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Fake Unity: Vatican Newspaper Celebrates Berlin's "One-Religion" Temple

A coalition of "Christians," "Jews," and "Muslims" laid on May 27 the foundation stone for the Berlin interfaith temple called "House of One" (in English).

The projected €50 million building is of startling ugliness. It will be financed by the German state, Berlin City and a crowdfunding campaign, and is built on the foundations of the Catholic St Peter Church which was damaged during Second World War and torn down by Communist East Germany in 1964.

The temple anticipates Francis’ Abrahamitic House in Abu Dhabi. For L’Osservatore Romano, it is an “innovative project that creates a common space for the three great, monotheistic religions." However, beyond the Vatican's ideology, reality is more complex.

The Muslim partner of the temple belongs to Fethullah Gülen's Hizmet movement, which is opposed by many Turkish Moslems in Germany.

The Jewish part is represented by Reform Judaism, a theological fringe group which is rejected by observant Jews.

Finally, "the Christians" are represented by the Lutheran Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a member of the "Evangelical Church in Germany" which promotes abortion, homosexualism, and gender ideology.

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mccallansteve
Francis must be so happy that the one world religion is that much closer
Liam Ronan
Something's definitely much closer, mccallansteve, but whether Francis will be happy with that something is unlikely.
123jussi
When it falls they will all go away ,not with different languages but different genders!
P. O'B
In just about every way except officially (and maybe even that, for all I know) the Church now teaches that all religions are just swell. And then the Church wonders why the former faithful have left her, why vocations are lagging, why "Catholic" politicians don't pay any attention to her..
lelkihaz
This is the New Babilon
Eva
Berlin Archbishop Koch is a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Jungerheld
The top looks like a bell tower. They could match the ugliness of the building with ugliness of sound, striking a bell, gong, and blowing some kind of horn all at once.
Ultraviolet
At least Catholics aren't involved, just non-Christians and heretics.
Eva
Berlin Archdiocese approved the project, but does not pay for it.