Monday, April 21, 2008

John 11:35?

JERUSALEM - Dozens of Greek and Armenian priests and worshippers exchanged blows at one of Christianity's holiest shrines on Orthodox Palm Sunday, and used palm fronds to pummel police who tried to break up the brawl. The fight came amid growing rivalry over religious rights at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site in Jerusalem where tradition says Jesus was buried and resurrected.

It erupted when Armenian clergy kicked out a Greek priest from their midst, pushed him to the ground and kicked him, according to witnesses.

When police intervened, some worshippers hit them with the palm fronds they were holding for the religious holiday. The Eastern Orthodox churches, including the Armenians and Greek Orthodox, follow a different calendar from Western Christians and celebrate Easter next Sunday.

Wow. As always, I am not making any of this up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful WITNESS these Orthodox Catholics are making to the world of what it means to be a
"servant of Christ" ! ! ! Shame on them! To treat their brothers in Christ in such a manner is NOT Christian! It reminds one of the Satanic followers of Islam, not how members of The Body of Christ should behave toward each other.

Time to re-evaluate the totality of the Christian presence in The Holy Land ! ! !