View Full Version : BIZARRO!: Colombian priests hire hitmen...

Feb 15th, 2012, 05:33 PM
...to help them commit suicide. :eek:

One of the most bizarre stories I've read to date.

The article title was honestly worded THAT badly (below).

Colombian priests hire hitmen to kill themselves
Priests Rafael Reatiga (left) and Richard Piffano were gunned down a year ago in Bogota.

By The Associated Press

Hours after he asked his parishioners to pray for him, Rev. Rafael Reatiga was found shot to death in a car in Bogota with another Roman Catholic priest.

The Associated Press reported that police initially suspected that Reatiga and Rev. Richard Piffano, 37, were victims of robbery. But now, three weeks after their bodies were found, Colombian prosecutors say the two Catholic priests hired hitmen to kill them when at least one of them was diagnosed with AIDS.

Prosecutors located the alleged hitmen based on phone numbers the priests had called from their cell phones days before their deaths.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that the priests paid about $8,500 for the hit. They had originally planned to commit suicide by throwing themselves into a canyon but couldn’t bring themselves to jump. Medical tests showed that Reatiga, 36, had AIDS.

He also had syphilis and had been seen visiting places frequented by gay men in Bogota, according to the AP.

Two of the four assassins have been arrested, the AP reported. They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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The commentary and replies posted after the article are priceless.
It's primarily a atheists vs believers smorgasbord.
Very interesting viewpoints though.

Feb 15th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Now that's some seriously fucked up shit.

Feb 15th, 2012, 05:43 PM
:confused: anything can happen these days

Feb 15th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Unbelievable story. So worried about their reputations (probably because they were disgraced by their homosexuality), that they cared about them even when they wouldn't be alive.

Or maybe they were ashamed of suicide, so they paid other people to kill them? It's still astonishing.

Feb 15th, 2012, 06:22 PM
It's sad that in today's modern society sexual orientation would be such a traumatic issue ... in religion and in the secular community.
But to commit suicide because of it is madness.
To be driven to believe that your life has no value because you may not be, or, aren't accepted by others, isn't a sign of an intelligent civilization, IMHO.
It would be great if the Catholic faith (in this instance) truly understood embraced their own religious teachings (as written in their own Bible).
I don't ever recall a passage vilifying homosexuality, or sexual lifestyle(s) for that matter when I read the christian Bible. Maybe I somehow missed that parable.