August 20th, 2010
07:45 PM ET

N.Y. Archbishop may be part of Islamic center dialogue

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in New York, said Friday he would be honored to join the conversation around the controversial proposal to build an Islamic center near ground zero.

In a blog post, the Archbishop stressed the importance of not framing the debate as a choice between healing and religious freedom. He said both duties are good and necessary.

"While I'm hardly an expert in this area, and there are certainly far more competent voices than mine, the Archdiocese of New York would be honored to be part of any such conversations," the influential prelate wrote about the center.

"The hot-heads on either side must not dominate," he added.

Leaders of the New York Islamic center say they plan to build the $100 million, 13-story facility called Park51 - formerly known as Cordoba House - on property it already owns two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Center.

Developer Sharif El-Gamal has said the facility would include a 500-seat performing arts center, a lecture hall, a swimming pool, a gym, a culinary school, a restaurant and a prayer space for Muslims.

Some New Yorkers oppose the project, saying that an Islamic center near the site of the attack by Islamic extremists that killed more than 2,700 people is a painful affront. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released August 11 showed nationwide opposition to the proposed facility at 68 percent.

Dolan did not say where he thinks the center should be built.

"Although I have no strong sentiment about what should be decided about the eventual where of the Islamic Center, I do have strong convictions about how such a discussion should be reached: civilly and charitably," the Archbishop wrote.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Bishops • Catholic Church • Interfaith issues • Islam • New York • United States

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    Ok 🙂

    September 1, 2010 at 2:24 am |

    No i do not the Prostestants translated some languages but you were the first and yall translated it to latin and other languages. The last revision the Protestants had on the King James version was in 1911 when they took out those books of the Ap well whatever the name of the ones you have in your bible "which i do believe they belong in there".

    You keep telling me this about the
    Catechism but i'm telling you your history and it is dark.
    Oh to clear myself up the rcc didn't give the world the King James Version

    August 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      The reason I ask you to look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church is because it is what the Church is all about regardless of what happened in the past because we cannot change the past. This is about NOW and until the end of time. This book tells exactly what the Church teaches and what we accept as Truth. If you would google ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ you will see where I find the Bible exposed to me in ‘everyday language’. So if you wanted to see what is said about the Sacraments, for instance, you could google ‘Sacraments ccc’.

      I will not delete this comment page from my favorites unless I come and see you are gone for good after a few more days or so….ok, Icen?

      August 31, 2010 at 11:37 pm |


    August 29, 2010 at 11:51 am |

    you are right about when you say Satan is happy when people reject Jesus's Way. Then ask yourself for one why did your church change things? Yall translated the bible for many more people i give you that BUT yall left out some books. Yet and still changed Yeshuas color from black to white. "If you say Yeshua's wasn't black then you need to see the figures the pope prays to behind close doors. THAT SHOULD BE AN EYE OPENER FOR YOU.... YOU GAVE THE WORLD A KING'S JAMES VERSION " NOT THE WHOLE BIBLE" and Presented to alot of people Yeshua " the get don't or lay down way", as a white man with blue eyes.

    August 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
    • CatholicMom


      You have Catholics and Protestants mixed up....
      Please read the Catechism of the Catholic Church to understand what the Church teaches. Thank you....

      August 30, 2010 at 11:18 am |
    • ICEMAN

      That was my mistake not you it was the Protestants version "the king james version". ,but just for you to know i do hate the evil that church brung had on this world and i still do believe this because of all the pagan traditions they still have. BUT for you CatholicMom i love you i really do. Love is the best gift you can have and alot of people forget this. They look for all the flashy things but we should love each other as Yeshua loved us " oh their are many different spellings for his name" but this is what i'm getting from you as a person. Eventhough we debated it's something i like doing "only with someone with my best wishes in mind. So eventhough we may debate more i think you should change your name to LovingMom, :0. the reason my name is iceman is because my first name is Icen

      August 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Mr. ICEMAN, Icen,

      What a pleasant surprise! I was going about deleting what I had in my favorites and decided to first check in with you to see if you are still here. Sure enough! Now I can go to bed with a happy feeling in my heart; thank you!

      May we meet again soon! I earnestly hope we can have further discussions if not on this comment page but others. I will be looking for you….
      Best wishes for a happy life….

      August 31, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
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