THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Now we shall see. The pope has just one word for the Islamic world - "reciprocity." It means that if the Islamic world wants to be taken seriously by the West, and if Muslims want Western powers to pay them the same respect they pay to Christians (which isn't much by the way), then the Muslim world must demonstrate reciprocity toward Christians. In other words, Christians must be given the same freedoms in the Muslim world that Muslims are given in the Western world. Islamic nations must allow Christians to worship in public, and practice their faith freely, with equal protection under the law. If Islamic nations will do this, then we can take them seriously. Christians can enter into a dialog with Muslims in those nations, and the West can acknowledge such nations as "civilized" and "tolerant." Now the tolerance of Qatar is on display. Will Catholic Christians be treated fairly by the government there? We shall see...
(FoxNews) - Qatar's first Christian church has no cross, no bell and no steeple.
And when 5,000 faithful flock to Our Lady of the Rosary to celebrate its historic consecration this weekend, they pray no one will notice.
Father Tom Veneracion, the parish priest, is worried about a backlash.
"The idea is to be discreet because we don't want to inflame any sensitivities," he says. "There isn't even a signboard outside the church. No signs at all."
Qatar's fledgling Catholic community considers its sprawling $15 million saucer-shaped facility a victory. A 15-minute drive into barren desert, it has been built with the blessing of the nation's emir.
But some people in this Muslim country have branded it an offense; one prominent politician has called for a national referendum to determine its fate....
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