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Priest brawl in Bethlehem – An historical symbol

January 7, 2012
Dr. James F. Drane , The Times Observer

Priests in a public brawl inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem captured broad public attention. Photos of priests, dressed in cassocks, hitting one another with sticks and brooms, and throwing stones at one another, have appeared in newspapers around the world. This image of priests fighting inside a church is a symbol, a picture that captures centuries of religious misunderstanding and scandalous ways of handling religious differences. Religious differences continue to fuel similar hostilities throughout the world. In the face of this scandalous reality, decent religious persons have to pause and ask: are there not better ways of relating to one another and handling religious differences?



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