Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $7,370 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholics in Turkey question official explanation of bishop's murder

Catholic World News - June 04, 2010

Catholics in Turkey, mourning the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, are raising questions about the official explanation for the killing.

Murat Altun, who had been the bishop's driver, has confessed to the stabbing murder. Police say that Altun is mentally unstable.

But in a country where the Christian minority has suffered violence and intimidation at the hands of Islamic extremists, some Catholics note that several recent violent attacks-- such as the murder of Father Andrea Santoro in February 2006-- have been attributed to young men who were described as emotionally unstable, and later revealed to be linked with Islamic militants.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($17,684 to go):
$35,000.00 $17,316.18
51% 49%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - Jun. 05, 2010 1:59 PM ET USA

    This is a real catastrophy for the church in Turkey and against God and the bishop and all others who have been martyred in like manner. May God be with the Catholic faithful, bishops, & priests in Turkey. May God forgive the assailants and bring them to contrition for these acts.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The intractable practical problems with the Kasper proposal 0 hours ago
No, the Pope did not endorse a gay-friendly children's book 2 hours ago
Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral 23 hours ago
Just as you suspected, most polls are useless. August 26
Intrinsic evil can't be evaluated on a case-by-case basis August 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5