Swedish Bishop Wants to Remove Crosses to Make Church More Inviting to Muslims
The bishop wants to make her church more inviting to visitors.
Bishop Eva Brune has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions.
The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and move Christian symbols, as is already done in common prayer rooms at airports and in some hospital chapel.
“Leasing a room for people of other faiths, does not mean that we are defenders of our own faith. Priests are called to proclaim Christ. We do that every day and in every meeting with people. But that does not mean that we are stingy toward people of other faiths, “writes Bishop Eva Brune at Stockholm pin homepage.
Has aroused protests
The proposal has triggered protests, Patrik Pettersson, priest of the Oscars parish in Stockholm, thinks that the proposal is noteworthy and writes on his blog:
“The church chapel can not reasonably be equated with prayer rooms at airports and hospitals chapel anyway. The Christian church churches and chapels are not the public areas at any time. “
And the Seamen’s Mission Director Kiki Wetterberg does not agree with the bishop.
– I have no problem with Muslim or Hindu sailors come here and pray. But I believe that we are a Christian church, so we keep the symbols. If I visit a mosque I did not ask them to take down their symbols. It’s my choice to go in there, she tells the magazine Dage n.