Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

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

Catholic World News - 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.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($20,988 to go):
$35,000.00 $14,011.98
60% 40%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • 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.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Difficult Decisions in the Real World 10 hours ago
The real reason why divorced/remarried German Catholics are leaving the Church 11 hours ago
An unexpected surge in confessions? August 21
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching August 21
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8