Vatican Says Burning Quran Is Outrageous Act

September 8, 2010 - 8:48 AM
The Vatican office responsible for relations with Islam issued a stern statement Wednesday saying that every religion has the right to respect and protect its sacred books, places of worship and symbols.
Vatican City (AP) - The Vatican has denounced as "outrageous and grave" plans by an American Christian minister to burn copies of the Quran to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary.
 
The Vatican office responsible for relations with Islam issued a stern statement Wednesday saying that every religion has the right to respect and protect its sacred books, places of worship and symbols.
 
While deploring the terror attacks, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said they "cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community."
 
Pastor Terry Jones of the small, evangelical Dove World Outreach Center has said he would go ahead with plans to burn copies of Islam's holy book this weekend despite opposition.