Taking it to the street

Over at Catholic Vote I saw this photo of a Greek Orthodox priest trying to stop a protester from throwing a Molotov cocktail.

Impressive.  I wonder if I would launch myself in like that.

BTW… I might have a chance to find out if things in the USA keep going the way they are going.

For more about the USA following in the steps of Greece, see Mark Steyn’s brilliant After America: Get Ready for Armageddon.

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  1. Tom in NY says:

    Κυδος πρεσβυτερω

    Salutationes omnibus.

  2. Kerry says:

    Until you said otherwise, I was certain that ‘was’ you in the photo. Heh.
    I would stand next to you.

  3. Stu says:

    I love seeing priests in action like that.

    God bless him.

  4. Traductora says:

    Great photo! Sometimes I think we’ll pull ourselves back from the brink, but Mark Steyn may unfortunately be right about the lateness of the hour.

  5. Eric says:

    Wait.. a.. second…

    That’s not a Greek Orthodox priest.

    That’s Fidel Castro!

  6. APX says:

    With the police in full riot gear backing you up like in the picture? I could see it, but maybe I’ve been watching too much M*A*S*H again.

  7. Tom says:

    A whole SWAT team in uniform couldn’t stop what one priest in uniform stopped.

  8. JP Borberg says:

    I like images like this. They show a noble sentiment that is a virile aspect proper to true Christianity, and it shows it in a way that even non-Christians can appreciate.

    Other images I like along the same lines are here and here, provided I got the anchors right.

    I’ve shared those images with lots of friends, and intend to share this new one a well. They can be very powerful apostolic tools.

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Wonderful, and I just sent it to many friends.

  10. albizzi says:

    We don’t know how deep is God’s Mercy: I hope Mr Molotov isn’t currently tasting the fires of billions of his infamous “cocktail” in Hell.
    That terrorist weapon is truly devilish.

  11. JP Borberg says:

    From Wikipedia:

    During the Winter War, the Soviet air force made extensive use of incendiaries and cluster bombs against Finnish troops and fortifications. When Soviet People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov claimed in radio broadcasts that they were not bombing, but rather delivering food to the starving Finns, the Finns started to call the air bombs Molotov bread baskets.[7] Soon they responded by attacking advancing tanks with “Molotov cocktails” which were “a drink to go with the food”. At first, the term was used to describe only the burning mixture itself, but in practical use the term was soon applied to the combination of both the bottle and its contents. This Finnish use of the hand- or sling-thrown explosive against Soviet tanks was repeated in the subsequent Continuation War between the two countries.[1]

    Big ups to the Finns for being ironic about something so horrible.

  12. Random Friar says:

    Dear brother priests: Estote viri!
    (See: picture above)

  13. irishgirl says:

    Whoa-that priest was pretty brave to step in like that! Bravo to him!
    I echo Kerry’s thought-I’d stand next to you too, Father Z!

  14. benedetta says:

    The face of anarchy is ugly (meaning, lacking in God’s created and infinite beauty). The bullying of militant secularism and relativism leads to this and not to even idealism detached from spiritually informed morality. The Greek Orthodox priest in the photo is extremely brave and I concur that anarchy and totalitarianism is never going to be the human or humane way to proceed, no matter what. Shocking after all that has happened even in recent memory that we appear to still not comprehend. I pray for those caught up in the vicious entanglement of this spirit daily, first out of necessity, now out of will and as an act of faith, hope and love. It does not desire the good for anyone, no matter its enticements, causes, arguments, appearances, lies. Anyone convinced of the means such a soul-less, degrading, violent, angry and dehumanizing system offers as a way to improve their lot is completely delusional and possibly sociopathic despite whatever the “social” or “networking” or even “organizing” or cause related deceptions. Anyone who believes this spirit in different forms is not already operative and is not being actively pursued by some where they are is similarly in a delusion. The only hope is the transformative hope of the cross and the salvation to which it leads.

  15. Oleksander says:

    he is just venting his frustration of the potential of him losing his paycheck

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