Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Reading Cardinal Sean's blog has been interesting and I was especially struck by his description of participating in the dedication Mass for the Baltimore Basilica after it's two year renovation:
The Cardinal wrote:
"When we first arrived in Baltimore for the Bishop's Conference, we were invited to take part in the dedication Mass on Sunday for the renovated Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, the Baltimore Basilica. It was a wonderful occasion to showcase this very historic church, were so much of the history of the Catholic Church in the United States took place."
Here is a picture of the Basilica:
After investing $32 million dollars and divesting the Church of its stained glass windows the final results can be seen here:
In all honesty it looks more like a courthouse than a Church to me.
Cardinal Keeler stated at the dedication that:
"We realize that we're only temporary guardians of it. It belongs to the community that gives it life and to the many future generations that will call this church their spiritual home."
This statement made me think of another historic Church and the future generations that are to be deprived of it. And I wonder if Cardinal Sean can see the irony in my mentioning it?
The latest proposal for the Latin Mass community (though I abhor the use of the word community)is to be re-assigned, and their allegiances realigned to Mary Immaculate in Newton, Massachusetts.
Here is picture of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church:
Another very strange coincidence. This would certainly give the conspiracy theorists who see in every action of some administrators the drive to make the Catholic Church in America the American Catholic Church ample ammunition.
Once this is gone, we will never get it back.