This Christmas, give you fellow priests a present they won't soon forget: a smack to the face with brooms!
That's what about some priests did while preparing Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity for Orthodox Christmas on January 7:
The outburst, broken up by baton and shield-wielding Palestinian police, came to head as the Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics, who each control a portion of the church along with Roman Catholics got into the scuffle over a ‘turf war.’ The Church of Nativity is believed to be built over the cave that marks the birthplace of Jesus.
Bethlehem police Lt-Col Khaled al-Tamimi was quoted in Reuters as saying that no one was arrested “because all those involved were men of God” while the BBC reported that the 1,700-year-old church is in bad shape because priests can’t agree on who should be footing the bill for its repair.
Yes, funny (not really) how wars are waged over what amounts to a fairy tale. Might as well go to war over "Hansel and Gretel" or "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Oh well.