Religion: Schizomaniac in Paris

Worshipers at the cathedral of Notre Dame last Easter were shocked by a young man in the robes of a Dominican monk, who stormed the pulpit and shouted "God is dead!" (TIME, April 17). Paris psychiatrists took him over from the police for examination and the current issue of the English-language literary journal, Transition, carries the psychiatrists' report. Samples of the report's psychiatric word-weaving:

"Michel Mourre suffers from psychical disturbance of the schizomaniacal (Claude) type. Pride, desire to show off his personality and to represent himself entirely in his actions . . ....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!