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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Spain: Muslims protest Bishop's petition not to call Cordoba's Cathedral as a "Mosque"

They say "Muslims defend Spanish and European values".
The Bishop of Cordoba, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez, wrote this weekend's edition of ABC Córdoba, that Córdoba Cathedral has been a Catholic house of worship for eight centuries, "declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is open only the Catholic faith.
The prelate also noted that "the Catholic community of Cordova has been involved in its maintenance" and "celebrates every day the mysteries of the Christian faith" in it:
"When the Muslims arrived in Cordoba in 711, the place was already a sacred place. It was the ancient Basilica of San Vicente Martyr, which was destroyed to build the mosque.
King Fernando III the Saint came out of blood in the city on June 28, 1236 and ordered to consecrate the temple which was built as a mosque, and was saved from destruction by the good King Fernando negotiations with the occupying Muslims, who wanted to destroy it before surrendering. "
Therefore, Bishop Fernandez believes that the term "mosque" in the signs to the city are wrong. The bishop of the city claims to be called to the scene as it is 800 years: the Cathedral of Cordoba
"There is no problem recognizing the Muslim caliphs of Córdoba spent large quantities of money to build this temple for God, which is the jewel in the city of Cordoba. But just calling it a Mosque plants at least confusion, in some cases intentionally. We must all join force to call a spade a spade".
Islamic Board has called this proposal "inappropriate". Mohamed Escudero, coordinator of the Information Center of the Islamic Board, said that "it is a closed stance and contrary to what the dialogue with Islam and that affects the image Cordoba as a place of exchange and dialogue:
"The position of the Cathedral Chapter has always been reluctant to dialogue, especially with Muslims, and the Catholic Church has always tried to preserve the Mosque-Cathedral as a strictly Catholic, without linking it to Islam and its relationship to the past. They have tried at all times, to break the relationship of the temple with the history of al-Andalus. The position of the Cabildo and the Church is reactionary to Islam. Spanish Muslims defend the values of democracy and other Spanish and European values. "

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