KATH.NET - Katholischer Nachrichtendienst
A Tyrolean monk hoarded weapons for years in the Monastery of Wilten- now the whistle has been blown on the whole thing, there is a police report and the brother himself is relieved and says: "I am now happy and relieved that finally all the old stuff from the flea market has gone"
The Monastery responded on Wednesday to the media reports about a brother, who apparently has hoarded weapons within the enclosure and then published a clarification. They said that in the course of necessary building alterations on Monday, 27 April 2009 the collection of weapons assembled over the years were discovered in the room of a monk. "We have responded to this immediately and without delay informed the National Security Directorate. On the same day at our request, the goods were registered and secured. Our brother who deeply regrets the whole thing has of today's date withdrawn from his service as chaplain and religious studies teacher until the results of a civil law process are known. He asserts credibly that the weapons have never been used and further asserts that he has been striving for twenty years to try to get rid of "this collection”.
The monk was keeping safely according to media reports, 43 pistols, 12 rifles and ammunition. A Kalashnikov (machine gun) is in the collection. "I am now happy and relieved that the old stuff from the flea market has finally gone. I have not touched the stuff for 20 years and had almost forgotten about it," said the priest in conversation with the "Tiroler Tageszeitung".