In an interview with Le Figaro, Rémi Brague, the French Catholic philosopher, reflected on the murder of Fr. Olivier Maire, the priest who was killed by a Rwandan immigrant. What he had to say addresses what it means to be a Christian.
On the face of it, the priest’s murder appears avoidable — that is the assumption made by Brague’s interviewer and perhaps held by most people. The suspect was a known arsonist who had confessed to setting the Nantes Cathedral on fire last July. In spite of this, Fr. Maire had hosted him in his Montfortian community for the last year.