dr. De Mari observed.
“There are many reasons why individual Muslims may attack Christians, but we should be aware that for a variety of reasons the Catholic Church and Catholic priests are a particular target,” Dr. Martin Parsons, independent consultant on the global persecution of Christians, told Church Militant.
“At its peak, Islamic State even produced a magazine called Rumiyah (Rome) to talk about how it planned to conquer the West,” Parsons noted….
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