Last Friday Bishop Egan and Mgr Vincent Harvey visited the Abu Bakr mosque in Southampton and joined them for Friday prayers.
Bishop Egan said, “Great Britain is a highly secular society. Yet you and I, Muslims and Christians, we are people of religion, faith and spirituality. We believe in God, and we believe that every human being is called to know Him, serve Him and love Him, to worship Him and to respect Him, and to find in Him ultimate happiness. It’s our task to
witness to this in society, so that other people, those who say they have no religion, those who say they’re not sure, those who are lost or on the margins, can find their way home to Him. This is why I’d like to ask you to pray also for us Christians, as we pray for you. Together, we have an important task in society and so we need to be strong, solid, authentic in our religion: in a word, holy. Indeed, it’s crucial for the well-being and the
future of our land, and something to think about as we prepare for the General Election next week.”
Mgr Harvey must respect the Islamic Faith. The modernist church of St Bede, Basingstoke was built under his direction and is reminiscent of a mosque- certainly not a Catholic Church at any rate!