MUENSTER, Germany – MUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Police say a man attacked the Roman Catholic Bishop of Muenster with a broom handle during an Easter service in the city's cathedral.
Police said in a statement Sunday that 60-year-old bishop Felix Genn defended himself with an incense bowl and was unharmed.
A police spokesman tells the German news agency DAPD that "courageous church officials and other service attendants restrained the attacker until police arrived." After the incident, the bishop continued celebrating the Easter service.
Police say the 44-year-old man stormed through the packed church to the altar.
The man's motive was unclear but comes as Germany's Catholic Church is facing itense criticism over a widening abuse scandal.