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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall

Over at CNA is a report on the old cathedral church of Los Angeles - Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall.

The report says that following damage caused by the 1994 earthquake, the Archdiocese decided St. Viviana's cathedral wasn't worth the money to fix, despite urging of both public and Catholic pleas to keep the beautiful and historic old cathedral. Nope, said the Archdiocese, it isn't worth it and we can't afford to spend our money on that building. Instead, it was determined to build a new cathedral elsewhere.

So how has the story ended?

A developer spent $4.6 million to buy the old cathedral, and another $6 million to restore it, spending a grand total of $10.6 million dollars. Now, while we have the beautiful structure again, and that is a very good thing, it has been made into a "event venue". Here is a picture of what was:

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in its wisdom, decided to build this instead as the Cathedral and central church of the region:

At a total reported cost of between $163 and 195 million dollars.


Blogger Brendan Koop said...

Gee, do you think they might have been looking for an excuse to build a new cathedral? Hmmm....

I can imagine the glee on their faces when they realized the earthquake provided the perfect opportunity to break from the old cathedral. They even tried to bring a wrecking ball to it so that there would be no going back and only got stopped at the last minute (literally) by a restraining order.

September 05, 2007 5:16 PM  

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