Friday, December 29, 2006

Bishop Rejects Muslims' "Right" to Pray in Cathedral

The Roman Catholic bishop of Cordoba in southern Spain has rejected an appeal from Muslims for the right to pray in the city's cathedral, a former mosque.

Juan Jose Asenjo rejected the request made by Spain's Islamic Board in a letter to the Pope.

It had asked that the cathedral become an ecumenical temple where believers from all faiths could worship.

The bishop said such a move would not contribute to the peaceful co-existence between people of different religions.

- BBC News, 28 December 2006, 12:50 GMT

So - the Muslims want the "right to pray" in a Christian cathedral and turn it into an "ecumenical temple" at the same time?

Let's get things right - these people are Muslims, right? The very same sort of people who held mass protests and threatened violence should Pope Benedict make the sign of the cross when he visited the Hagia Sophia, once a church, but currently a MUSEUM.

If they want the right to pray in the religious edifices of other faiths, then they should start by allowing Christians to pray in Hagia Sophia, which, I might add, is no longer a mosque.

Kudos to the good bishop for standing up to this utterly ridiculous request.


Blogger Karen said...

This is indeed utterly ridiculous, but typical of the Islamic "we can bully and persecute you, but you should bend over and grab your ankles for us" double standard.

I'm gratified that the bishops said no.

Fri Dec 29, 06:01:00 am 2006  
Blogger Eric John said...

The Cathedral of Cordoba did not begin life as a mosque. There was a Christian Cathedral there before the Mohammedan conquest of Visigothic Spain. It was St. Hosius of Cordoba's cathedra.

Now, if Christians were to, say, conquer Mecca and turn the mosque there into a Christian church, the Mohammedans may be justified. (Albeit, it would be better to raze the mosque rather than use it for a church.)

Sat Dec 30, 05:26:00 am 2006  
Anonymous Very Rev. Fr. Gregori said...

Amen, and God Bless all those who have the courage, both physical and spritiual to stand up to the Muslims.

Mon Jan 08, 10:34:00 am 2007  

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