Friday, 22 December 2006

Greek monks clash over monastery

At least seven Greek monks have been injured in clashes over a disputed monastery in Mount Athos.

Fighting broke out between rebel Esphigmenou monks occupying a monastery office and a rival group of legally-recognised monks.

Police said the fight - in which fire extinguishers and crowbars were used as weapons - left seven needing treatment.

The rebel monks, who oppose closer ties between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican, have ignored orders to leave. BBC:

Well I don't suppose there is a commandment that says 'Thou shalt not brain your brother monk with a crowbar' (c:=