New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan says his "major prayer" is that both sides in the debate over a proposed mosque and and community center blocks from the World Trade Center site can have a "respectful discussion" over plans.
Speaking on Thursday, the archbishop expressed his hope that both sides could be heard in "a thoughtful, civil, loving way." He also praised the efforts of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson in trying to bring everyone together, adding that he was proud of Bloomberg for expressing the "principals of religious freedom."
Dolan also said debate over the project is similar to one concerning Roman Catholic nuns at a convent at the Auschwitz death camp in the early 1990s. After meeting with both sides, Pope John Paul II eventually suggested the nuns move from the site.