With my limited human understanding, I’d expect God to preserve His cathedral, as a witness that the Christian faith is the one to which the people should devote themselves.
"lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
On 9-11, I remember Guiliani pointing out that the Trinity Church was spared...
Perhaps God believes that a better symbol and witness for those surviving will be the surviving Christians on the ground, able to actually aid and comfort those in need, rather than a static and rebuildable building.
The Scriptures make it clear that rain falls on both good and bad persons. They also make it clear that such disasters cannot be automatically equated with the moral condition of the victims. Our human understanding is, indeed, limited. What we do know is that God can turn what is horrible into something very good because of His great justice and mercy. We know that His ways are higher than our ways.
>>With my limited human understanding, Id expect God to preserve His cathedral,
God preserves those cathedrals built with earthquake-resistant engineering in these sorts of situations. I’m thinking that was sorely lacking.