Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Love thy neighbour

Isn't that the 11th commandment? Now I thought the message of Christianity was all peaces and love and turning the other cheek.

Yeah right. From the Guardian comes a piece telling of a punch up in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, supposedly the site of Golgotha, the site of the Crucifixion

The punch-up erupted during a procession to mark the discovery in 327 by Helena, mother of Constantine, of the True Cross.

A Greek Orthodox cleric said Franciscans had left open their chapel door in what was taken as disrespect. Priests and worshippers hit one another at the doorway dividing Orthodox and Franciscans, said a police spokesman.

Arrests were made but nobody was seriously hurt.

"This is supposed to be a festive time," said Pandelemos, an Orthodox cleric afterward at the site of the tomb.

"We are all Christians, and there is nothing to fight about," said David Khoury, a Franciscan.

The row was the latest in a series of disputes at the church, where six Christian denominations guard rights laid down in an Ottoman law of 1757 to separate parts of the Romanesque building, built by Crusaders in 1149 on the earlier Byzantine basilica.

Two years ago, Ethiopian and Copt monks threw stones at each other over rights to the church roof.

It sounds like a scene out of Monty Python's Life of Brian

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