I'd love to hear what Duncan Stroik thinks of "The Taj Mahony" in
I'm not Catholic, but I do join the numerous LA Catholics that are
left cold by "The Big Box Cathedral". The interior does have some nice
touches...but it sure ain't what comes to mind when you hear the
I live in St. Augustine, FL where we have a cathedral-basilica that is truly wonderful. It's small by European standards, and young (first part of the building dates to 1779), but it has been restored (after a fire in the 19th century) and reformed (in 1965 for the 400th anniversary of the city), and it's still beautiful. We were very fortunate that our renovation was done in 1965: before the bad guys took over, but too close to that time to permit or justify another renovation. Other churches and cathedrals were either destroyed or totally stripped at that time.
Someday, we're going to look back at 1970 and say, that was the year Satan almost overtook the Church. His spawn, such as Mahony, is still out there trying it. But it's too late and once again Satan has lost.
That looks like anything but a cathedral.