The concern was relayed to local Roman Catholic leaders, Msgr. Sullivan said. He said Bishop McManus opted to withdraw the invitation "rather than undergo a media outcry."

"The bishop is the bishop and he made the decision," Msgr. Sullivan said.

"I was not looking for a problem," he said. "The bishop felt that by disinviting him we would be avoiding a problem in casting a bad light on Christian-Islamic relations," Msgr. Sullivan said. "Why risk that?"

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