Australian Priest Bites Off Another Priest’s Ear

During a scandalous brawl in Perth, Australia:


It’s a holy war!

An 80-year-old Catholic priest bit off another priest’s ear and socked him in the face over a parking spot in Australia, according to Perth Now.

Father Thomas Henry Byrne appeared in court Friday after he allegedly started the violent brawl when 81-year-old Father Thomas Joseph Cameron Smith wouldn’t give up his parking space. After a brief scuffle, Byrne reportedly told Smith to pick up an item on the ground.

The item was Smith’s ear, according to the Daily Mail, though it took him a while to figure out what it was.

Smith wrapped the flesh in a tea towel and drove to a local hospital, where staffed phoned him an ambulance. He was taken to surgery, while cops went to arrest Byrne on a charge of grievous bodily harm. Byrne had a black eye when he showed up in court on Friday, according to the Independent.

An East Perth magistrate ordered that Byrne not go within 30 feet of Smith, who lives in the same apartment complex.




Archbishop of Canterbury Once Told: ‘You Have No Future in the Church’

Justin Welby was once rejected for ordination. Now, as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, all hopes are pinned on him to unite the divided Anglican community.

Read the whole report in The Telegraph here.



Dr Ephraim Radner: The Book of Common Prayer

In 2006, I returned to Burundi, Africa, where I had worked for the church 20 years earlier.  They had just come out of 13 years of their own civil war, far bloodier than anything in England in the 17th century, with hundreds of thousands of persons killed.  At one point, I had a conversation with a group of Christians:  “what was the safest church to be a member of during the civil war?”, I asked them.  “The Anglican Church”, they replied.  That’s where you had the greatest chance of survival.  And why was that?  Their answers were complicated.  Still, one of the central reasons, they all agreed, was the BCP:  their literally translated Kirundi version of the 1662 English prayerbook.  “We all prayed together”, they said.  Across the country, across regions and ethnic groups and hillsides and political affiliations: we all heard the same things, received the same things, prayed the same things.  Killing each other didn’t fit the way we prayed…….

You can listen to this talk given at St James Cathedral, Toronto on this link and read the sermon notes here.