Self-immolating cleric dies
From correspondents in Berlin
November 02, 2006
A RETIRED German clergyman who set fire to himself apparently in protest over the spread of Islam, died in hospital today, a Church spokesman said.
Roland Weisselberg, 73, doused himself with petrol and set himself on fire outside a monastery in Erfurt in central Germany yesterday - a national holiday in parts of the country to celebrate the Protestant reformation.
He was taken to hospital with severe burns and died today, said Oliver Vorwald, a spokesman for the evangelical church association of the Saxony region.
Mr Vorwald said the bishop for the Erfurt region, Elfriede Begrich, was told by Weisselberg’s widow that the priest left a suicide note in which he expressed concern about the spread of Islam in Germany and the Church’s attitude towards it.
Weisselberg retired in 1989 due to ill health.
(The Australian, 02 November 06)