Pray To Allah, Dutch Bishop Suggests|
Amsterdam, Aug. 14, 2007 (CWNews.com) -
A Dutch Catholic
bishop has suggested that Christians should refer to God as
"Allah" to promote better relations with Muslims.
Bishop Martinus "Tiny" Muskens of Breda told the "Network"
television show that "God doesn't really care how we address
Pointing out that "Allah" is a term already used by
Christians who speak Arabic, Bishop Muskens said that humans
are needlessly divided over such terminology. God, the bishop
said, is above such "bickering."
The Dutch bishop admitted that his suggestion was not
likely to gain widespread acceptance. But he predicted that
within a century or two, Dutch Catholics would be addressing
prayers to "Allah."
Bishop Muskens has a history of creating occasional
controversy within the Church. He has broken with Vatican
leadership to endorse the use of condoms as a means of
preventing the spread of AIDS, and in 2006 he traveled to
Uganda to endorse the work of a group called Stop AIDS Now,
which emphasized condom distribution.
Original article: CW News
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