Indonesia: Three Catholic adolescents savagely murdered

Source: FSSPX News


On October 30, three Christian Indonesian teen-age girls were found decapitated at Poso, in the center of the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia. Benedict XVI asked Mgr. Joseph Theodorus Suwatan, Bishop of Manado, to convey “to the families of the victims and to the diocesan community his most sincere condolences”. The pope also assured them of “his fervent prayers for the return of peace among the peoples” concerned.

After these murders, Bishop Suwatan declared: “We find ourselves faced with a strategy of terror which aims at shocking the population and causing insecurity at the moment when relations between the Christian and Muslim communities have become reconciled”. The Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condemned this “sadistic” and “barbarous crime”, demanding that the forces of order do everything possible to find the assassins and preserve order in the region.

Din Syamsuddin, president of the largest Indonesian Muslim organization “Muhammadiyah” affirmed: “We strongly condemn this act and we are convinced that it has nothing to do with relations between Christians and Muslims” adding that “the authors of this triple homicide were people without God”. Abdurrahman Wahid, an ex-president respected by the Muslims, also condemned them: “These assassins are people without any scruple” he said, “no religion teaches killing one’s brothers and sisters”.