Police have categorically rejected the Pope’s and Italian bishops’ claim that the Muslim illegal immigrant who murdered an Italian priest had ‘mental problems.’
Church Militant “The priest died like a dog, that was right,” Tunisian citizen Mahmoudi Ridha said Tuesday morning after he repeatedly stabbed 51-year-old Fr. Roberto Malgesini in Piazza San Rocco in the center of Como in northern Italy.
No “certified psychological problems” were detected from the tests carried out Tuesday and the assailant had no history of mental illness, police clarified, after the diocese of Como, the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Caritas, and Italy’s mainstream media unanimously diagnosed the killer as “mentally ill.”
Como’s Squadra Volante (Flying Squad) police and defense lawyer, Davide Giudici, also confirmedthat the 53-year-old illegal, a recipient of Fr. Malgesini’s generosity, had displayed no regret for his action.
Italian author Francesco Giubilei told Church Militant that Ridha “is doubly responsible for what he’s done: Not only did he kill an innocent human being, but one that was helping him and, what’s more, a priest.”
Hours after the murder, outspoken pro-life Catholic doctor Silvana De Mari addressed shocked Italians, slamming Pope Francis’ “exhortation to build bridges, not walls” as “absolute idiocy” and not endorsed by any sacred text.
“If a European kills a non-European he’s a murderous pig, a Nazi and above all, always responsible for his actions. If the opposite happens, he’s just a bit touched in the head,” Dr. De Mari observed.
Ridha, who had purchased a large kitchen knife three months ago and carried it with him, attacked the priest of the pastoral community of Beato Scalabrini shortly after 7 a.m. and stabbed him multiple times, killing him with a stab wound to the neck.
The priest’s murder is triggering a renewed debate about migration from Muslim countries into Italy. Tunisians are now the most common nationality of illegal immigrants arriving in Italy and constitute over one-third of the 5,966 who made it to Italian shores in 2020.
In August, Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese asked Tunisia to stop the “uncontrolled flow” of migrants, stressing that it was creating serious issues for Italy’s health system.
Violence against the tiny Christian population in Tunisia has risen dramatically, causing the country to rise three places on the Open Doors World Watch List, from number 37 in 2019 to number 34 in 2020.
The illegal alien Muslim invader who murdered a pro-Muslim migration Italian priest may have been associated with mosques or groups linked to radical Islam.
Church Militant The autopsy report revealed that 53-year-old Tunisian Muslim Mahmoudi Ridha had attempted to behead the priest. “Mahmoudi Ridha wanted to cut off his head. The large wound in the neck in particular would suggest an attempt to cut off his head, which was not completed,” the report stated.
Anatomopathologist Dr. Giovanni Scola concluded that the large wound in the neck appeared “to suggest an attempt at decapitation not completed due to the desire to resect the bony plane of the spine.”
A noted Sharia scholar told Church Militant that the deliberate attempt to decapitate the infidel was typical of Islamic-styled executions as prescribed in the Qur’an: “So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them” (47:4).
The priest died like a dog, that was right,” Ridha said.
The Sharia scholar also pointed out that this term of abuse – “died like a dog – was not insignificant. Infidels are called “dogs” and the Qur’anic verse 7:176 says of the unbeliever: “So his example is like that of the dog: If you chase him, he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants. That is the example of the people who denied our signs.”
Pope Francis, however, insisted that the killer was “a person in need” and “a person sick in the head,” using the unusual phrase “malata di testa” to refer to Ridha’s alleged mental illness.
An Italian linguist explained to Church Militant that the phrase was a malapropism and one would not use such an expression in correct Italian. “‘Mal di testa’ refers to a ‘headache.’ When we want to say someone is ‘mentally ill’ we say ‘malata di mente.'”
“I am not sure if Pope Francis is being deliberately ambiguous or speaking poor Italian as he often does,” the linguist noted. “Of course, he wouldn’t like his pro-migrant, pro-Muslim narrative to be disrupted if the assassin were found to have jihadi motives.”
Despite police reports categorically stating that the assailant had never suffered “certified psychological problems” and had no history of mental illness, Italian bishops, Caritas and the mainstream media unanimously diagnosed the killer as “mentally ill,” Church Militant reported.