Bishop says "No."
Bishop of Córdoba rejects Islamic prayer in the city Mosque
By h.b. | Thu,
The Bishop of Córdoba has rejected the request from the Islamic community to allow Islamic prayer in the city’s famous Mosque-Cathedral.
Monseñor Asenjo said the measure would ‘generate confusion’ and lead to ‘religious indifference’. The Bishop went on to say the Christian roots in Córdoba deserve to be respected, and under these, the Catholics can live in peace with the believers of other faiths.
He said that the Bishopric had valid judicial documents which meant the building can be used exclusively by the Catholic Church.
The Córdoba Diocese however wants to maintain the relations of respect and value it has with the Muslims.
The Junta Islámica de España made a formal request on December 24 to the
The President of the Junta Islámica de España, Mansur Escudero, today organised an Islamic pray in at the doors of the Córdoba Mosque to protest at the rejection by the Bishop of Córdoba of his suggestion of joint prayer inside.
‘This prayer is to show that we do not demand the ownership of the temple or a shared liturgy, only that we have the sincere wish that centre could become an ecumenical centre where all believers could pray’.