Tonight something odd happened. We celebrated a “Spirit of Assisi” thing at my local parish, which is run by the Franciscans. It was an interfaith event that the priest was really excited about, so I decided to give it a try. What happened next really scandalized me, and I want to know if I’m the one in the wrong here. After the priest welcomed everyone, he invited the speaker, a Muslim professor at the local university, to come up and speak from the pulpit, right next to the alter and the tabernacle (which had Jesus in it). The speaker spent 20 minutes quoting the Koran and Muhammad and talking about climate change. Then, after she sat down a local imam was invited up and chanted a big passage of the Koran in Arabic. We then did a few Catholic (but not too Catholic) songs and left.
Am I wrong in thinking that this isn’t ok? I get that interfaith events can be hit and miss, but this wasn’t just given in our big meeting area - It was in our church. Nobody bowed or genuflected before the Eucharist, or blessed themselves when they entered. It’s like the tabernacle was just another decoration. The Koran was read and sung from the same pulpit that the priest reads the Gospel. I thought that whole area around the alter (where you have to take a couple steps up) is special and reserved for the liturgy. Being a convert, I’m not 100% sure what the rules are like with things like that, but it sure feels wrong in my gut. Has anyone experienced something like this before?