Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saudi Arabia may allow a Catholic church

John Phillips has a story in the Washington Times today (March 29) indicating that Saudi Arabia is open to relaxing its absolute prohibition against even private practice of non-Muslim religions by guest workers (as from oil companies) within the Kingdom. The story is "Vatican, Saudis discuss a church," link here. Saudi Arabia may allow a Catholic church to be built. There is a church in Qatar, according to the story.

I have heard stories about workers in Saudi Arabia as far back as the 1970s. Religious police would search civilian work quarters for alcohol and other non-compliance. This would sound like a big problem for companies hiring technical workers to send them to Saudi Arabia and some other Muslim countries.

Pope John XXIII, however one feels about Catholic moral theology, may have been instrumental in helping the Reagan administration undermine Communism and the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

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