Friday, October 12, 2007
MUSLIMS WANT TO PRAY IN CATHEDRAL
Madrid, Oct 11, 2007 / 10:41 am (CNA).- During a summit on “Islamophobia” organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Arab League of Cordoba in Spain, the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, demanded Muslims be granted the right to hold religious services at the Cathedral of Cordoba.
The first day of the summit quickly became controversial when Moussa demanded that the Cathedral, which was once a Mosque, be made available for Muslim prayer.
“All churches and mosques are built for prayer and to be used for this end; I think there wouldn’t be a religious clash at all; the clash would be instead of a political nature,” Moussa said. However, he ignored questions pertaining to why Christians are not only forbidden to pray in mosques but are even prohibited from building churches in some Muslim countries.
Once Benedict prayed in a mosque, this request was inevitable. Benedict put Cordoba's Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo in a difficult position.