Reasons emerge for attack on Brother Roger

18th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

MACON, France, Aug 18 (AFP) - A mentally disturbed Romanian woman who killed the founder of the French-based Christian ecumenical Taizé community has told investigators she simply wanted to warn her victim of an imagined plot by freemasons, a French state prosecutor said Thursday.

MACON, France, Aug 18 (AFP) - A mentally disturbed Romanian woman who killed the founder of the French-based Christian ecumenical Taizé community has told investigators she simply wanted to warn her victim of an imagined plot by freemasons, a French state prosecutor said Thursday.

Luminita Solcanu struck 90-year-old Brother Roger Schutz twice with a knife during an evening prayer service in the community's Reconciliation church in Taizé, in France's Burgundy region, prosecutor Jean-Lous Coste told a media conference.

One blow caused superficial injuries but the other sliced open the cleric's neck, he said.

Schutz's death prompted expressions of grief from French statesmen and Christian figures. Pope Pope Benedict XVI called it "a very sad piece of news".

According to an initial psychiatric evaluation, the 36-year-old woman, who was arrested immediately after the attack, suffers from "paronoia-type delusions," he said, adding that full psychological tests had been ordered.

"She's sticking with her story, which is that she did not want to kill Brother Roger. She said that if there had been a fatal blow it wasn't from her but someone else," Coste said.

According to her, "she only put the knife under his throat to make him listen to her. She thinks that he turned his head -- he made a gesture and cut himself."

Coste added that that version was "not medically possible -- the coroner is categoric. A fatal strike was given. At that moment she said: 'It wasn't me, it was someone else'."

The prosecutor said the unmarried woman was born to a doctrinaire Catholic family and that although she had a teaching degree she had only been employed in small-time jobs up to now.

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