As an Episcopal priest, I am well aware of an unusual aspect of my denomination’s history: a “Fighting Bishop.” The Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, bishop of Louisiana, was a West Pointer who became a Confederate general and was killed at the battle of Pine Mountain.
Bishop Polk’s unusual case is, however, a far cry from that of Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who was arrested in Jerusalem on August 8, 1974. Archbishop Capucci, the Greek Catholic (Melchite) Vicar of Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli police after he had crossed the Lebanese border in his Mercedes. Under the seats, in the trunk, and concealed inside the door panels, the police found ten hand grenades, two revolvers, four Soviet submachine guns, and some plastic bombs.
More weapons and explosives were found in Archbishop Capucci’s residence—after which he reportedly signed a confession that he was not only a gun- and bomb-runner but chief paymaster for the Palestinian terrorist organization, Al Fatah. The extensive murder record of Fatah and other Arab terrorist organizations—for instance, the massacres of Jewish children in Kiryat Shemona and Ma’alot—suggests that the battle cry of these Palestinian terrorists is “Women and Children First!”
During the past year, Archbishop Capucci has made fifty trips from Lebanon to Israel. On each occasion his car was automatically waved through checkpoints and customs inspection. For although Israel is considered by many to be one of history’s bravest nations, its government has proved dangerously sensitive toward holy places and alleged holy men.
This was evident in an earlier case, in which a Christian clergyman actually got away with being an accessory to murder in the first degree.
On February 23, 1969, Jerusalem’s Supersol ...1