Following the Christmas Celebrations, Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church, which is built over the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.
But the ladders encroached on space controlled by Armenian priests, according to photographers who said angry words ensued and blows quickly followed.
For a quarter of an hour bearded and robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods while the photographers who had come to take pictures of the annual cleaning ceremony recorded the whole event.
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-What caused this age-old schism that still surfaces today amongst the two groups?
-Does such schisms allow for such behaviors?
-How should reconciliation be gone about (or is the doctrinal differences so wide as to negate any possibility of reconciliation)?
-Does this tarnish your view of Christianity?
-Do these two sects comprise a belief system that is accepted by the majority of Christian denominations and/or the Catholic Church?
-Does scripture speak to such issues as century's old arguments being left unresolved?