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« Reply #75 on: December 04, 2008, 07:34:15 am »

                                             Vatican OK to 'controlled' mosques

                                          Call to freeze mosque building 'excessive'

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Vatican City,
December 4 - 2008

Italy's Muslims should have more mosques as long as they are controlled to make sure they are not turned to
other ends, the Vatican's ''cultural minister' said Thursday.

Speaking after two terrorist arrests in Milan sparked calls for a freeze on mosque construction, Vatican Cultural Council Chief Msgr Gianfranco Ravasi said Islamic places of worship must not become ''a different model'', such
as those that turn out to be preaching extremism.

''If (the mosque) does become something different, civil society has a right to intervene,'' Ravasi said at a conference on interreligious dialogue. Another influential bishop echoed Ravasi's call.

''We must ensure that the Muslims present in our country can cultivate their religion in an appropriate way,'' the No.2 of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), Msgr Mariano Crociata said.

Ravasi and Crociata were speaking after calls, repeated on Wednesday by rightwing government party the Northern League, to freeze the construction of mosques.

The League, which has been vocal in its criticism of immigration, claimed in the wake of two terrorist arrests in Milan that too many mosques had turned out to be preaching Islamism.

The party, whose No.2 is Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, has previously called for local referendums in areas where mosques are planned.

League members such as Simplification Minister Roberto Calderoli, known for a Danish Islam cartoon T-shirt episode, have gained headlines by leading anti-mosque protests that have brought pigs to building sites. Crociata, who is the secretary-general of CEI behind president Angelo Bagnasco, said calls to freeze mosques were ''excessive''.

In an interview with '30Giorni', a Catholic weekly edited by ex-premier Giulio Andreotti, Crociata stressed the importance of uniting Italian Muslims so that they can have a ''reference point'' with the Italian state.

For years Muslism have been struggling to unite a number of organisations into a single entity to govern relations with Italian authorities.

Such a unified body, Crociata argued, could essentially certify mosques, dismissing security concerns.

But he stressed that suggesting some parts of sharia law should be incorporated into Italian law, as the Anglican Church has in England, was not necessary for integration.

Integration should be based on shared values, he said, and Muslims should have enough mosques that they do not have to worship in the street or in other ''unsuitable'' conditions.
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