Friday, December 28, 2007
Priests Duke it Out in Bethlehem, Yes, THAT Bethlehem
Who doesn't get a little cranky after all the stress surrounding Christmas? Apparently, priests are as human as the rest of us. Let's take an example. You need to wash your windows on your house, and need to place a ladder which needs to rest in your neighbors yard. Now, imagine your neighbor starts yelling at you, you get down, and start throwing punches, using brooms and iron rods as weapons in your little brawl.
Change yourself to a Greek Orthodox priest, your neighbor to an Armenian priest, and your house to a church which sits over the place where they guess Jesus to have been born. Oh, now it makes more sense. Seven people were injured over this silly brawl over a ladder which was encroaching on the space reserved in the church for the Armenians.
This isn't the first time a ladder has caused trouble between priests. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in Jerusalem’s Old City, still has a ladder standing after a fight broke out over a trespassing ladder when a priest was repairing a wall. The ladder was left as a reminder to others that disputes should be resolved in a more Christian fashion.