Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,934 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Turkey: bishop's murder was political, Church leaders fear

Catholic World News - June 10, 2010

Church leaders in Turkey are raising serious questions about the murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, and rejecting the official explanation that the bishop's assailant was emotionally disturbed.

Bishop Padovese's driver, Murat Altun, has confessed to the stabbing murder. Turkish police have said that Altun is deranged, while a lawyer for the assailant has hinted that the crime was the result of a homosexual encounter. Church leaders in Turkey have dismissed both explanations.

An Italian Catholic journalist, Father Filippo di Giacomo, has said that Bishop Padovese had been warned by Turkish security officials that his driver was involved with radical Islamic groups. The bishop, who was preparing to travel to Cyprus to join Pope Benedict there, cancelled his plans because he feared Altun might be involved in an attempt on the Pope's life, the Italian journalist wrote.

The Italian-born Archbishop Ruggero Franceschini of Isker, Turkey, offered another theory, telling the AsiaNews service that Altun may have been involved with radical groups seeking to destabilize the Turkish government. Archbishop Franceschini, who knows Altun personally, said that he could vouch for the driver's sanity. The archbishop added that Altun was not particularly religious, so that his motives were likely political.

Archbishop Franceschini revealed that he had met with Turkish authorities to demand an honest explanation for the killing, and an end to the "pious lies" that have been offered to date. "We want the whole truth, and nothing but the truth," he said.

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 Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,313 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,687.05
84% 16%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 3 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 7 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6