After they were rebuffed by the Vatican. Will UNESCO give the Muslims in Spain what they want? They’re more likely to do so than the Vatican. In any case, there are innumerable churches all over the Islamic world that have been turned into mosques, and we never hear about them. No one is agitating in Constantinople for the Hagia Sophia to be opened again for public Christian prayer, or in Damascus for the Umayyad Mosque, built atop a demolished church dedicated to St. John the Baptist, to be opened to Christians. Now, why is that?
“Islam: Appeal To UNESCO For Shared Use Of Cordoba Mosque,” from ANSAmed (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – MADRID, FEBRUARY 6 – The Islamic council does not give up its claim to use the cathedral mosque of Cordoba for Muslim prayer and appeals to UNESCO to pronounce on the use of the temple which is part of the heritage of humanity. The president of the Islamic council, Mansur Escudero, in statements published by the media called for intervention on the part of the UN organisation. “Since the cathedral is part of the heritage of humanity, UNESCO should pronounce or present a report, the way it has done with other monuments,” Escudero said. According to the Islamic council leader, the shared use of the cathedral in Cordoba for Catholic and Muslim rite “will play an important role in the alliance of civilisations” because “temples should be open to all believers, Muslim, Catholic and all other religions”. For more than 20 years the Islamic council has claimed the shared use of the mosque-cathedral and, in 2004, it filed a formal proposal with the Holy See. The archbishop of Cordoba has always refused to open the doors of the temple to Muslim prayer.(ANSAmed).
“Temples should be open to all believers…” Fine. Let’s see the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom celebrated in the Hagia Sophia.