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Spanish bishop: No Islamic worship at cathedral, a former mosque

June 14, 2010

Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of the southern Spanish city of Córdoba, once the seat of Muslim power in Spain, said that he will not permit Islamic worship at the city’s cathedral. The cathedral was formerly a mosque, which in turn had been built on the site of a Catholic church.

Sharing the cathedral with Muslims, Bishop Fernández González said in an interview, “is a euphemism which means: get Catholics out of here … The answer to the question about sharing the Cathedral is that no, we're not, because this place has been a Catholic church 16 centuries, while Muslims have been four and half centuries.”

“If I let in the Muslims pray in the cathedral of Cordoba, it is equivalent to Catholics saying goodbye and good night; it would be irresponsible,” he added. “There are things that are shared and others that are not, and the cathedral of Cordoba is not shared with Muslims.”


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Jun. 14, 2010 10:56 PM ET USA

    Good on you, Excellency!

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jun. 14, 2010 9:58 PM ET USA

    How about letting Christians celebrate Mass in the Hagia Sophia? Or in any mosque which now occupies space once consecrated to the worship of God as revealed by Jesus Christ.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 14, 2010 6:02 PM ET USA

    Wish our leaders thought like him. Several months ago in our cathedral we had an "interfaith" service in which an Imam sounded the call for prayer, read from the Kuran, and told us we would have peace when we are under Shiria law. I almost puked.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 14, 2010 2:29 PM ET USA

    Good for him. I don't remember enough Spanish to know what it would read in the original, but at least it translates into English in words of one syllable. Would that his brethren could manage them as well.