NEW YORK (CBS 2) — The leader of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York suggested the Ground Zero mosque be moved and as CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, he is offering to help broker a deal.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan said he supports religious freedom and the right of Muslims to build a mosque but questions whether developers should take a second look at building one so close to Ground Zero.

When Dolan was asked Wednesday about the mosque, he compared it to the Carmelite nuns wanting to put a convent near the Auschwitz concentration camp and the intervention of Pope John Paul II, who had it moved.

“John Paul II said ‘Why don’t we get together civilly and thoughtfully and with dignity and maybe decide a good solution’ and he’s the one who said ‘let’s keep the idea and maybe move the address.’ It worked there. It might work here,” Dolan said.

The leader of New York’s 2.5 million Catholics not only weighed in, he offered to act as a mediator to bring both sides together in compromise.

“If I can be a part, say but the word, in kind of a backdoor way I think we already are,” he said.

The archbishop’s statements came as a new poll showed an increase in the number of people who don’t think the mosque should be built at Ground Zero.

The Sienna Poll found 63-percent of New Yorkers were opposed to the mosque, while only 27-percent approve, an increase in opposition from a poll done two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added to the controversy when she demanded an investigation of groups opposing the Ground Zero mosque.

“There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque is being funded,” she said.

Meanwhile there was no word from albany about when governor paterson plans to meet with mosque leaders to discuss possible site alternatives.

Comments (11)
  1. Michelle says:

    Pelosi is such an eye soar. I think she needs her medications changed. Ugh.

  2. Dennis McMahon says:

    IIf you are against building it there you are against building it, it being the planned and approved mosque at that location. Certainly there would be no problem at any other location; right? But on Staten Island this same bishop also killed a plan for a mosque being built. Why not have the bishop lead his flock to with a strong statement(s) on-going strong statements in support of the right and the particular appropriateness of this particular mosque and its particular leadership for this particular location. Are the nut cases calling the shots inflamed by demagogic bomb throwers. Muslims were killed at 9/11. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enough of this killing and killing mentality. If we cave to the threats of our own domestic terrorists on this one, watch out!

  3. JB says:

    Have we turned into a bunch of Nazi’s and using Muslims as our Jews. Shame on everyone for grouping this effort for a new mosque with a terroist act. Grow up people and remeber this is America, where aour soldiers serve and die to protect these freedoms that you would take from this group.

  4. Ed says:

    The next time someone wants to build a church or synagogue are we going to have to mediate its location? Just wondering….

  5. Lorraine says:

    Kudos to the Archbishop. If anyone is going to broker a deal he is the man to get it done. Yes, I agree a mosque is the consttutional right of the Muslims, but not on or near Ground Zero. Why are the Muslims so intent on this site? and how would Washington feel if this issue was around the Pentagon? A mosque yes, ground zero, no way.

  6. John A.. says:

    The Archbishop of New york should stay out of this controversial issue.The Catholic church has enough of its own dirty laundry to wash.Enough said!

    1. Lorraine says:

      The archbishop is only trying to help resolve this controversial sitruatrion. Just because he is a Bishop, this is not a Catholic Church issue, and in my opinion the Catholic Church is taking the raps for all religions having the issues you are referring too.

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