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Spanish bishop apologizes for Hindu ritual in Catholic church

August 29, 2017

Bishop Rafael Zorzona Boy of Cadiz y Ceuta has issued an apology to local Catholics for an incident in which a Hindu procession honoring the god Ganesh was welcomed into a Catholic church.

The procession took place in Ceuta, a Spanish territory on the northern coast of Africa near Gibraltar. Local Hindus entered the church of Our Lady of Africa, carrying an elephant-shaped image of Ganesh, and were greeted by the vicar general of the diocese, Father Juan José Mateos Castro.

The bishop remarked that the event was “regrettable,” because although it was proper to show friendship for Hindu neighbors, the decision to allow a Hindu god to be honored in a Catholic church could cause “pain, confusion, or scandal in the Christian community.”


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  • Posted by: keelergmom2722 - Sep. 06, 2017 9:18 AM ET USA

    While everyone appreciates an apology when they have been offended it seems to me that the principle One offended in this incident is God. Am I wrong minded? What an offense against the One True God! Perhaps it is not in sink with modern thought to think about our loving Lord being offended but I believe it is deeply offensive to God to have a pagan god (devils) honored in His temple.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Aug. 30, 2017 10:36 AM ET USA

    How did poor old Ganesh fare at the local mosque?