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Bandits beat and rob Catholic priest

The Local · 22 Dec 2010, 14:04

Published: 22 Dec 2010 14:04 GMT+01:00

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The priest was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries after the robbers beat him and smashed him over the head with a shovel, police in the town of Flieden near Fulda said on Wednesday.

They made off with several thousand euros in cash from the rectory safe. A 31-year-old chaplain who was also in the rectory suffered from shock.

It was not clear whether the cash belonged to the priest himself or was church money. The robbers broke directly into the priest’s bedroom, woke him up and then assaulted him before taking the money from the safe.

They threatened the priest with a weapon and tied him up. The three men then put the money in a bag, assaulted the priest again, and fled.

“We are investigating all leads,” a police spokesman said when asked if it were possible the men had advance knowledge there was a large sum of money on the premises.

Police released no clues about the attackers, but said they were appealing to the public for information. The men wore dark clothing and black balaclavas.

The Fulda diocese in which Flieden lies was shocked by the attack. Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen described the incident as a “malicious and brutal robbery.”

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The priest had since returned home and “is doing well under the circumstances,” Algermissen said.


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16:10 December 22, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
"They made off with several thousand euros in cash from the RECTORY safe"

lol... the eternal 14-year-old in me almost begs to ask "what, did the priest carry the money in his bum??" ;-)
16:40 December 22, 2010 by Lisa Rusbridge
>>The priest was taken to hospital with serious facial injuries after the robbers beat him and smashed him over the head with a shovel,

Another beating with a shovel?!! People over in the other thread "man beats neighbour to death with snow shovel" are probably right. Shovels will become illegal, or legislated to some degree.
17:21 December 22, 2010 by hOU
Shame the old freak got slammed but really, thieving from the Catholic Church? I don't give a sh@t.
18:23 December 22, 2010 by beeker
Good thing for the Bandits that they didn't try to rob a convent. Nuns are a lot tougher.
18:33 December 22, 2010 by christmascorner
Looks like the immorality of the atheiest is showing up on the comments section today
19:13 December 22, 2010 by Dayzee
Reguardless if it were a Catholic priest or the sweet old lady from down the street who always bakes everyone cookies, violence against other people is not right.

The government should start worrying about why the people are becoming more violent and take actions to help reduce such incidents instead of focus on which politician said this about whom.....What a sad, petty, superficial world it has become that we lose sight in the (in)humanity of the subject but rather focus on the status and title of the situation.
23:54 December 22, 2010 by Lachner
Probably the German government will soon ban all fixed shovels longer than 12 centimeters in length, all drop point and spring assisted shovels and those that have a locking mechanism that can make them very dangerous weapons for society.
07:44 December 23, 2010 by delvek
2 things really suprise me from posters:

1. the ability to mock a person why suffered from violence

2. the ability to categorically define a group (priest) as sex offenders, when individually priests around the world do amazing work for people everyday that are in need.

09:04 December 23, 2010 by tallady
I agree delvek,,this thread shows how low the opinion of the Catholic church has fallen,due to the deviant behavior of some priest, as you said there are many that do a lot of good in the world,however the old adage"one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel comes to mind.
09:31 December 23, 2010 by frankiep
Some of the comments here cheering on the beating of a priest are beyond disgusting. At least it's good to know who here is sick in the head and celebrates violent criminality. So thank you at least for letting us all know who you are. Now, go crawl back into whatever hole it is you came out of.
20:43 December 23, 2010 by maxbrando
The basic problem is that folks think organized religion has too much wealth. The solution is to outlaw the manadaory tithe that keep churches living in high style. When all state-sponsored tithes stop, and it becomes completely voluntary (everyone stops contributing via a church tax), and folks give on Sunday morning if they want to, being a priest will require sacrifices and only the true believers will want to become/remain priests. And the comfortable lives of pedophiles will disappear.
01:39 December 24, 2010 by world volunteer
I'm no Cathoic, but I think it's wrong that people care less about a house of worship and a spiritual leader being disrespected like this. I wonder would it be different if it was a mosque and imam, or a temple and rabbi that was disrespected? I was just as appaled by the Catholic sex scandal as the next person. However I feel that it isn't only in the Catholic chuch, thats just all the world is focusing. Everyone embrace a non-christian religion and the world will be so much better.......
14:29 December 24, 2010 by Dlocal
*****¦quot;We are investigating all leads,¦quot; a police spokesman said..................bull. bloody S!****

--- a man was robbed ...beaten....is sad..irrespective of who he was!

but the famous police here usually sits in the CLOSED OFFICES or uses HELICOPTERS to find the bum-bandits......I guess if they would use some HEAD and stay on ground but out of their offices.... the thieves would be caught...

sad on the Christmas eve to hear about accidents which were not natural calamities...
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