Italy: Bishops support construction of mosques

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Bishop Mariano Crociata, secretary general of the Italian Bishops Conference (IBC) gave his support to the construction of a large mosque in Milan, which Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, had spoken in favor of.  “This is about a fundamental right to freedom of religion,” the secretary general declared in the Italian press on May 25.  “Mosques are not just places of prayer, but a point of social and cultural encounter, which responds to the needs of the Islamic community.”  Bishop Crociata considers it important, however, that activities in mosques not be contrary to the Italian Constitution and law.  This statement was made during the campaign preceding local elections on May 29-30, during which Letizia Moratti, the outgoing mayor and former Minister of Education and Teaching (2001-2006) declared that she was against the building of new mosques.

In response, Magdi Cristiano Allam, a convert to Catholicism three years ago, denounced in the May 25 issue of the daily newspaper Il Giornale the cardinal’s alliance with the Socialist candidate in the municipal elections, concerning plans for a gigantic mosque, the dome and minaret of which would loom over Milan, which is considered to be the result of the multicultural model of society.  “How can Cardinal Tettamanzi support, not discreetly but publicly, a candidate for mayor who is in favor of abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, and State-distributed drugs?  Does he realize that the message being sent is that of a Christianity which has become a desert, no longer anchored in our Judeo-Christian roots, and doomed to yield to the determination, the arrogance and the violence of the Islamists?  Cardinal Tettamanzi and the (Socialist) candidate Pisapia are children of the ideology of relativism, who chase after the dream of a multicultural city of Milan, … which was described just yesterday by Cardinal Tettamanzi in these terms:  ‘Milan is strongly urged to become once again Medio-lanum, in other words, the land of the middle, a crossroads for peoples who seek in the living God the only true answer to their questions in life.’  If Milan presents itself as a deserted territory, it is not surprising that it is seen by the Muslims as territory for conquest.”

One month earlier, in the April 24 issue of Il Giornale, Magdi Cristiano Allam recalled that “Cardinal Tettamanzi had already expressed hopes for the construction of a large mosque in Milan on September 4, 2010, with the support of Bishop Ambrogio Spreafico, president of the IBP Committee for the Evangelization of Peoples and Cooperation among Churches.”

Magdi Cristiano Allam is a journalist and an Italian member of the European Parliament.  Of Egyptian, Muslim heritage, he converted to Catholicism and was baptized by Benedict XVI on March 22, 2008.  Born in Cairo in 1952, Magdi Allam was a pupil in Italian Catholic schools in Egypt, then pursued his university studies in Italy, where he has lived since 1972.  Magdi, who is now Cristiano Allam, explained his conversion to Catholicism in a letter to the editor of the daily newspaper Corriere della Sera published on March 23, 2008.  “Yesterday evening, at the Easter vigil, I converted to the Catholic religion, thus renouncing my former Muslim faith….  I took the simplest, most explicit Christian name:  Cristiano.  Since yesterday evening, therefore, my name is Magdi Cristiano Allam….  My mind has been freed from the obscurantism of an ideology that legitimizes lying and dissimulation, as well as violent death, which leads to murder and suicide, blind submission and tyranny.  I have thus been able to belong to the genuine religion of Truth, of Life and of Freedom….  Therefore I have had to take note of the fact that, even apart from the situation characterized by the dominance of the phenomenon of extremists and Islamic terrorism at the global level, the roots of the evil are found in an Islam which is violent by nature and historically prone to conflict.”  (See French DICI no. 173 dated April 5, 2008.)

(Sources: apic/imedia/ilgiornale – DICI no. 236 dated June 11, 2011)

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