WARSAW -- The head of Turkey’s Roman Catholic bishops conference has rejected medical findings that the man who brutally murdered his predecessor, Bishop Luigi Padovese, was insane.
“The Turkish Justice Minister seemed quite sincere when he promised the truth—but our church is being silenced by this manipulation of the court and public opinion,” said Ruggero Franceschini, the Archbishop of Izmir.
Franceschini was reacting to the report by a medical panel in the southern town of Adana, published in Turkey’s Hurriyet daily newspaper on Dec. 1, which said Padovese’s killer, Murat Altun, was mentally unbalanced when he stabbed the cleric in June. In an interview with the Rome-based AsiaNews agency, Franceschini said the finding by “professors and lawyers” contradicts a separate medical report on Altun before the murder, which had declared him of sound mind.
“Unfortunately I cannot speak in court,” Franceschini told AsiaNews. He said the doubts and suspicions among local Catholics appear to have been ignored.