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

Catholic World News - August 18, 2010

In the face of a Muslim campaign, Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of the southern Spanish city of Córdoba, once the seat of Muslim power in Spain, is remaining firm in his resolve not to 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.

“Would they be happy to do the same in any of their mosques?” he asked. “Absolutely not. Because I understand their religious feeling and they have to understand ours as well.”

“We wouldn’t think of asking for the Damascus mosque, because it belongs to the Muslims and for them it is an emblematic place,” he added-- referring to the Umayyad Mosque, once the site of a Catholic church.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 18, 2010 3:29 PM ET USA

    The Muslims sure do have some chuzpah, don't they?

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