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Joe Offer BS: Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire - April 2019 (100* d) RE: BS: Notre Dame Cathedral is on fire - April 2019 16 Apr 19

There's a very sweet, very religious, very anti-abortion Vietnamese woman in our parish who is very upset today about the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral. For her, the cathedral is very much a symbol of her faith. I love architecture, and I love the cathedral as a work of architecture, but the building gives me no religious inspiration whatsoever. It's completely out of line with my faith, which has no place for awe and power and majesty and authority. I tend for find God in the "still, small voice,", and not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire.

But still, I don't want to see churches demolished or sold or abandoned. They have great meaning for many people, including little people like my Vietnamese friend. And they are wonderful works of architecture that give a taste of artistry to otherwise-bleak cities all over the world.

But I do wonder what to do with these beautiful monstrosities.


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