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El Diario Vasco - Spain | 26/02/2007

Juan José Tamayo on the Mosque of Cordoba

The Muslim community in Spain would like to see the Great Mosque of Cordoba, converted into a cathedral in 1236, converted into an ecumenical place of worship. The bishop of Cordoba, Juan José Asenjo, rejected the last request for this that was made in 2006. The Spanish theologian, Juan José Tamayo, deplores this refusal. "It must not be forgotten that Cordoba was for centuries the town most emblematic of cohabitation between three religions. Its mosque is without shadow of a doubt the main historical reference point of European Islam. Muslims lived in Spain for almost eight centuries. 781 years, to be precise. ... Is there any better meeting place than the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba, heritage of humanity and mingling place for three religious traditions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim ? And is there any better action than common prayer to express inter-religious sentiment ? Prayer is the very essence of religon and an element shared by all existing religions. Why is the Bishop of Cordoba so fiercely set on serparating what unites religions ?"

El País - Spain | 06/04/2006

Spain's Catholic Church, a fourth estate?

Stressing the need for the "seperation of the executive, legislative, and judiciary powers in order to prevent despotism", theologian and academic Juan José Tamayo says that the Catholic Church does not appear to hold with this criterion. "The Pope holds all these powers as sovereign leader of Vatican City", which now seems to have worked its way into the thinking of Spain's Catholic Church. "After joining in the democratisation of Spanish society in the transition years [after Franco], the Catholic hierarchy has performed a surprising about-face: it has trouble accepting secular society, is ill-at-ease with democracy, and feels that is persecuted and discriminated against. All of which has prompted it to seek to win back its lost power in a daily, open struggle with the three powers of the state."

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