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New York archbishop to mediate in mosque dispute

Catholic World News - August 19, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has volunteered to act as a mediator in an increasingly bitter debate over plans to build a mosque near the "Ground Zero" site of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The archbishop said that he was hoping for a compromise between advocates and opponents of the Islamic-center construction project. He alluded to the success of Pope John Paul II in forging a compromise over the presence of a Carmelite convent at Auschwitz. The late Pontiff had suggested moving the convent to a site somewhat removed from the Nazi death camp. Suggesting a similar option for New York, Archbishop Dolan said: “It worked there; might work here.”

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  • Posted by: stpetric - Aug. 19, 2010 6:08 PM ET USA

    A good start would be to find a name besides "Cordoba House", one that doesn't celebrate Moslem military conquest in Europe.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 19, 2010 2:43 PM ET USA

    The archbishop doesn't even know what's going on in his own churches (e.g., St. Francis Xavier), so what makes him think he could possibly mediate a solution concerning an Islamic center?

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