[Priest's suicide leaves questions (Statement against Islam?)]
The church was full so he did it outside, just after Communion. Had a can of gasoline under his coat, drenched himself and went alight. The janitor saw a flash and yelled for help. The flaming man stumbled to the ground as worshippers rushed past and a nun knelt beside him, praying and touching a sliver of his unburned skin.
Someone said he whispered: "Is Jesus here?"
The Rev. Roland Weisselberg died the next day. His widow said the 73-year-old retired Lutheran priest committed suicide to protest Islam's growing influence on a Christian continent that had lost its faith. That's all the bloggers and neo-Nazis needed. Screeds whirled and a troubled man was turned into a martyr, candles lit in his honor, flowers dropped on the place he fell.
Roland Weisselberg, Chron.com 25 Comments
[12/30/2006 12:00:00 AM]
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