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Thomas Byrne, Catholic Priest, Allegedly Bites Fellow Priest Thomas Smith's Ear Off

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 11/11/12 EST Updated: 11/12/12 EST

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.