Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Monks brawl at Bethlehem basilica

Catholic World News - December 28, 2011

An ugly brawl broke out between Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic monks at the basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem on December 28.

Police were called in to separate the angry monks. No major injuries were reported.

Jurisdiction over the basilica--built on the site where Jesus was born--is shared by Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Roman Catholic priests, in an uneasy arrangement, in which parties jealously guard their own prerogatives. Today's clash began when one group of monks charged that another had infringed on its jurisdiction within the building.

The scuffle broke out--as such confrontations usually do--when the monks were cleaning the building, and working in areas beyond the patterns of their regular liturgical use.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,110 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,890.48
52% 48%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: TheGillerans6870 - Dec. 29, 2011 11:52 AM ET USA

    I know I shouldn't see any humor in this, but...

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 28, 2011 3:58 PM ET USA

    Don't you dare mop my floor, you infiedl!

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20