Rorate Caeli

The Cathedral of Cordoba will not be shared with Muslims

The Cathedral of Cordoba, once the Great Mosque of Cordoba

From barcelonareporter.com

The Bishop of Cordoba says that they will not share the cathedral, a former mosque, with Muslims.

The Bishop of Cordoba, Demetrio Fernandez, said today that "sharing" the Cathedral of Cordoba and former mosque that some Muslim groups want, "is a euphemism which means: get Catholics out of here". Faced with this and in an interview with Europa Press, Fernandez wanted to make clear that, "therefore, 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".

Consequently, the Catholic Church, which is the holder of the temple through the Cathedral Chapter of Córdoba, has "a good relationship with Muslims" and want to collaborate with those who profess Islam in constant search of "peace, justice and coexistence between peoples, but that is one thing and another, very different, you want to share the same temple for worship, which is not possible, either by Muslims or by Catholics".

Therefore, Christians, "which are those using the cathedral, have said they will not go unless they kick us out, because there has been 16 centuries of Christian worship in this place". In this regard, the bishop of Cordoba said "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".

Thus, in the argument for not sharing the use of the Cathedral of Cordoba in response to a fundamentalist position, Fernandez said that "there are things that are shared and others that are not, and the Cathedral of Cordoba is not shared with Muslims".

Meanwhile, Barcelona is poised to become the first major city in Spain to ban the Burqa in all public spaces

H/t Ad Orientem

14 comments:

Jack said...

Will the Mahometans in Turkey let Christian worship resume in Hagia Sophia?

Anonymous said...

I think that we should all wear the burqa in public to ridicule the Muslims. Men, in particular should wear them to hide a five o'clock shadow. We could also dress up our children as infidels in burqas for Halllowe'en. The children could go up to each house for their trick or treat and threaten the residents by warning of a hidden bomb under all the clothing. Gimmie some candy or, boom!

Frankly, the outfit with just the slit for the eyes would be perfect for bank robbers.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how much support the good bishop receives from the Vatican on this one....

Godfrey of Bouillon said...

Interesting news from Cordoba, and even more interesting from Barcelona.
Still, in these matters the effectiveness of the enforcement is absolutely crucial so I'll wait before I intone the Te Deum...

Anonymous said...

What an excellent Bishop with very clear, sound thinking. God bless him!

Hestor said...

Ah good newd for a change!

Athelstane said...

Will the Mahometans in Turkey let Christian worship resume in Hagia Sophia?

Jack asked the first question that came to my mind as well. (Answer: fat chance)

Mr. Ortiz said...

Off topic...what do people think about this protest a few weeks ago...Gonzaga HS had Sr. Keehan speak?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FlWPL_3JJM

Janet Baker said...

Some of us seem to persist in thinking this is about Muslims. It's about Vatican II's teaching on ecumenism, and the Vatican will most certainly not back up this bishop--not at present, and not in future, until the substantial number of 'indult' traditionalists come to understand that doctrinal issues are just as important as the liturgy. We presently officially share churches with Muslims and protestants (Mexico City to name just one recently built, with donations from Mexico's Catholics, to hold 'joint worship,' not just shared facilities)and make a point of inviting those of other faiths to speak from the pulpit throughout the Catholic world. Didn't SSPX just publicly demonstrate against a rabbi speaking in Notre Dame and endure the shame of being called anti-semitic, when it is no different from this situation and when their point was no less valid? All the enemies of the Church wish to see us erased--not just Muslims. We cooperate with most of them now, and there have been branches of the Catholic world that have done so since the Reformation (cf the Appellants party in England), but it has of course accelerated since Vatican II. When we celebrate stripping the burqa from a few Muslim women instead of the return to our own doctrinal tradition, we simply help those who would open the muslim world to secular atheism by all means necessary.

Anonymous said...

Fat chance is right regarding Muslims allowing Christian worship in the Hagia! Maybe the Bishop should encourage a ban on the minaret in Spain, following the great example in Switzerland.

Anonymous said...

To Janet Baker; Wonderfully put. Dogmas come first, not liturgies. If the defined dogma of the faith, EENS, had not been suppressed, the revolutionaries of all stripes could not have gained a foothold. People will pray as they believe and believe as they pray, so, praying at an obviously protestantized liturgy will surely lead to protestantized beliefs. It took roughly 100 years to rob the English people of their faith and the first things were a change to the prayers and liturgy. We are in year 45 of the world-wide attempt to destroy the True Faith. Mary, help us!

Anonymous said...

If Muslims allow Christians to visit (not worship, mind you) in Mecca, then they can offered spaces in Christian cathedrals.

Anonymous said...

PKTP
Is mockery a Christian virtue? Is ridiculing others, particularly enemies of the Faith, a right way to go?
Even as a joke, a bad joke from a Christian (if your words were just a joke), the intention and the message has a very negative connotation.
I understand that many Christians are upset, even terrified, from the growth of Islam and the spread of Muslims.
Instead, Christians are to double virtue, charity, and faith. Not revenge or mockery.
May Allah guide us all. By the way, I say "Allah" as an arab, that FYI means "God".
I hope this message is published, forgive me anything that could offend someone.

Anonymous said...

Alleluia, a bishop with guts. So happy to read this. As soon as Muslims let us build churches in Mecca and other muslim lands, then maybe we'll talk "sharing" with them. All they want to do is re-take southern Spain; in their minds they still own it. Don't back down good bishop.