As I’ve often said in the past, Islam may be the largest source of lethal cultural enrichment in the West, but it’s hardly the only one.
Earlier today a Catholic priest was murdered in St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre in the Vendée region of France. The confessed murderer is a Rwandan immigrant named Emmanuel Abayisenga, who was prosecuted last year for setting fire to Nantes Cathedral. After his release Mr. Abayisenga was kindly taken in by the Missionary Brothers of Montfortain, of which order the murdered priest was a member. As it happens, the murderer met with Pope Francis back in 2016.
Murder of a priest in Vendée: What we know
August 9, 2021
A priest was killed Monday in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, in the Vendée, by the man he had taken in. This Rwandan, age 40, had already been prosecuted for the fire of the Nantes cathedral a year ago. An investigation into “voluntary homicide” has been opened.
Father Olivier Maire was killed at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvres, in the northeast part of the Vendée Department. A man surrendered himself Monday morning at 9:15 to the Gendarmerie of a neighboring municipality to confess to the murder, then was placed in custody. This 40-year-old had already been known to the police, implicated in the fire at the Nantes cathedral in July 2020.
A judicial investigation into “voluntary homicide” has been opened and assigned to the Investigative Brigade at La Roche-sur-Yon and the Investigative Section of Nantes. The terrorism route has been ruled out, for now, the Assistant Prosecutor of La Roche-sur-Yon, Yannick Le Goater, stated during a news conference.
Priest “victim of his generosity”
The police discovered the body of the victim in a room of the premises of the community of the Missionary Brothers of Montfortain, a congregation present in about 30 countries, oriented towards charity and hospitality. The modus operandi of the crime and the exact time of the crime are not yet known. According to a police source of the Agence France Presse, the priest died after receiving blows, but the autopsy will determine the causes of death.
Born in Rwanda in 1981, this 40-year-old man had already been prosecuted for the fire in the Nantes Cathedral a year ago. After his court appearance in July 2020, he had spent several months in provisional detention before being freed last May 31. He had been placed under strict judicial control awaiting his trial with the requirement of reporting in two times a week and the obligation of respecting the place of his residence within the congregation.
The man was released on July 29 from the Georges Mazurelle Hospital in La Roche-sur-Yon, after having been placed under psychiatric care for a month. On June 20, Father Olivier Maire had, in effect, notified the authorities because his murderer wanted to leave the congregation.
|00:00||We have just learned that the body of a priest was discovered|
|00:04||this morning in St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre, a town about 20 kilometers south of Cholet.|
|00:09||Hello Sandra Buisson, you are our justice specialist.|
|00:13||[Interior Minister] Gérald Darmanin went to the site at the end of the day|
|00:17||and expressed his support for the Catholics of France. —What is the latest information, Sandra?|
|00:20||What happened this morning|
|00:23||is that a man, a Rwandan national, went to the gendarmerie in Mortagne-sur-Sèvre|
|00:29||saying that he had killed a priest. The gendarmes went to the place indicated|
|00:35||by the individual and they actually found the body of a religious man in his sixties.|
|00:41||It was in St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre and on the premises of a religious community.|
|00:46||It is not yet known when the murder took place. The suspect was taken into custody.|
|00:51||A particularity in this case is that this man is also under investigation for|
|00:56||burning the Cathedral of Nantes, which took place in July 2020.|
|01:02||This man had been housed by this religious community where the murder took place|
|01:07||since his release from pre-trial detention last June. He had asked the community|
|01:12||to take him in, and he had been placed under judicial supervision since that date.|
|01:17||For the moment, terrorism seems to have been ruled out, but there’s|
|01:21||no further information on the motivations of this individual.
Hat tip for the Breitbart article: Reader from Chicago.