Begins as a possibly hopeful story of a church shut down, an artshow opening, and then people show up to pray. . .there, in the church. . .BUT, whoops! Muslims!
Apparently, according to a letter published in the local newspaper by the Venetian diocese, a Catholic church must never be used for any other non-Catholic religious purpose unless it has been deconsecrated, which, according to the Patriarch of Venice, Santa Maria della Misericordia has not been. “The pavilion is not and cannot be a place of worship, as the promotional material issued in recent days suggests it is,” according to the Church letter
Geez, a good thing Jesus himself didn’t show up to pray. . .to himself. . .I guess. . .because, as we ALL know. . .you can only pray when and where God’s Reps say you can. Of course.
I say, “deconsecrate” and give it to the mosque. Might be a nice “interfaith” gesture. . .you know, something KIND and GENEROUS?
Then, deconsecrate yourselves. . .whatever that means.