In the world Council of churches criticized the change in the status of Hagia Sophia
The return of Hagia Sophia mosque status in Turkey may lead to a religious schism and to create a dangerous precedent for other religious groups, said in a letter to the acting Director General of the world Council of churches John Sauka Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In the letter, released Saturday by the press service of the world Council of churches, Sauka expresses "grief and confusion VSS and 350 churches from 110 countries, members of the Council" regarding the step taken by the Turkish authorities in respect of Hagia Sophia.
"Deciding to make Hagia Sophia back as a Church, you have reversed the positive signs of Turkey's openness and turned them into signs of exclusion and separation", the letter reads.
Sauka regrets that the Turkish decision was adopted without discussion of the situation with UNESCO, given the international value of Hagia Sophia.
According to him, the return of Hagia Sophia mosque status "will inevitably lead to uncertainty, suspicion and distrust, undermine all efforts to bring people of different faiths at the table of dialogue and cooperation".
WBU also fear that the decision of the Turkish authorities "will inspire the ambitions of other groups anywhere who want to change the existing status quo and to promote the idea of separation of religious communities."