Peter Clark Posted June 17, 2007 Share Posted June 17, 2007 Opinion seems divided over the suitability of a Christian Cathedral as the venue for a new musical work celebrating the 99 Names of Allah, especially, as some have pointed out, the concept of Trinity is utterly alien to the Islamic traditon. Yet as the administrator of the Cathedral, Mgr Mark Langham, pointed out, the Christian Church has used the psalms - decidedly non-Trinitarian - in its daily worship from the very beginning. The second Vatican Council exhorts us to recognise and applaud all that is holy in those religious traditions not part of the Christian fold. My opinion is that anything which seeks to promote harmony and understanding between faiths is to be encouraged, and that the brave move of having this concert (not, as Mgr Langham pointed out, an act of worship) in the Cathedral is to be greeted enthusiatically. Music, after all, has been called the universal language. It can often succeed where words do not. My only fear is the fundamentalists - from both sides - will kick up a fuss (as at least one Catholic spokesperson did when interviewed by the BBC the week). Peter Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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