CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- A plan to allow for the reading of the Quran from the pulpit during a Mass at St. Peter Church in Charlotte June 26 has been canceled, with an interfaith dialogue planned for October instead.
St. Peter Parish had agreed to take part in an event called Faith Shared, in which priests, rabbis and Muslim scholars are scheduled to read sacred texts in each other's houses of worship. The event is a project of two groups, the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First.
In announcing the cancellation June 7, Jesuit Father Patrick Earl, pastor of St. Peter, noted that a 2004 Vatican document, "Redemptionis Sacramentum" ("The Sacrament of Redemption") expressly forbids the reading of texts from other religions during the celebration of Mass.
Father Earl was not aware of the Vatican prohibition when he agreed to host the event. (More)