Diocese 'appalled' by Quran-burning plans - Catholic Courier

Diocese ‘appalled’ by Quran-burning plans

According to a Sept. 9 statement from the Diocese of Rochester, Bishop Matthew H. Clark and the people of the diocese "are expressing their strongest objections" to a Florida evangelical church’s plan to publicly burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of Islamic extremists’ terror attacks on the U.S.

The statement called the planned burning of Islam’s sacred book "appalling." The burning also has been condemned by Pope Benedict XVI and religious and political leaders across the U.S. and the globe.

"We hold out our hands and hearts to Muslims in our community and throughout the world in what is for all an unbearable time of discord and disharmony," the diocesan statement said, noting hateful rhetoric against Muslims.

Diocesan officials said they reject any act or use of language that aims to hurt, stereotype or condemn people because of their religious beliefs.

"We believe that all people on this earth are sisters and brothers who are inextricably linked — created by a loving and benevolent God who desires a world of harmony, compassion and peace," the statement said.

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