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Muscular christianity

At the risk of infringing His Grace's demarcation, this tale from the land of the Hellenes is just too good to pass on / over:

"Three rebel monks who were hospitalized overnight after allegedly being involved in a violent clash on Mount Athos in northern Greece have been banned from returning to the monastic community. A fourth monk was also told not to return....The monks who were banned yesterday were among those taken to the hospital in nearby Polygiros after a fight in which crowbars and fire extinguishers were used as weapons".

And the jaw dropper of a pay off: "Police chiefs recalled the leave of all officers in Halkidiki in order to step up the presence of security on Mount Athos due to fears of more clashes between monks".

I would hope that none of Great Britain's men or women of the cloth come to blows, but if it does, I cannot imagine the Archbishop of Canterbury is much of a pugilist.

Meanwhile, a joke: Why do Rangers fans outnumber Celtic fans? Because it is a lot easier to shout (cough) "stuff the Pope" than "Stuff the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland".
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Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:18 pm

Fighting monks, now that's entertainment.
apparently its open warfare at the holy sepulchre.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:42 pm

the archbishop is a gutless f***er at the best of times

my money's on the archbishop of york  

Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said... 11:25 pm

His Grace is more than content for evidently intelligent and erudite fellows such as yourself to comment upon such matters, especially at that time of the year when the needs of his flesh-and-blood flock must necessarily supplant those of his cyber communicants.

Yet clerics coming to blows is nothing new. And His Grace would rather be punched in the face than burned at the stake. Yet it never ceases to amaze him that the Hellenes are so utterly ignorant of the philosophical contribution they made to the Western comprehension of the New Testament, and few grasp Paul's missio dei in fusing Greek thought with Hebrew theology. Greek monks should be at the forefront of thinking in communicating the gospel in an increasingly post-Christian era.

Those who live by the fire extinguisher shall die by the fire extinguisher.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:24 am


( Too drunk)  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:32 am

N - drunk twice in 2 nights? I admire your liver capacity.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:22 am

I don't think Jesus relied on consent ,consensus and the views of community leaders when he cleared the temple of moneylenders, he just chucked the buggers out. Meek and mild ? I don't think so!  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:43 am

Crossing the Campo de' Fiori last week I paused at Bruno's statue and felt ashamed that I couldn't recall why he'd been burned at the stake; to have suffered such a terrible fate and I couldn't even remember why.

Later, I still cannot see why his perfectly commonsense view of the nature of the universe evoked such fury. Perhaps the fighting is because people just don't like having their ideas disturbed, rather than defending a rational committment to particular beliefs

Anyway, I've asked my particular Father Christmas for a nice book on cosmology - such a lovely word.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:58 am

Burnt at the stake for having 'dangerous ideas' apparently, these being:

1. Holding opinions contrary to the Catholic Faith and speaking against it and its ministers.
2. Holding erroneous opinions about the Trinity, about Christ's divinity and Incarnation.
3. Holding erroneoeus opinions about Christ.
4. Holding erroneous opinions about Transubstantiation and Mass.
5. Claiming the existence of a plurality of worlds and their eternity.
6. Believing in metempsychosis and in the transmigration of the human soul into brutes.
7. Dealing in magics and divination.
8. Denying the Virginity of Mary.

Lifted from the Usual place.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:15 pm

I'm afraid that's me on 1 to 5, particularly 5, not guilty on 6 and 7, got me on 8. A partial roasting.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:26 pm


Consider the arabic version of # 8. :-)  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:36 pm

A partial roasting.......

(raised eyebrow)  

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